Florida DOC wants to hire 4,000 new corrections officers by July 2017
Facing ongoing vacancies and projected turnover, the Florida Department of Corrections announced today that it wants to hire more than 4,000 correctional officers statewide over the next 15 months.
The agency has about 1,300 vacancies at any given time and has struggled to maintain proper staffing levels across its dozens of facilities statewide.
“Properly staffing our institutions is critical to the safe and secure operations of our facilities. To ensure that our prisons are staffed appropriately, the Department is seeking more than 4,000 qualified individuals to proudly and bravely serve our state as correctional officers," DOC Secretary Julie Jones said in a statement today.
The agency aims to hire the officers between now and July 2017.
Jones added: "Our hiring efforts are focused on recruiting courageous, honorable and hardworking men and women to join our team and take on our mission to provide a continuum of services to meet the needs of those entrusted to our care, creating a safe and professional environment with the outcome of reduced victimization, safer communities and an emphasis on the premium of life.”
Check back later for more on this story from the Herald's Julie K. Brown.