YORK COUNTY, SC (YCSO NEWS) – Eight York County Sheriff’s Office Detention Officers graduated the YCSO Detention Officer Leadership Development program and two of those officers are now nationally certified jail officers.
For six months the officers were instructed and challenged in a Leadership Development Program which encompassed leadership, goal setting, success and career planning. In addition, the curriculum included cross training one-week per month in various functions within the detention center. Those functions include; Master Control Operations, Inmate Classification Operations, Booking Operations, Shift Supervisory Operations. Once complete, the officers were required to pass an exam that encompasses all areas they were trained in, information they were taught, facility policies, South Carolina minimum standards, as well as correctional legal information.
The Leadership Development Program graduates include Corporal John Castro, Corporal Lisa Love-Salinas, Corporal Niesha Foote, Officer Sean Costello, Officer Florence Green, Officer Sherry Jemison, Officer Quintoya Mobley, and Officer Derick Ward.
In addition to the graduating from the leadership development program, Cpl. Castro and Cpl. Love-Salinas received the national designation of Certified Jail Officer (CJO) by the authority of the American Jail Association through the Jail Manager Certification Commission.
This certification is granted upon the successful completion of a background application and an intensive three-hour examination jointly prepared by the American Jail Association and the Jail Manager Certification Commission. Certification in jail operations is a demonstration of competency and professionalism in the field. It documents the mastery of a strong level of knowledge in the specialty and demonstrates continuing education and growth.
The American Jail Association is a national, nonprofit, educational organization delivering professional development, personal certification, and advocacy services to correctional personnel at all ranks and operational levels working in this Nation’s 3,200-plus jails and detention facilities. It is the only association of its kind that focuses exclusively on issues affecting today’s jail professional. Appointed by the association’s Board of Directors, the five-member commission administers the Certified Jail Manager program, in addition to the Certified Jail Officer program; sets policy; and assures the two programs reflect the changing needs of the profession.
For more information, visit www.americanjail.org/education/certifications/