YORK COUNTY, SC (YCSO) – Another York County Sheriff’s Office Detention Officer has earned certification as nationally recognized jail officer. On October 4, 2019, Corporal Christopher Hodges was honored by Sheriff Kevin Tolson for receiving the national designation of Certified Jail Officer (CJO) by the authority of the American Jail Association through the Jail Manager Certification Commission. Cpl. Hodges becomes the ninth YCSO Detention Officer to earn this certification in 2019.
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/