Florida Gov. proposes 10 percent wage hike for juvenile detention and probation officers

Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks during during the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) Leaders Forum in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles on Monday, April 13, 2015. Scott is the latest in a string of out-of-state governors to try to raid businesses and jobs from California, home to nearly 40 million people and by itself one of the world's largest economies. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Florida Governor Rick Scott said he will propose a salary increase for juvenile detention and probation officers. His proposal will be part of the 2018 to 2019 budget.

The state has more than 2,000 juvenile detention and probation officers. These officers work around the clock to protect at-risk youth in the state. They also help keep communities and families safe.

Last year, Florida achieved another 7% in juvenile arrests. Over the past six years, the total decline in juvenile arrests is 37%. The state continues to be a national leader in juvenile justice.

Gov. Scott to recommend $8 million funding for pay increases

According to the governor, he will recommend an $8 million funding to support officer recruitment and retention. He will also use the funding to reward officers for their life changing work in the juvenile justice system.

Over the past 6 1/2 years, his administration has taken aggressive measures to reform the state juvenile justice system.

In a statement, Gov. Scott said he is proud to announce his new plan for the benefit of juvenile detention and probation officers.

“I will be proposing an $8 million investment for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ),” according to the governor.

Additionally, the governor noted that juvenile detention and probation officers have important responsibility of working with youth in DJJ care. They have unique opportunity to help change and redirect the lives of Florida’s youth to a successful path.

Gov Scott said, “I look forward to working with the Legislature during the upcoming session to pass this 10 percent pay raise.”

Furthermore, he said the pay increases will ensure the DJJ can hire highly qualified and dedicated detention and probation officers.

Gov. Scott is committed to making Florida a leader in juvenile justice

On the other hand, Florida DJJ Secretary Christina Daly said the governor has been committed to making Florida a leader in juvenile justice.

She said, “I cannot thank him enough for his recognition of the importance of dedicating resources for the recruitment and retention of committed, high-quality employees.”

Recently, Gov. Scott proposed a $30 million investment for state law enforcement agencies. The funding will support salary increases for state law enforcement and correctional officers, recruitment and retention of officers. The proposal is part of the budget for the current year.

The governor will release his budget proposal for the entire 2018 to 2019 before the beginning of the upcoming legislative session.