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RIDOC Announces Correctional Officer Recruitment Campaign Kickoff

CRANSTON, R.I. February 27, 2017 Men and women who are looking for a challenging career opportunity are invited to consider becoming a Correctional Officer. The Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC) will officially kick off the recruitment period for its next Correctional Officer Training Academy on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, at 10 AM, at the netWORKri office at One Reservoir Ave., Providence. The kickoff event is open to the public and members of the press are encouraged to attend.

Cheryl Burrell, Associate Director of the Department of Administration's Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity, will emcee the event and will deliver opening remarks, followed by Directors A.T. Wall, II (RIDOC) and Scott R. Jensen (Department of Labor and Training). Also bringing greetings will be some of the partners in the recruitment effort:
Jim Vincent, President of the NAACP Providence Branch.
Mario Bueno, Executive Director, Progreso Latino.
Channavy Chhay, Executive Director, Center for South East Asians.
Darrell Waldron, Director, Rhode Island Indian Council.
Muraina Akinfolarin, OASIS International.
Kobi Dennis, Project Night Vision.
LTC Lisa Meriwether, RI National Guard.
Kelly Nevins, Women's Fund of RI.

Individuals interested in applying for a spot in the Training Academy for Class 82 can fill out an application online at Applications will be accepted March 1st March 22nd, 2017. The RIDOC is an equal opportunity/diversity employer, and women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants who have questions may call the Training Academy at 401-462-JOBS.

Optional two-hour information sessions will be conducted on:
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 5 pm 7 pm
Thursday, March 9, 2017 4 pm 6 pm
Saturday, March 11, 2017 10 am 12 noon
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 5 pm 7 pm
Thursday, March 16, 2017 4 pm 6 pm
Saturday, March 18, 2017 10 am 12 noon

These information sessions will address the following topics:
- The Mission of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections
- Corrections philosophy
- Correctional Officer duties
- The application and selection process, including physical fitness requirements
- The testing process

Individuals interested in attending one of these sessions being offered by the RIDOC's Training Academy should pre-register by calling 401-462-2697 at least two days in advance.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, possess a valid photo ID, have a Social Security card or alien registration card, be a high school graduate or have a GED, and be fluent in English. The Rhode Island residency requirement no longer applies.

The selection process includes a written and video-based examination, BCI/NCIC, a physical fitness test, a background investigation, an appointment with the Director's Interview Board, a psychological assessment, and a medical screening.

Those who are selected for the nine-week non-residential Training Academy will receive a weekly stipend of $500. The paramilitary training will include instruction on many subjects including the following: security procedures, supervision of inmates, suicide signs/precautions, use of force, report writing, inmate rules and regulations, inmate rights, fire and emergency procedures, safety procedures, firearms training, defensive tactics, CPR/First- aid certification, baton certification, physical training, O.C. certification, key and tool control, communication skills, inmate lifestyles, and stress management.

The duties of a Correctional Officer include the supervision, custody, and control of adult inmates incarcerated at the Adult Correctional Institutions (ACI) in Cranston. Upon appointment, the starting salary is $50,365, and benefits include health, dental and vision coverage, pension plan, paid vacations, paid personal days, paid holidays, sick leave benefit, step pay increases, college incentive pay, and clothing maintenance allowance.

For further information about the Training Academy or the Department of Corrections, please visit

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  • Release date: 03-01-2017

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