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CORRECTIONS OFFICER

HOMELAND SECURITY

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 Corrections Officer 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

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:

  • Comply with state requirements that may involve a criminal background check and completion of a training program meeting federal content requirements.
  • Have a clean criminal record and background check, meaning you can’t have been convicted of a drug or pharmacy-related felony within the last 5 years.
  • Complete six months’ full-time work experience in addition to training.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Register with the state regulatory authority.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • 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.

Corrections Officer Numbers to Know

$38K

National average earning potential for this career

18+

Months to complete career training program

Expectations

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


Attention to detail
Dependability
Independence
Initiative
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Cooperation
Dependability
Initiative
Integrity
Attention to detail
Dependability
Integrity
Organizational skills
Physical strength
Problem-solving skills
Attention to detail
Cooperation
Dependability
Integrity
Problem-solving skills
Attention to detail
Cooperation
Dependability
Integrity
Persistence
Problem-solving skills
Attention to detail
Dependability
Integrity
Physical endurance
Teamwork
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Cooperation
Dependability
Independence
Integrity
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Cooperation
Dependability
Integrity
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Dependability
Following directions
Integrity
Stress tolerance
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Dependability
Integrity
Stress tolerance
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Dependability
Integrity
Self-control
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Dependability
Integrity
Professionalism


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