The effort by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to bolster its corps of Correctional Officers has been so successful that it is extending a temporary moratorium on new applications until it whittles down a backlog of applications it has already received.

Faced with a backlog of 32,000 applications in a recruitment campaign that began two and one-half years ago, CDCR is extending the hold on new applications until April 1, 2016.

The recruitment campaign began in July 2013 with a goal of hiring 7,000 Correctional Officers to compensate for a large number of retirements among officers who joined CDCR as it expanded its size 30 years ago.  Construction of new facilities in recent years to provide medical and mental health services, including the California Health Care Facility in Stockton, also created a demand for more officers.

Through December 2015, 5,213 cadets completed the application and screening process and attended CDCR’s training academy.  Of those, 4,913 have graduated and accepted work assignments in either adult or juvenile offender facilities.

During the moratorium, CDCR will continue to screen applications it has already received and will continue to begin a new cadet training academy every four weeks.

Applicants with questions can call (916) 255-2500 for more information.