OLIVET — Two Berrien County Sheriff’s Department deputies, John Wiggs and Cody Lange, recently completed a corrections officer training academy at Olivet College.

The four-week academy offered a comprehensive, interactive instruction program in various disciplines for jail deputies. Training topics included custody and security, defensive tactics, first aid (including CPR and AED procedures), suicide awareness, fire safety and interpersonal communications.

The academy, certified by the Michigan Sheriffs’ Coordinating and Training Council, is an important element of providing the necessary skills for maintaining a safe, secure environment for jail staff, inmates and county residents, according to a news release.

“I want to congratulate these deputies for their effort in completing this vital training,” Sheriff Paul Bailey said. “The skills learned at this academy will help them safely and effectively manage our inmate population. The training helps our deputies develop and practice the tools necessary to be successful in this high-stress environment.”