With officer staffing vacancies at a critical level, it is our aim to fill vacant posts, and increase compensation for new and veteran officers. It is imperative that, for the security of each officer, and for the body of inmates in our custody, that we increase and retain staff in our prison facilities. The men and women officers of the NMCD are under-paid, underappreciated, and our current vacancy rates put them at the risk of potential harm. We can no longer continue the status quo. We ask that you support the State Personnel Office request to increase compensation to Correctional Officers.