BY BILL DEMAREST
NEW CITY – As Rockland County continues its push to hire new corrections officers to staff the county jail to fill vacancies created through numerous retirements, the latest class of corrections officers has completed its training.
A graduation ceremony was held last week to mark the end of training for the new officers, who will be working at the Rockland County Correctional Facility in New City.
Rockland County has given back-to-back tests over the past two years to obtain the necessary number of qualified candidates to be considered for openings and expected openings in the corrections division of the Rockland County Sheriff’s Department, which operates the jail.
County officials said the jail has expanded its staff recently to meet state staffing requirements, and many of the officers hired more than 20 years ago to meet staffing needs of the the current jail when it first opened have retired or are about to retire, creating numerous vacancies.