NORWELL — Thirty-six new correctional officers were sworn in Friday after finishing the Plymouth County Sheriff Department's Basic Correctional Officer Academy training program.
The academy's sixth graduating class began the training in September.
According to a press release, the program combined classroom work with a physical regimen of drills and exercises.
"As you embark on your career in the field of corrections, you can be confident that your weeks of hard work and study have prepared you well," Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr. said during the graduation ceremony. "I wish you great success as you enter public service."
The graduating class included eight women and nine officers who have been in the military.
Brian Geraghty, director of training, said the new graduates come from 20 communities, including Plymouth, Brockton and Bridgewater.
McDonald said this year's class was the most competitive during his tenure. Of the 450 people who applied, only 36 were chosen.
The graduation ceremony was held at the Norwell Community Theatre.