BY HEATHER WALTERS
Two new officers have recently graduated from the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy as detention officers at the Colleton County Detention Center in Walterboro.
Ashley Gonzalez and Regina Morris are recent graduates. Both Gonzalez and Morris completed the SCCJA’s three-week course for detention officers.
Morris is a 42-year-old Estill resident. Prior to coming to the Colleton County Detention Center, she was a detention officer for the Hampton Detention Center. She is also a former officer with the Estill Police Department and a former security officer with the U.S. Security Associates.
Gonzalez has no prior law enforcement experience. However, the 34-year-old Walterboro native has worked within the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office in other capacities for the past several years.
“The officers at the detention center are important to safety and security of the inmates and facility,” said Colleton County Detention Center Captain Shane Roberts. “The officers ensure inmates follow the rules of the jail. The officers implement established policies and procedures,” he said.
According to Roberts, some of the roles that detention center officers conduct daily are processing inmates, maintaining jail security, serving meals, transporting inmates to court, doctors’ appointments, searching prisoners, and taking charge of personal property.
“Although being a detention officer has its risks, officers find it rewarding through providing a stable environment for inmates and ensuring the judicial system is at work for the citizens of Colleton County.”
The Colleton County Detention Center does have more job openings. If anyone is interested, you are asked to contact the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office at 843-549-2211.