MADRAS, OR -- Oregon’s Department of Corrections is hosting a unique recruiting event on Saturday, in an effort to hire at least five new correctional officers for Deer Ridge Prison in Madras. Steve Cox, with the DOC, tells KBND News, "The whole purpose of this is to bring prospective applicants in where they can sit down and do their NEOGOV application, take the proficiency testing, have an interview that day and, if selected, sit down with a background investigator by the end of the day. This is the first time we’ve ever done this as an agency."
"Nationwide, we’re dealing with a public safety hiring crisis, trying to get enough qualified applicants to fill the positions that we have," says Cox. "The concept here is taking what would normally be a three-month or four-month period of time and condensing it into one day."
Applicants must be U.S. citizens at least 21-years-old with a high school diploma or GED. They also must be able to pass a criminal background check and health screening. There is no experience necessary. "I think one of the biggest misperceptions we deal with in the public safety field is what’s put out on movies and TV shows. Our responsibility is to model to adults in custody, pro-social skills. So, that’s the ideal candidate we’re looking for is somebody that can come in, has great social skills themselves, is able to work well with others, is able to coach and mentor and teach."
Cox says it all begins at the Deer Ridge Correctional Institution, Saturday at 9 a.m., and could last as long as 12 hours; lunch and dinner are provided. Click HERE