Correctional Officer (#MBDB01)
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$40,000.00 Yearly Min / $43,822.00 Yearly Mid / $54,778.00 Yearly Max

Summary Statement

A class incumbent is responsible for the discipline and security of an assigned post inside and/or outside a secure facility.

Nature and Scope

An incumbent in this class reports to a technical superior and is responsible for the enforcement of all rules, regulations and procedures affecting inmate discipline, security and housekeeping of a facility. A class incumbent supervises inmates while assigned to one or more of the following posts:  living quarters, corridors, dining hall, infirmary, transportation, visiting room, work detail, control room, CERT, recreation, mailroom, tower, booking/receiving, special projects and/or perimeter patrol. Specific duties performed by incumbents vary by post assignment due to operational needs but include one or more of the accountabilities described below. An incumbent supervises inmates within a security location or patrols outside perimeter of a secured facility by auto or foot and may have accompanying K-9 to insure all areas are secure. An incumbent makes periodic counts of inmates to assure their location and custody and searches inmates, visitors, employees, cell blocks and/or other structures for such prohibited items as tools and weapons, or other contraband. Work includes observing inmate activities to detect unusual or prohibited behavior which may be a threat to the security of the facility or the safety of other inmates, employees or visitors. An incumbent is responsible for insuring that inmates conform to proper standards of care as required for the living areas and personal hygiene. Work includes transporting inmates to hospitals, court and/or other facilities, escorting inmates to activities, work assignments and dining hall, overseeing dining hall, recreation and/or other activities and opening and distributing inmate mail. In addition, an incumbent maintains current records of inmate population and whereabouts. An incumbent is also responsible for the maintenance of a log of activities and the preparation of various reports. A significant aspect of the work involves working effectively with the inmates in order to obtain their confidence and cooperation.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Supervises inmates within a security location by making counts at specified time periods to assure inmate location and custody, conducting searches and shakedowns for prohibited items and contraband, escorting inmates to and from activities, work assignments and other locations and unlocking and locking doors to control passage of inmates, employees and visitors.
  • Observes inmate activities to detect unusual or prohibited behavior which may be a threat to the security of the facility or the safety of the inmate, other inmates, employees or visitors.
  • Operates central security control room regulating telephone, public address, electronic communication, key control, and inmate, employee, and visitor movement throughout the institution.
  • Patrols outside perimeter of a secured facility by auto, on foot or in the tower to insure all areas are secure.  Regularly checks all buildings and equipment outside the compound for security, fire, maintenance or other hazards.  Reports post location to the control center by use of hand radio and apprehends and/or detains persons not authorized on or off grounds.
  • Transports and is responsible for the custody and care of inmates outside the institution.
  • Oversees dining hall during the serving of food and feeding of inmates.
  • Processes inmates into and out of the institution.
  • Opens and distributes mail, searching for contraband.
  • Prepares and maintains daily log and prepares various reports of activities, and incidents on the assigned shift.
  • May be required to train and care for K-9 including feeding, grooming and kennel maintenance.
  • May enter institution as backup in riot control and shakedown activities.  May participate in the pursuit of escapees.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.

  • Knowledge of correctional security procedures and techniques.
  • Knowledge of facility and departmental rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the techniques of first aid, self-defense, riot control, and use of firearms and other protective equipment.
  • Knowledge of the techniques of detecting weapons and other contraband.
  • Knowledge of the attitudes, behaviors and group habits of persons in custody.
  • Knowledge of the training, handling and care of sentry dogs, as required by work assignment.
  • Skill in self defense and use of restraint procedures.
  • Skill in the use of assigned weapons and other protective equipment.
  • Skill in the observation of inmate activities and detection of unusual or prohibited behavior which may be a security threat.
  • Ability to enforce correctional institutional rules, regulations and disciplinary measures with firmness and impartiality.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to supervise the activities of inmates.
  • Ability to act quickly and calmly in an emergency.
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare accurate reports.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions and give directions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers.
  • Ability to diffuse potentially explosive situations i.e., inmate fighting and/or threats against other inmates or co-workers.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Correctional Officer
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. At least 19 and 1/2 years of age.
  2. Possession of a High School Diploma or equivalent.
  3. Possession of a valid Driver’s License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).