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I was born to be a corrections officer, that is for me, I know it, when I first time wore a full correctional uniform, put handcuffs, oc and a big straight baton in my duty belt, I' m glad that I've found a best proffession for me.

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Many moons ago one of my instructors told us that there are 3 kinds of people that join. The First type are those that are born for the Job. The Second type are those that grow into the Job. And lastly the Third type those that join the Job but never settle and find it's not for them and leave quickly. A truer statement was never spoken.


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Although I am a Gang Specialist and an Investigator, which does not require me to wear a uniform, I am a Correctional Officer and proud of it. Most don't understand what we do and what we have to deal with.

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Many moons ago one of my instructors told us that there are 3 kinds of people that join. The First type are those that are born for the Job. The Second type are those that grow into the Job. And lastly the Third type those that join the Job but never settle and find it's not for them and leave quickly. A truer statement was never spoken.



Very, Very True!

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Many moons ago one of my instructors told us that there are 3 kinds of people that join. The First type are those that are born for the Job. The Second type are those that grow into the Job. And lastly the Third type those that join the Job but never settle and find it's not for them and leave quickly. A truer statement was never spoken.



That is true, I 'm very lucky that I've found a best profession for me  finally, the corrections officer is not for everybody, but I' m suitable for it, it's nice, I'll work in the corrections until my retirement..I'm proud that I'm a corrections officer.

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I'm afraid I'm of the last category.  The type who joins but cannot grow into it.  Once upon a time though, after I graduated and for about four months after, I enjoyed my job.  I woke up and practically said, "Hot dog, let's go!"  Now a days though, it's a continuous sigh from me.

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I was born to be a corrections officer, that is for me, I know it, when I first time wore a full correctional uniform, put handcuffs, oc and a big straight baton in my duty belt, I' m glad that I've found a best proffession for me.



glad to have people like you on our side,  a lot of people are just doing this as a "stepping stone" which, don't get me wrong, it's perfectly fine with me.  but with people like u an me who realize that this is our calling,  i'm glad to have people like that on my back when codes go off and such

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I could never down the job for I started in corrections at a supermax penn in Ohio. It takes a special person to deal with those assholes and be able to go home and not take it with you. I learned many things inside with them which prepared me for law enforcement. If you feel it is for you stick with it but like me I got bored and could do it with my eyes closed which lead me to wanting more. Not to say corrections is not enough because we need good hard working people to take care of those outstanding people when I bring them to jail. But when I got out on the streets and saw the freedom and span of control you can have in the world it is a big difference. If you find yourself making excuses to go to work or you get comfortable with corrections come on out into the world and we will welcome you with open arms.


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Hmmm, here we go, on my soap box again!


After 25 at the local SO, I retired (for a few months of boredom), and got into Corrections. I never really realized the stress level of being with convicted cop killers, baby rapers etc, could possibly have on one's soul. Now, after 6 years of it (Sgt after 1 year with the state and then 3 years as Shift Commander (LT), and most recently Sgt in the SHU (boy what a bunch of fux in there!). I frankly have to say "I love my job!"


The one thing that I positively learned is to respect the "alleged" dignity of these fux! If ya don't, they will never respect or, at least, appear to be in compliance. You cannot take your personal views to work with you and never disclose any personal info. If I took my personal views to work, I would just line them up and execute them. But with all the bleeding hearts out there we sure as hell can't do that. I am not advocating this, believe me!!


In closing, I have to say "Thank You" to all of the younger ones that have chosen this very honorable profession. I remember lots of street cops saying that Correctional Officers weren't "real" cops. Let those assholes work with a bunch of convicted Multi lifers with no weapon, other than our own communication abilities and see how long they would last!  

 


I salute all of you!

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Hmmm, here we go, on my soap box again!


After 25 at the local SO, I retired (for a few months of boredom), and got into Corrections. I never really realized the stress level of being with convicted cop killers, baby rapers etc, could possibly have on one's soul. Now, after 6 years of it (Sgt after 1 year with the state and then 3 years as Shift Commander (LT), and most recently Sgt in the SHU (boy what a bunch of fux in there!). I frankly have to say "I love my job!"


The one thing that I positively learned is to respect the "alleged" dignity of these fux! If ya don't, they will never respect or, at least, appear to be in compliance. You cannot take your personal views to work with you and never disclose any personal info. If I took my personal views to work, I would just line them up and execute them. But with all the bleeding hearts out there we sure as hell can't do that. I am not advocating this, believe me!!


