Delaware Department of Correction announces $10K signing bonus


DOVER - The Delaware Department of Correction announced on Monday a $10,000 signing bonus for new correctional officer recruits, effective immediately, a news release said.

This increased $10,000 signing bonus is available now for the next Correctional Officer Training Academy class scheduled to begin in October, one of six academy classes offered throughout the year.

Candidates can begin their application process online at Potential applicants who have questions about the hiring process or want to learn more about the Department are encouraged to contact DOC’s recruiters at 302-739-JOIN (5646) or or can visit DOC’s recruiting webpage at

As an additional benefit, the DOC provides temporary lodging during the 13-week Correctional Officer Training Academy for cadets who reside more than 75 miles from department’s DOC’s Training Academy in Dover. The Delaware Department of Correction attracts significant numbers of Officer recruits from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond, including Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

“The Department of Correction’s ability to meet our public safety and reentry mission is driven by our success in recruiting and training committed and capable employees and supporting them through competitive pay, career advancement, and ongoing training,”

Department of Correction Commissioner Monroe B. Hudson Jr. said. “If you are looking for a rewarding career take a closer look at our generous signing bonus, excellent benefits, paid training academy, promotional opportunities, specialized unit assignments, and a 25-year retirement for officers.

“Now is your time to join Delaware’s largest law enforcement agency where you can contribute to public safety, support rehabilitation, and make our communities stronger.”

The $10,000 correctional officer signing bonus is the latest of several steps the Department of Correction has taken to reduce vacancies that have driven up the use of overtime shifts across Delaware’s four prison facilities. It comes as the department meets the challenge of historic low unemployment and increased competition across industries, including from other law enforcement agencies in Delaware and across the region.

The department has worked aggressively to reduce vacancies through several investments in recruitment and retention, including:

• Increasing the signing bonus for new correctional officers to $10,000 (up from $5,000).

• Increasing the correctional officer pension to incentivize current officers to continue their service beyond 20 years.

• Providing temporary lodging during the 13-week Correctional Officer Training Academy for cadets who reside more than 75 miles from the department’s Training Academy in Dover.

• Streamlining the hiring and background review process to move successful officer applicants more quickly to the training academy.

• Expanding recruitment through participation in local and regional job fairs, engaging with local colleges and universities, and attending community events to raise awareness of department hiring and meet potential applicants.

• Promoting departmental hiring through advertising and outreach, including billboard, radio, social media, and television advertising.

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