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CDCR welcomes 252 new correctional officers

A warden and graduating correctional officer cadets with class 5-23A.
Keynote speaker Warden Bryan Phillips with future SATF officers.

Graduation includes dedication of badge number 100,000

Another 252 correctional officers joined the ranks of CDCR at the Basic Correctional Officer Academy (BCOA) Class 5-23A graduation on Aug. 4.

CDCR badge with the number 100,000 at the bottom.
CDCR badge number 100,000.

The new officers also saw badge number 100,000 issued. This important milestone was dedicated to the Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center and all current, former and future staff who mentor, instruct and pave the way to enhance CDCR’s mission and vision.

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Warden Bryan Phillips was the keynote speaker during the ceremony, welcoming the new 252 correctional officers into the CDCR family.

Families attending the ceremony at the Galt training center celebrated their loved ones’ accomplishments.

Peace Officer Selection and Employee Development (POSED) Office of Peace Officer Selection (OPOS) invites all CDCR staff to be recruiters by sharing the benefits and opportunities available in a career as a Correctional Officer.

Interested applicants can apply online at

To learn more about the correctional officer selection process, watch this video.

Basic Correctional Officer Academy quick facts

  • The Basic Correctional Officer Academy (BCOA) is 13 weeks long and is located in Galt.
  • To attend the academy, you must complete the selection process and accept an institution assignment.
  • After accepting an assignment, you will receive an email with the information needed before the start of the academy. You must submit the required peace officer selection forms and handouts as specified in the e-mail/letter. Institution assignments are based on department needs.
  • If you live more than 30 miles from the academy (one way), you have the option of living on-site at no cost or off-site at your own expense. You may leave the grounds from the end of the scheduled duty day on Friday until the start of the scheduled duty hours on Monday. All attending cadets will be provided meals during the academy.
  • Each cadet will need $1,300 to $1,500 to buy required uniforms, equipment/accessories, athletic gear, and school supplies. Once you graduate and report to your institution, you will be eligible to receive an annual uniform allowance of up to $1,000.
  • During the Academy, cadets earn $4,099 per month. After graduating, the salary increases. (See the current pay rates.)

Photos by Sgt. H. Berberena
Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center

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