Thirty new corrections officers head throughout Southern Tier

By Steve Miller

June 6, 2014 Updated Jun 6, 2014 at 6:37 PM EST

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Local corrections officers working additional hours will soon get some much needed assistance.

30 people graduated from the Broome County Corrections Academy.

The group spent nine weeks in training before today's ceremony at Cornell Cooperative Extension in the Town of Dickinson.

Officials said the graduating class will fill the staffing needs of local jails.

"it's different than law enforcement. Law enforcement arrests somebody. They may have them for an hour or two then they're done. Those officers have someone there for days and months and even sometimes years," said Broome County Sheriff David Harder.

Graduate Justin Reif said, "We have a lot of legal training, medical training, hands-on defensive tactics, fire arms. It's been a lot of different things and a lot of different challenges we've all overcome and gone through as a team."

The graduates will be working in the Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Tioga and Tompkins County Jails.