FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 2021
Contact: FDC Communications
Florida Correctional Officer Trainee Dies on Duty
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) today announced the passing of Correctional Officer Trainee Whitney Cloud.
“We are absolutely devastated by the loss of Officer Whitney Cloud,” said Secretary Mark Inch. “As a newly hired officer trainee, Officer Cloud vowed to make a difference in the lives of others and protect her community. We are immensely saddened by this unexpected tragedy. Our deepest condolences go out to her loved ones and fellow officers during this extremely difficult time.”
Whitney Cloud was assigned to Jefferson Correctional Institution and enrolled in training at the Harry K. Singletary Training Academy at Wakulla Correctional Institution in Crawfordville. It appears she was injured by an accidental discharge during firearms training on August 26, 2021. No other staff were involved. She was transported to a nearby hospital where she later passed. She began her public safety career with the Department June 25, 2021.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is the lead investigative agency on this incident.
As Florida's largest state agency, and the third largest state prison system in the country, FDC employs 24,000 members, incarcerates 80,000 inmates and supervises nearly 145,000 offenders in the community.