Thank a Correctional Officer this week

Sheriff Jay Koon

This week, May 6-10, is a time for us to recognize the dedicated men and women who have bravely chosen to serve in our jails and prisons. The life of a correctional officer involves overseeing the day-to-day activities of persons who have been arrested; awaiting trial or sentenced to serve time.

COs are charged with ensuring the safety of inmates currently incarcerated. They keep order in housing quarters, supervise daily activities and assist in offender rehabilitation. Officers working in correctional facilities screen visitors, prevent contraband from entering the buildings, educate inmates, and enforce policies and regulations.

Detention professionals within the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department are certified Class II Law Enforcement Officers in the state of South Carolina. Applicants for correctional positions go through an eight-step employment process, including a polygraph and psychological evaluation before they begin work. Once accepted for employment with LCSD, detention officer candidates attend a three-week Basic Detention training program at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Application requirements for correctional officers include: an individual must be 21 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, be a U.S. Citizen, have a clear criminal history, and be of sound morals and ethics. This position has a starting salary of $36,891, with a retirement plan and insurance benefits.

The Lexington County Detention Center is responsible for the security of hundreds inmates on a daily basis. We receive approximately 29 new inmates and release around the same number every day. With more than 500 full and part-time enforcement, corrections and civilian employees—the Sheriff’s Department is a place for professional challenge and growth. Interested in learning more about how our correctional officers serve the citizens of Lexington County? Call: 803-785-JOIN to speak to Recruiting Sergeant Rusinyak.

And remember to thank a CO for their hard work and commitment to public service. As a way to show your support, I’d like to extend an invitation to join us Tuesday, May 14, 9:30 a.m. at the law enforcement monument on the west lawn of the Marc H. Westbrook Judicial Center in Lexington for this year's Lexington County Law Enforcement Memorial Service.