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What do I Need to work as a Correctional Officer?

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Christopher’s Answer

Usually just a 2 year degree in either criminal justice, criminology or sociology.

Christopher recommends the following next steps:

Look at online programs in criminal justice. I currently hold a bachelors degree in criminology.
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D'Lynne’s Answer

The very best way to answer this question is for you to contact a correctional facility that you would consider working for and ask them to send you a job description for their correctional officer position. Not only will the job description explain all of the duties performed by the person in the position, but it will list all of the requirements that you will need to meet to apply. Job descriptions vary by organization, so it might be to your benefit to contact two or three correctional facilities and get a good sample of job descriptions.
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TIM’s Answer

Corrections is a great entry into law enforcement. The main thing you need in this profession is people skills. If you've had jobs where you work with the public you're ahead of the games opposed to getting in right from school. I say this because dealing with the public teaches you to read others and know how to deal with a variety of people. Your ability to talk and deal with people will go a long way to success. No college course can teach you this. And be ready to have a thick skin. You can and will get called out of your name and everything in the book. You can't let I bother you. I've been hit, spit on, attacked, threatened, etc. Numerous times I've had to use force to protect myself any my fellow officers. However you can't take anything personal. In the end, you go home after 8, 10, or 12 hours. While you're watching your TV on your couch, they're still in a cell.

Another important thing is your level of fitness. With corrections (actually all LE jobs) you are putting your life and safety at risk.

Remember when working corrections you deal with the worst of the worst and you deal with those just like you who made a mistake. If you go in thinking its a good job with decent pay then you've already failed.
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Corrections is a great entry into law enforcement. The main thing you need in this profession is people skills. If you've had jobs where you work with the public you're ahead of the games opposed to getting in right from school. I say this because dealing with the public teaches you to read others and know how to deal with a variety of people. Your ability to talk and deal with people will go a long way to success. No college course can teach you this. And be ready to have a thick skin. You can and will get called out of your name and everything in the book. You can't let I bother you. I've been hit, spit on, attacked, threatened, etc. Numerous times I've had to use force to protect myself any my fellow officers. However you can't take anything personal. In the end, you go home after 8, 10, or 12 hours. While you're watching your TV on your couch, they're still in a cell.

Another important thing is your level of fitness. With corrections (actually all LE jobs) you are putting your life and safety at risk.

Remember when working corrections you deal with the worst of the worst and you deal with those just like you who made a mistake. If you go in thinking its a good job with decent pay then you've already failed.
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