From the West Alabama Newsroom-- The Alabama Department of Corrections continues to add new officers to the state prison system.
The state's largest law enforcement agency graduated seventy new officers Thursday in Selma.
Graduates had to complete three months of intense physical and academic training to certify as corrections officers.
DOC officials say it's the first of three classes they have planned for this year.
Latema Harrell of Montgomery was one of the graduates.
"The staff and the training they help you, it doesn't matter how big or small you are, the training they give here at the academy, it could be for anybody, anybody could do it," said Harrell.
Alabama currently has one of the highest inmate to officer ratios in the country at about ten to one.
DOC officials say recruiting new officers remains a top priority.