State welcomes new class of adult corrections officers

The Dept. of Public Safety welcomed a new class of adult corrections officers Friday.

An official swearing-in and graduation ceremony was held for 37 new ACOs at Hale Koa Hotel. The officers will now work at various prison and jail facilities around Oahu.

This comes after recent visitations to Oahu prisons were cancelled because of a staffing shortage.

“We’re going to acknowledge we still have those problems with visitation,” said Max Otani, the department’s deputy director. “We still have problems with people not coming in to work, but we’re looking at the future right now and the future is the people we bring in to the department.”

The Dept. of Public Safety is always looking for recruits.

Its Basic Corrections Training Program is an 8-week course that includes 440 hours of classroom time and physical training.

This is the second class on Oahu to receive the new revised Recruit Field Training as well as the updated recruitment testing that was part of the revamped Basic Correction Training.

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