In closing, I have to say "Thank You" to all of the younger ones that have chosen this very honorable profession. I remember lots of street cops saying that Correctional Officers weren't "real" cops. Let those assholes work with a bunch of convicted Multi lifers with no weapon, other than our own communication abilities and see how long they would last!  

 


I salute all of you!



AMEN to that!!!

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well put it this way...Im too scared to be out on the highway all by myself, out in the dark...with a gun, inside of a car. Im scared to patrol city streets, Thats why I rather be inside a secured facility with murder;s, drug dealers and gang members. Inside a pod of 50 inmates with no radio, gun or sometimes no OC. I rather Be the front man on a five man team going against a man in a 8x8 cell with a shank in his hand and a shield in mine. I may not be a "real" cop but We "CO's and DO's" put up with a whole Different crazy life style than most law enforcement. But yet again, im just scared =]


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Just recently I have a found a deep interest in Correctrions, hopefully i make it . I Have already passed the written test. Can anybody tell me How long it usually takes to go to the next step?

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Just recently I have a found a deep interest in Correctrions, hopefully i make it . I Have already passed the written test. Can anybody tell me How long it usually takes to go to the next step?



I've answers vary from 6months to 2 years depending on the bi and the department etc. I'd say your best bet is to ask your background investigator (or recruiter) once he contacts you.


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If you can babysit, learn to play mind games, and take a little bit of OC from time to time. then you will be Ok!


liberty or death, what we so proudly hail, once you provoke her. You will hear the rattling of her tail. She will return with a deadly bite, so dont tread on me

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I always wanted to be a patrol officer. My dream was never ,Hey i want to be a correctional officer when i grow up, so i can get bombbarded with 10,000 question's during my shift, so i can look at nut's and butts and feel like a babysitter all at the same time. Over all i like what i do i think where i work is a little jacked up.as far as training goes they don't wont to seem to spend money for training. It seems like Police officers act as if they are above you or better than you are. I think all police officer's should start out as CO'S maybe then they would have better respect for what we do and have to put with everyday.

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Good Luck Bud! Im sure you will do great, as long as you have the fireand passion to stick to your goals you will succeed!


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I have my oral interview at SCI Pittsburgh (formerly Western Penitentiary) tomorrow, wish me luck...



Good luck! You'll do fine. I'm also interviewing tomorrow at Westville CF in Indiana.


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Good Luck Bud! Im sure you will do great, as long as you have the fireand passion to stick to your goals you will succeed!



btw, Keep this in mind during your interview...Safety Safety and security.


 


During any situation you wanna keep yourself safe, other officers safe and the public safe with security. Just keep that in mind when they start asking you "what would you do" kinda questions. Good luck bud.


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Interview went well, now the waiting.  I am also on the list for Allegheny County Sheriff Deputy, have completed  the background/polygraph, physical, psychological etc..  I just hate the waiting.  The County Sheriff's only hired 3 this year, and they are waiting for more retirements before they hire.  I anticipate the prison will move a bit faster, but we'll see. 

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I'm still fairly new to the profession, but man, I still wake up and can't wait to get to work. I love the people I work with, my superviors back us up to the very last step and beyond most times, and if it wasn't for the inmates I would still be hanging sheet rock in the summer sun.

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I had wanted to be a police officer since I was a kid..i joined the Army when I was 17 (w/ Mom's permission and much to her horror),  Military Police. I was lucky and worked 90 % road duty on and off post. Once I was out of the Army, I dabbled in EMS and ended up at the Sherrif's Office in the jail with the plans on going on the road--10 + years later, I'm still in the jail...I am proud of what I do and I am proud of my contribution to my community...I gave a tour to newly hired patrol officers the other day--a few funny things happened: 1. When I told them to secure their firearms before we entered the secure area, the looks on their faces was priceless! "NO GUN! what!?!"   2. When the housing unit door slammed shut behind them and they turned to face 60 inmates staring them down--priceless! 3. When they saw the mentally ill young male naked in his cell, ranting and raving about Jesus Christ, covered in his own poo and we were suiting up to extract him from the cell, the looks again were priceless---This job is not for everyone, Thanks to those who do it and do it with pride!


