Friday, October 19, 2007

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Graduates Another Large Class of Correctional Officers

Work is important to prison reforms underway statewide

Galt – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today graduated the largest class this year of correctional officers at the R.A. McGee Correctional Training Academy in Galt. The correctional officer training is part of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s commitment to increase public safety in the state’s prison system.

CDCR Secretary James Tilton expressed his appreciation and congratulations to the cadets, “I applaud these newest correctional officers, who are committed professionals and dedicated to this honorable profession. We salute you as you begin this next phase of your career, by committing yourself to the public safety and service of California communities.”

The 408 graduates of the program have already been assigned to specific adult correctional institutions where they will begin their careers as correctional officers. Cadets receive 640 hours of instruction during the 16 week academy, including classes in leadership and ethics, crime scene investigation, inmate supervision, emergency operations, first aid, and physical fitness training. Upon graduation from the academy, new correctional officers earn more than $45,000 per year. Top level correctional officers can earn more than $73,000 per year.

The Department is making progress toward meeting its goal to select and hire correctional officers to fill every established position vacancy, including new court required positions. CDCR has intensified its recruitment efforts to increase the number of correctional officers who are needed throughout the state. CDCR receives approximately 7,500 correctional officer applications per month. Typically, only four percent of the potential candidates pass the selection process, which includes psychological, academic, background investigation, medical and physical fitness evaluations.

During the last calendar year, approximately 2,595 cadets have graduated from the academy. CDCR currently has approximately 23,260 correctional officers. For more information visit: http://www.joincdcr.com/