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$5,000 Incentive for new correctional officers

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TOWSON, MD  – The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is offering new correctional officers $5,000 in financial incentives to join the department.

Those who complete the correctional officer training academy will receive $2,000. An additional $3,000 incentive will be granted after the successful completion of their one-year probationary period on the job.

The department already offers $500 to any employee who recommends a successful correctional officer candidate. All of the incentives aim at reducing department vacancies.

In addition, the department has been shutting down older facilities and transferring hundreds of officers where they are needed most. Over the past two years, Secretary Stephen T. Moyer has closed the decrepit Baltimore City Detention Center, part of the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown and most recently, the Jail Industries Building in Baltimore.

“We believe public safety is not just a job,” Moyer said. “We hope these incentives will encourage qualified candidates to join our team to begin a rewarding career in corrections.”

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