Correctional officers/jailers are responsible for facilitating correctional processes and performing administrative tasks in a correctional facility, including opening locked doors and registering visitors. They also coordinate with other jailers to reach all institutional objectives in a timely manner, but should be organized and work independently without supervision.
Correctional officers work in a secure environment and should wear protective gear such as a bullet proof vest and carry a gun. These officers should be able to stand for long periods of time and interact with prisoners to communicate orders. They also help transport inmates to other facilities and should pay close attention to detail to maintain areas clean. They are also responsible for facilitating forms and distributing internal mail, performing searches, standing guard, and post regulations and policy changes. They work with other correctional specialists to share information regarding prisoners and special circumstances, and create reports based on their interactions and observations at the end of the shift.
Correctional officers/jailers must follow strict procedures for communicating and incarcerating inmates in a safe and humane manner. They know how to solve problems and react to emergency situations following established protocols, and also how to identify criminal behavior and act accordingly based on their training and expertise. They also participate in training for use of newer technology, as well as using different psychology techniques to diffuse a possible emergency.
A high school diploma is a minimum requirement for this position, and prior experience in the criminal justice system is highly beneficial. Industry certifications are also helpful.
Correctional Officer / Jailer Tasks
Supervise prisoners and maintain security, rules, regulations and cleanliness in correctional facility.
Responsible for transporting or moving prisoners.
Receive and secure prisoners until their release.
Maintain security of the jail.