Want to be a correctional officer at the new Okanagan prison?

Band Chief Clarence Louie and Attorney General Suzanne Anton unveil the plan for the facility on Friday, May 23, 2014.

PENTICTON - B.C. Corrections is looking for South Okanagan residents interested in becoming correctional officers to work at the new prison when it opens in 2016.

The Justice Institute and B.C. Corrections will hold information sessions in Osoyoos, Penticton and Oliver throughout October and November.

There will be orientation sessions to provide an overview of correctional work, including culture, safety, and security and readiness sessions that focus on corrections and the justice system, the roles and duties of a correctional officer, the unique needs of the offender population. As well, sessions will provide information on how to apply to the correctional program.

Construction on the high-security, 378-cell Okanagan Correctional Centre began this spring in Oliver. More than 240 full-time correctional officer jobs will open up in the region for veteran officers and new recruits.

Orientation sessions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the Osoyoos Band Resource Building, Oct. 7 at Osoyoos Secondary, Oct. 8 at the Oliver Parks and Recreation Centre, and Oct. 9 at the Days Inn in Penticton. 

There are four readiness sessions to choose from: Oct. 14-17 from 6 to 9:15 p.m. at the Osoyoos Indian Band Community Hall; Oct. 18-19 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at South Okanagan Secondary in Oliver; Oct. 25-26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Osoyoos Secondary; and Nov. 8-9 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the YMCA in Penticton.

Those interested in attending can call 604-462-5170 or register by email at recruiter.occ@gov.bc.ca with REGISTER in the subject line. Please include first and second session choices and contact information in the email.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at marcher@infotelnews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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