In this video screen capture, Lt. Ray Baez sits down with CBS 47 to discuss CDCR's efforts to hire 7,000 Correctional Officers by 2016.

In this video screen capture, Lt. Ray Baez sits down with CBS 47 to discuss CDCR’s efforts to hire 7,000 Correctional Officers by 2016.

Correctional Officer jobs offer paid training, benefits, retirement

Lt. Ray Baez recently sat down with CBS 47 to discuss the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s effort to hire 7,000 Correctional Officers by 2016.

“It’s mostly due to retirement,” Lt. Baez said. “We had a big boom in the mid-’80s and a lot of those officers who were hired are reaching retirement age and are retiring.”

According to Lt. Baez, those interested in applying to become a Correctional Officer need to be at least 20 years old at the time of application, possess a high school diploma or GED, be a U.S. citizen or have applied for citizenship, and have no felony convictions.

“It’s a tough job but anybody can do it,” Lt. Baez told CBS 47. “You get great training. … We have a 16-week paid academy. Your food and lodging is taken care of and it is located in Galt, California. … It’s 60 percent physical, 40 percent academic. Upon completion of that academy, you get to go to work in one of our 34 prisons.”

He said the website, joincdcr.com, offers tips, a practice test and videos of the physical fitness test as well as a page for veterans.

“On that website there are a lot of resources (and) a lot of information,” he said.

What does the future look like for new recruits?

“They are joining one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the country and one of the best paid,” Lt. Baez said. “We have a great retirement package, great benefits and the opportunity for advancement is extraordinary.”

Lt. Baez said new Correctional Officers could find themselves working anywhere from “the Oregon border down to the Mexican border, from the beach to Arizona and Nevada (borders).”

To apply, visit https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Career_Opportunities/.

Learn more here, http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2013/12/cdcr-to-hire-approximately-7000-correctional-officers/

Watch the full video (some CDCR computers may not be able to play the video):

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What’s it like to be a cadet? Read about it here, http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2013/09/day-in-the-life-of-a-cdcr-cadet/

What’s it like to be a trainer? Read about it here, http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2013/10/day-in-the-life-of-a-cdcr-academy-sergeant/

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