Recently, there have been efforts to distort key issues regarding employee pay and training for correctional officers employed by the Department of Corrections. Secretary Moore is happy to offer the following comparison of myth vs. fact.
MYTH #1: DOC is planning to cut training and standards for correctional officers.
FACT #1: DOC wants to raise professional training and standards for correctional officers by offering them an improved curriculum and "hands-on" training in prisons. Our proposal offers 535 hours of training, with 240 hours in the classroom and 295 hours in a prison. The prison training would be closely supervised. The goal is to give trainees the real-life experience of working in a prison, and to tailor the curriculum to the specific needs of our department.
MYTH #2: The DOC pay plan rewards junior correctional officers at the expense of senior officers.
FACT #2: This myth attempts to drive a wedge between junior and senior officers. The fact is that retaining junior officers and reducing turnover are major goals of our pay plan. Turnover among junior officers is a serious and expensive issue for the department. Our proposal increases the entry-level base rate of pay for officers through the rank of captain. We value and appreciate all of our employees, especially those who have the tough job of working in prisons and with inmates.
MYTH #3: The title of correctional officer will be changed to "guard."
FACT #3: This is false. There is no such proposal.