The Hinds County Sheriff's Department is adding 22 new employees to its rolls at the Raymond Detention Center. That means a series of job fairs is coming to fill the slots.
The first happened Saturday at The Metro Center Mall. Hundreds of people to turned in applications.
"Law enforcement is very competitive, the turnover rate is extremely high, and then another reason we beefed up our efforts: We are actually responding to the recommendations of the grand jury. The grand jury said we needed to improve staffing at some of our facilities so we're working toward that effort," Othor Cain, a spokesperson for the Hinds County Sheriff's Department, said.
During an executive session with the Hinds County Board of Supervisors last week, officials considered other recommendations from the grand jury including creating an inmate discipline system and reducing the population of the jail.
The purpose is to avoid more injuries and damage at the Raymond Facility, according to the Grand Jury ruling.
"And we're hoping to get the best and brightest minds to work for the best department in Hinds county," Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis said.
"They made recommendations that we needed 22 additional people at the Raymond Detention Center specifically and we're just trying to get that done. We're operating in a six months window and we're trying to get it done," Cain said.
The department is also looking to hire a jail administrator.
More job fairs will be held through the end of October and into November. Recruiters will also target college campuses.
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