Panama City, FL –
DeFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (WMBB) – The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is looking to hire more people to work in their correctional facility.
The prison faces a shortage of custodial assistants, also known as correctional officers, according to Administrative Sgt. Jermaine Brown.
“We are currently 20 positions down, approximately,” Sgt. Brown said. “We are looking to recruit more staff and employees to work here in the institution to work with inmates, to supervise inmates… and it’s not just about supervising inmates, it’s rehabilitation, recurrence… keep them inside and out.
Sgt. Brown said he enjoyed working with the sheriff’s office for the past eight years.
“I like to solve problems with people and just be that role model for that person… Not just the employee, but also the inmates,” Sgt. Brown said.
The prison offers various programs for MPs and inmates, including a fully functioning farm, where they can grow and eat their own fruits and vegetables.
“We have a farm, and the ladies go over there and work with the farm crew, and we have the animal shelter,” Sgt. Brown said. “There are all different types of different programs that they participate in to help them not to return to the facility.”
A bonus of $ 5,000 is offered to certified detention deputies who are hired, and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office is offering to sponsor potential deputies to undergo training to become certified.
The annual salary for a licensed Detention Assistant in the Walton County Sheriff’s Office is approximately $ 38,000, along with pension and education benefits.
“It’s a great career,” Sgt. Brown said. “Sometimes it’s tough, but it’s definitely a great career… something you can look forward to.”
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