By Chris Fish
PALM BAY -- Those interested in a career in corrections are encouraged to apply for this year's Corrections Academy at Eastern Florida State College.
The Public Safety Institute at Eastern Florida State College is currently recruiting students for its 2014 Corrections Academy.
The deadline to apply for the full-time academy is Monday, Feb 3. The program, which will accept 25-30 recruits, begins on Monday, March 3, and is scheduled to run for approximately 13 weeks.
"A career in corrections offers many challenges and rewards," said Tonia Graham, public safety coordinator at the Public Safety Institute. "There are numerous promotional opportunities and specialized assignments available."
Mrs. Graham said that students wishing to apply must be at least 19 years of age, complete the Crimial Justice Basic Abilities Test for Corrections and have their fingerprinting completed with Brevard Police Testing.
"The Corrections Academy training is both physically and mentally demanding" she said. "(It) is a disciplined, paramilitary program, designed to prepare the student to work in the field of corrections, providing care, custody and supervision for incarcerated individuals."
Corrections officers are responsible for overseeing individuals, who have been arrested and are awaiting trial, or who have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to serve time in a jail, a reformatory or a prison, Mrs. Graham said.
Officers maintain security and inmate accountability to prevent disturbances, assault and escapes. They maintain order within the institution and enforce rules and regulations.
Successful completion of the academy allows the student to sit for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement State Officer Certification Examination, which must be completed upon graduation.
Ms. Graham said that candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible and work to meet all academy selection requirements.
For more information, visit www.easternflorida.edu.