 

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Just recently I have a found a deep interest in Correctrions, hopefully i make it . I Have already passed the written test. Can anybody tell me How long it usually takes to go to the next step?



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I tested at the local Career Center , then found out for the State of Tennessee that when i submitted my test for the whole state , I was sent letters to contact each individual prisons Human Resources or Personnel Office and talk to them directly , I did and was interviewed a few days later , hired and a week later started orientation and given academy date .  Every state and Prison is different , I happen to get lucky to get in so quickly and I love it . Try contacting their Human Resource or Personnel Office directly showing them you have a real interest in the job and ask questions .


I dont know about other states , but my interview was in front of a 3 person Review Board and a little unnerving sitting across from them answering questions by each , but just be open , honest and try to relax and not have the deer in headlights look ...

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This is a proud profession, and not everyone can do it.  The same goes for a street cop, both are proud professions.  In the end though, how do you want to keep your community safe, take em off the streets, or ensure they don't get back to the streets untill their sentence is complete.  Either way, I applaud the C/O, and the beat cops, and the Troopers, we have all joined a profession that you can hold your head high for. 


KEEP YOUR HEAD ON A SWIVEL AT ALL TIMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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It will always be an unappreciated field, and as was stated it is not for everyone. When I drop someone off at the jail I'm done with the turd but youre stuck with them. You have to have the ability to leave all the crap behind when you go home at the end of your shift or it could seriously effect your off duty life.


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I have friends who are COs. We get along fine. It is a different world in there as opposed to out here. I have respect for COs as I wouldn't put up with 1/4 of the crap you all do. Like others have said here each man must find his own path and follow it.

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  Corrections is not for everyone. You deal with some seriously sick individuals. But the experience you gain in knowing how to handle these types of people is worth it's weight in Gold. You deal with every walk of life in here. The mind games are endless.. Street thug to Phd... Some will not agree but I tell students who wish to cross into the LEO field that by working in thier County Jails, or Corrections period, for two to three years will greatly assist them on the road. Knowing your repete offenders and thier mo's. Learning to to deal with crisis cituations where the gift of gab is the only weapon you have.. Makes for a more rounded Officer. Walking into a compound with 940 to 1500 inmates with only 26 officers is a reality check. If you are not confident in your abilities, they will eat you alive.. Bring that confidence out to the street along with communications skills and you'll have a great officer.


  I truly wish I had some of this experience back when I was a pup.


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Corrections is not for the faint of heart or the weak of mind. You must be able to think on your feet and control any situation. It’s not glamorous and there is no glory, but can be very rewarding and entertaining.   I work with one 20+ senior officer that says, I just keep coming back to see what happens next. I always have to laugh when he says that. We need more stellar officers behind the fences and walls and encourage all COs to be proud of what you do and who you are!  

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when you get into corrections, it gets into you. some call it institutionalized, some call it a calling. I call it a belonging. I belong in corrections, it seems that I have been infected with the fever of being a correctional officer. I have been in it for 11 yrs and can not see me doing anything else. it is a true calling. not anyone can do it, and not everyone is willing to do it. you have to want it, feel it, and have a heart for it. Either Go Hard, or Go Home! That is how I feel about corrections, it is a world all onto its own and Correctional Officers are people all to our own. We are different than those out in the world, we are special. We ar the true last line of defense from the outlaws and the civilians. We keep those than can not be in society, we keep those that society does not want.

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when you get into corrections, it gets into you. some call it institutionalized, some call it a calling. I call it a belonging. I belong in corrections, it seems that I have been infected with the fever of being a correctional officer. I have been in it for 11 yrs and can not see me doing anything else. it is a true calling. not anyone can do it, and not everyone is willing to do it. you have to want it, feel it, and have a heart for it. Either Go Hard, or Go Home! That is how I feel about corrections, it is a world all onto its own and Correctional Officers are people all to our own. We are different than those out in the world, we are special. We ar the true last line of defense from the outlaws and the civilians. We keep those than can not be in society, we keep those that society does not want.



IT' EXCELLENT! I agree,when you get into corrections, it gets into you,we belong in corrections, I' ve been in it for 7 years, I love my job, I love what I do, no matter where I move, I believe that I'll work in hte prison.

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I can't even think of doing anything else. There is no way, I am "institutionalized" as my co-workers call it. I am "corrections", and I will be in it till I can't get out of bed anymore.

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