Huntsville, Texas - The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has released a new recruiting video in an attempt to fill vacancies in the agency after losing over 6,000 officers this last year. The agency remains over 3,200 officers short. Other Texas criminal justice professionals, such as DPS Troopers and game wardens received a 20% pay increase, while the correctional officers only received a 5% stretched out over a two year period.
It will take at least a 20% to 25% pay increase to fill these vacancies as the Texas economy continues to grow. The recruiting video is a start, but pay will be the factor which draws qualified applicants to the agency.