Hiring interested candidates to attend an agency sponsored law enforcement to corrections cross over course. Any applicant who has passed the State of Florida Law Enforcement Certification Exam can contact Human Resources at 352-367-4040 for additional information.
New Department of the Jail Paws on Parole Program Announcement
The first graduation of the ACSO Paws on Parole Unleashed program was held on Friday, April 19, 2013, at 1100 a.m. The ceremony took place at the Alachua County Sheriff's Office Department of the Jail located at 3333 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida.
The Sheriff's Office began a partnership with a well-established program run by Alachua County Animal Services in January of 2013. Animal Services currently runs the program with the Florida Department of Corrections, Gainesville Work Camp. The program's main goal is to increase the adoption and retention rates of selected dogs at the Alachua County Animal Shelter. In addition, the program provides experience and education in dog care for inmates. The Paws on Parole program has also had a strong positive effect on ACAS's relations with the local community, through the involvement of local businesses in supporting the program and through the many outreach and outing activities related to the program.
This program was made available through a grant in the amount of $42,632.00. This program is operated by jail staff utilizing female inmates to train the selected animals. Inmates learn about daily dog care (including feeding, grooming, and routine health care) as well as positive training techniques. They learn to train the dogs to the standards of the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizens (CGC) Program. Both dogs - "Deek" and "Kensi" were adopted and went home with their new families after their success dog obedience graduation. They were immediately replaced that afternoon with two new rescue dogs who will be assigned to the inmates for traning.