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Corrections Officer

PUBLIC SERVICE

Description

Corrections Officers are responsible for the custody and control of individuals who have been arrested, are awaiting trial, or are serving a prison or jail sentence. They are also responsible for the security of the facility itself.

Career Details

Skills

Students in are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Booking prisoners
  • Field notes and report writing
  • Observation and memory skills
  • Patrol principles
  • Searching prisoners
  • Crowd control
  • Physical security applications
  • Alarm system fundamentals
  • Central alarm stations and dispatch centers
  • Access control
  • Guarding and watching prisoners
  • Inventorying possessions of new inmates
  • Preventing fights and potential riots
  • Workplace violations
  • Effective communication
  • Crisis intervention
  • Security awareness
  • Operational risk management
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Investigation: concepts and practices for security professionals
  • Legal aspects of security
  • Use of force
  • Defensive tactics and officer safety
  • Apprehension and detention procedures

Career Options

Career Options

Most corrections officers are employed by the government, though some are employed by private companies. Officers must wear uniforms and keep a neat appearance and haircut.

Requirements

Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete six months’ full-time work experience in addition to training.
  • Be at least 18 or 21 years old. (varies by state)
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have a clean criminal record. (varies by state)
  • Provide two references (e.g., career technical training instructor and work-based learning supervisor).

Credentials

As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a program in the Public Service training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) and a state-issued license.

Corrections Officer Numbers to Know

$38K

National average earning potential for this career

8-12

Months to complete career training program

1

Number of centers offering training in this career

Expectations

While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:


Attention to detail
Concern for others
Dependability
Integrity
Professionalism


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