The Department of Corrections has recruited individuals to fill 43 officer vacancies, the largest cycle of recruits that will graduate from the department.
“This is a big step for our island’s prison system,” Acting Governor Ray Tenorio said. “Hiring more correction officers will help protect our officers who put their lives on the line everyday to keep our community safe.”
The recruits are currently going through psychological evaluations. Their training cycle is expected to start by the end of August, which will include Basic Correction Officer Training.
Recruiting new officers continues to be one of the department’s top priorities, according to DOC Director Tony Lamorena. Within the last year, the department hired 19 officers to fill vacancies. The department anticipates hiring another 12 officers before the end of the year.
“The addition of 43 officers will decrease the department’s amount of overtime and will ensure we have the number of officers needed to successfully operate the prison,” Lamorena said.