COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It has been 90 days since the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office began implementing a new program to recruit high school seniors to become correctional officers.
The program is designed for any graduating high school senior who may not have their college paths quite figured out to have an opportunity to join law enforcement
Applicants must be 18-years-old or older to take part in the program.
This is a mentorship program where individuals will be provided with the proper tools to become a professional in the law enforcement field with a starting salary of $34,000 a year, plus full benefits.
Recruits will attend a basic two-week jail course and then will be assigned a mentor and will work with that mentor for fifteen months.
After the age of 21, those already in the program will be eligible to attend Police Academy with eleven weeks of training and a starting salary of $39,000 a year.
The MCSO hopes this new approach will continue to spark the interest of high school seniors as their goal is to provide a meaningful career opportunity.