Undersecretary Diana Toche leads two groups of cadets on a lap around the new all-weather track at the training center in Galt.

Undersecretary Diana Toche leads two groups of cadets on a lap around the new all-weather track at the training center in Galt.

By Joe Orlando, CDCR Public Information Officer
Photos by Cameron Applegate, CDCR TV Specialist
Office of Public and Employee Communications

For Correctional Officer cadets, there will be no more running on an old, outdated, rutted asphalt track. A new all-weather surface track was recently unveiled at the Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center in Galt. The new track is designed to help cut down on injuries and save money for the department in the long run.

Undersecretary Diana Toche and Sgt. Keven Stewart cut the ribbon on the new track at the training center.

Undersecretary Diana Toche and Sgt. Keven Stewart cut the ribbon to open the new track at the training center.

With Academy Administrator Robert Calderon serving as master of ceremonies, Dr. Diana Toche, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Undersecretary of Health Care Services, and academy Sgt. Keven Stewart cut the ribbon, officially opened the track.

Others who were a part of the project included CDCR Director of the Division of Administrative Services Alene Shimazu, Deputy Director of Human Resources Lisa Lassetter and Associate Director of the Peace Officer Selection and Employee Development Stacy Lopez.

“The most important reason for the new track was to cut down on the number of injuries and safety concerns that occurred while running on the old track and asphalt in inclement weather,” said Calderon.

Calderon said the work was done by Sinclair General Engineering and Construction and took four months.

So who’s permitted to use the new track?

“The primary use is for cadet physical training but is available to all staff at the Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center,” said Calderon

Calderon said there are no lights installed around the track now, but if the budget allows, they would eventually like to have lights so the track can also be used at night.

After the ceremony, Dr. Toche ran the first lap followed closely by two cadet companies in training. A number of others walked as well.