November 7, 2014
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Tallahassee, Fla. –The Florida Department of Corrections is proud to recruit, employ and support our nation’s veterans and military personnel.
The Department hired over 300 veterans since last July. To aid in that number, over the past few months, the Department of Corrections has partnered with the National Guard to hire veterans and military personnel. The leadership skills and experiences that veterans obtain during their service to our nation’s military make them excellent candidates to work in the corrections profession. There have been eight hiring events across the state in cities such as Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville and Pensacola since the partnership began. The Department continues to plan for more hiring events across Florida.
Additionally, the Department of Corrections also have two inmate dog training programs, Pals N Pups and Hardee Hero Hounds, that inmates help train dogs to become companion or service animals for veterans. The Pups N Pals program partners with Halifax Humane society and the Orlando VA for the “Paws of Freedom” program. Twelve dogs spend seven weeks training with inmates to learn basic obedience commands. The Hardee Hero Hounds program partners with the Greyhound Advancement Center to take race track greyhounds and put them through an 8-10 week course that will acclimate them to people and give them obedience training. The dogs who take training at a faster pace will be selected for further training to become a veteran’s assistant or receive training to be a therapy assistant.
“Veterans Day is a time to thank and remember our nation’s veterans and the service they have done in protecting our freedom,” Secretary Crews said. “The Department of Corrections is proud to recruit, hire and support our nation’s heroes with our programs.”
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.