Detention officer receives national jail certification

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Jonathan Vickery - Staff Writer

A Barnwell County Detention Center officer has joined an elite group across the country after receiving national jail officer certification.
Loretta Moore passed the American Jail Association's Certified Jail Officer exam in February, a designation achieved by 467 jail professionals nationwide. The Fairfax resident has worked 26 years in the corrections profession, including since September 2012 in Barnwell.
"We are extremely proud of her accomplishments and taking the initiative to further her career," said Deloris Charlton, the jail's administrator. Moore chose to take the test, which is not mandatory, and paid her own way.
"It's a goal I had set for myself" two years ago, said Moore, who hopes it will help her become a leader.
That's exactly what the Certified Jail Officer Program is designed to do. "It's an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities as well as their commitment to the corrections profession on a national level," according to www.aja.org.
Moore thanks her co-workers for being good teachers. "They have a lot of knowledge," she said. "I have some good support here."
Charlton credits Moore's determination with helping her achieve her goal. She said Moore is constantly taking webinars and looking for more information to make her a better detention officer.
Charlton said this is the first time a detention officer at the Barnwell jail has received the certification. Moore is only the seventh one in the South Carolina, according to the AJA's website.