In conjunction with the American Jail Association’s 35th Anniversary Celebration, the publication recently recognized Hernando County Detention Center Cpl. Javier DeJesus as one of its 35 high achievers and innovators under the age of 35.
Honorees, like DeJesus, were recognized for making a positive impact on the industry, which has helped to shape and strengthen the corrections profession.
In 2010, as the Sheriff’s Office was assuming operational control of the Detention Center, DeJesus was the only detention deputy hired straight out of the academy to help staff the jail.
In 2014, DeJesus was recognized as the Detention Deputy of the Year by a panel of his peers for his work as a Field Training Officer.
In 2015, DeJesus was appointed to the rank of Corporal where he supervises a Housing Squad.
He also serves as the Assistant Team Leader of the jail’s Special Response Team, of which he is a founding member.
Sheriff Al Nienhuis said The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is blessed to have many outstanding members.
“It is always nice to have others see in them the same attributes we see every day and for them to get national recognition,” he added.