The Delaware Department of Correction launched a new incentive program for hiring Correctional Officers in hope of filling vacancies in facilities throughout Delaware.

Beginning April 10, new correctional officers joining the agency will receive a $3,000 hiring incentive to be paid in two installments.

A candidate must complete the Correctional Employee Initial Training Academy to receive the first $1,500. They will also receive a second installment of $1,500 18 months from initial date of hire. DOC also will be offering a $1,000 referral incentive to existing DOC employees whose referrals are successfully hired.

Effective July 1, the annual salary for a Correctional Officer will be increased to $43,000, which is a 22 percent increase over previous years. The DOC also is working with the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware through a new labor-management committee to study ways to help recruit and retain officers and decrease the use of mandatory overtime in Delaware’s prisons

Some of the other benefits offered upon joining the DOC team include benefit packages such as medical, dental and vision. DOC also offers 25 year retirement for those in the correctional series, as well as correctional officer education assistance.

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