CLEWISTON — Lt. Lucy Larkins has been in the corrections field for 12 years. She began her career in 2008 at the Hendry Correctional Institute and later transferred to Desoto Correctional facility in June of 2011. She was employed by the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office in August of 2011 where she has remained. Larkins was promoted to the position of sergeant in 2016 and most recently to the position of lieutenant in October 2021.
Larkins began her career at the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office in August of 2011 as a classification officer and like others in a small jail, quickly found herself responsible for several different responsibilities, rather than only one assignment. While her position encompassed many tasks, Larkins oversees training and education of both civilian and certified jail personnel on the subject of PREA, Prison Rape Elimination Act, as well as educating inmates about their rights regarding sexual abuse and harassment while incarcerated.
In September 2016, Larkins was promoted to the rank of administrative sergeant where she oversaw the classification of inmates and assisted the jail administrator with other administrative tasks. Larkins recalls that one of the biggest changes she has witnessed over her time at the sheriff’s office was the implementation of a two-week orientation program that was established by former Capt. J. Bastys. Larkins recalled that her training at the time of her employment was limited to a three-day orientation. Now, new hires must complete a two-week corrections orientation followed by field training.
In December of 2020, then Sgt. Lucy Larkins, received the National Designation of Certified Jail Manager (CJM) by the authority of the American Jail Association through its Jail Manager Certification Commission.
This certification is granted upon the successful completion of a rigid experiential background application and an intensive four-hour examination jointly prepared by the American Jail Association and the Jail Manager Certification Commission. Certification in Jail Management demonstrates competency and professionalism in the field, it indicates a strong level of knowledge in the specialty, and recognizes continuing education and growth.
She has an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor Degree in Sociology.
Lt. Larkins currently is the FCAC Manager, Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission for Accreditation.
• Larkins was recognized as the PREA Coordinator Classification Officer for 2013
• Clewiston Elks Lodge Deputy of the Year – 2015
• Graduate of the 30th Class of National Jail Leadership Commander Academy – 2018
• Detention Deputy of the Quarter – 2020