Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw Enforcement & Police · 1 decade ago

correction officers?

to become a correction officer what type of degree do you need to obtain a B.A.? Do you also need to go through training in the police academy to work as a correction officer in a jail or prison?

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    No, you do not, but it will help you with promotions.

    Most institutions require correctional officers to be at least 18 to 21 years of age and a U.S. citizen; have a high school education or its equivalent; demonstrate job stability, usually by accumulating 2 years of work experience; and have no felony convictions. Promotion prospects may be enhanced by obtaining a postsecondary education.

    The Federal Bureau of Prisons requires entry-level correctional officers to have at least a bachelor’s degree; or 3 years of full-time experience in a field providing counseling, assistance, or supervision to individuals; or a combination of these two requirements.

    Correctional officers must be in good health. Candidates for employment are generally required to meet formal standards of physical fitness, eyesight, and hearing. In addition, many jurisdictions use standard tests to determine applicant suitability to work in a correctional environment. Good judgment and the ability to think and act quickly are indispensable. Applicants are typically screened for drug abuse, subject to background checks, and required to pass a written examination.

    Federal, State, and some local departments of corrections provide training for correctional officers based on guidelines established by the American Correctional Association and the American Jail Association. Some States have regional training academies that are available to local agencies. At the conclusion of formal instruction, all State and local correctional agencies provide on-the-job training, including training on legal restrictions and interpersonal relations. Many systems require firearms proficiency and self-defense skills. Officer trainees typically receive several weeks or months of training in an actual job setting under the supervision of an experienced officer. However, specific entry requirements and on-the-job training vary widely from agency to agency.

    Academy trainees generally receive instruction in a number of subjects, including institutional policies, regulations, and operations, as well as custody and security procedures. New Federal correctional officers must undergo 200 hours of formal training within the first year of employment. They also must complete 120 hours of specialized training at the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons residential training center at Glynco, GA, within 60 days of their appointment. Experienced officers receive annual in-service training to keep abreast of new developments and procedures.

    Some correctional officers are members of prison tactical response teams, which are trained to respond to disturbances, riots, hostage situations, forced cell moves, and other potentially dangerous confrontations. Team members practice disarming prisoners wielding weapons, protecting themselves and inmates against the effects of chemical agents, and other tactics.

    With education, experience, and training, qualified officers may advance to the position of correctional sergeant. Correctional sergeants supervise correctional officers and usually are responsible for maintaining security and directing the activities of other officers during an assigned shift or in an assigned area. Ambitious and qualified correctional officers can be promoted to supervisory or administrative positions all the way up to warden. Officers sometimes transfer to related jobs, such as probation officers, parole officers, and correctional treatment specialists.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    They are completely different. They work for completely different agencies and the jobs require different certifications. Well, usually. An actual corrections officer usually is a state employee and works in a state prison. Some sheriff's offices use detention officers in their jails rather than sworn officers. In my state all 3 are seperate certifications. However, some county jails use real sworn peace officers instead of detention officers. This is just an assignment for them. I wouldn't call it "random". Usually sheriff's offices that use sworn peace officers in the jail start out their rookies there. Then after a few years they can transfer to the road if they want. Some agencies though hire peace officers for the streets and detention officers for the jail and they are completely different. The sheriff's office in my county has sworn deputy sheriffs, who are certified peace officers, working in the jail. It's just an assignment. They could be working in the jail one day, then working out on the street serving arrest warrants the next, or guarding the courthouse the next. Usually though the title "corrections officer" that you use is reserved for officers working at a state prison, at least in my state. Because "corrections" implies that they're guarding inmates who are being "corrected" or punished. Meaning they've already been convicted and are serving time, as opposed to just being "detained" pre-trial in a county jail. In my state all "corrections officers" work for the state Department of Corrections. No police officers are employed by that agency.

  • 1 decade ago

    No degree.

    Just clean record, pass a background check, pass a physical and pass a written exam (ARCO Exam).

    But you need a High School Diploma.

    Do you really want this type of job? It is one of the worst jobs in the USA. You get spit on, defficated on, vomitted on, and everyone in the joint hates you.

    Please check it out well before you apply. Easy to get in but there are much better jobs out there. Most CO can not get other jobs that is why they work there. Or it is the main method of employment for their town. Sure you get paid, it is low, and you get benefits, but it is not worth it. Your not only unhappy unless your are a psycho and love to torture people, but you are worked long hours and your life is always at risk.

    And even the guards do not get along.

    Part of your job can be to do body cavity search many many times a day. Everytime they go out in the yard, have visitors, move cells, take showers etc.

    You are looking in very private areas.

    You decide. Your better off working as a sherriff or police officer by far.

    Source(s): Know many guards and officers
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