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correctional officer vs. police officer

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Posted almost 6 years ago

 

i am getting ready to finish up my criminal justice education and want to go further with it i am just looking for some insight about correctional officers and police officers i am not sure as to which one i am better suited to be.  i would not mind being either.

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When I left college I worked for a county jail for about a year before going to my current agency to work patrol.  I enjoyed the jail but really had a desire to be on the road.  Working in a jail is great experience when beginning in law enforcement because you are dealing with people who have committed crimes and are either awaiting trial or have already been sentenced.  You gain knowledge that is applicable on the street by constantly interacting with the inmates and observing how they act and react to things.  But it really differs between people as to what they want to do.  I've worked with people who love corrections and can't imagine doing anything else and others who wouldn't work in a jail for a hundred bucks an hour.   Patrol work is great because you deal with people and criminals is multiple environments.   Both careers have specialized units and investigate crimes.  I think policing is more suited if you enjoy being outside and not confined to a facility or pod. 

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When I left college I worked for a county jail for about a year before going to my current agency to work patrol.  I enjoyed the jail but really had a desire to be on the road.  Working in a jail is great experience when beginning in law enforcement because you are dealing with people who have committed crimes and are either awaiting trial or have already been sentenced.  You gain knowledge that is applicable on the street by constantly interacting with the inmates and observing how they act and react to things.  But it really differs between people as to what they want to do.  I've worked with people who love corrections and can't imagine doing anything else and others who wouldn't work in a jail for a hundred bucks an hour.   Patrol work is great because you deal with people and criminals is multiple environments.   Both careers have specialized units and investigate crimes.  I think policing is more suited if you enjoy being outside and not confined to a facility or pod. 



  BUMP... I started on the road and went to Corrections.. Felt I was to young to stay and felt the need to prove myself.. Went back to the road for 13 years.. Now I'm back.. I regret nothing.. Both disciplines helped me immensely.. One compliments the other.. I do however believe that one should have life experience to work the road.. I used to say "Need not apply unless you are 25 or have spent 3 to 4 years in the military".. You see and deal with many things that will change you for the rest of your life.. Sorry for not checking to see if your age was posted but if you are under 22, take the time to live a little.. Law Enforcement is not going anywhere.. Good luck in what ever you decide to do..


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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Both are good jobs, I've never worked the road. When I left the Military and College the Department of Corrections offered me a job first so I took it. Over the years I've gotten offers from other departments (Police), but have stayed with the DOC. I've been doing it for 11 years now and haven't regreted a minute of it. Both aspects take a special type of person, do as the others have done and find out for yourself which you like better.


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I worked as a jail officer in a regional jail for about a year and a half. I received excellent training, and enjoyed working there. I had to leave due to some personal issues, and regret doing so. I am currently trying to get back into the field, but this time I am looking to work for a full service sheriff's office. That way I would have the option to work in the jail, courts, or patrol. I would check your local departments and see if you could find one that would give you the best opportunity. Just remember one thing, when you work in a jail or prison you are spending half of  your life locked up too.

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I was community corrections and will be a police officer by mid week.  I would go police/sheriff, better pay and benefits and better lateral chances.

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Only you can answer that question, as none of us really knows you. You might get a less ambiguous answer if you ask a more specific question. Or ask an LEO that knows you personally, what he/she thinks. Or maybe go to your local PD and ask to go on a ride along.


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hey my names katie,  im trying to get into the field   of law and im not sure if correctional  officers and police officers are the same  and if u need to take the same programs  if someone could help me that would greatly appriecated

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I've heard from alot of people and i agree that if you're wanting to become a police officer you should spend at least one year in the jail, i work at the jail and i'm planing on going to patrol and it helps when a patrol officer understands and knows the job going on when they drop off an inmate.

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hey my names katie,  im trying to get into the field   of law and im not sure if correctional  officers and police officers are the same  and if u need to take the same programs  if someone could help me that would greatly appriecated



Katie, you'll probably get more responses if you post a new topic with your question.


COs and police officers are not the same. In my area, correctional officers work in the jails, are not sworn, and do not have powers of arrest. Every area may be slightly different.


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I've heard from alot of people and i agree that if you're wanting to become a police officer you should spend at least one year in the jail, i work at the jail and i'm planing on going to patrol and it helps when a patrol officer understands and knows the job going on when they drop off an inmate.



To each his own. I have every respect for COs and Deputies working in the jails. I do not want, nor think I could do that job. I also do not believe that its necessary to spend time in the jail to appreciate the job they do. The jails and the street are very different fields of play, and to say its necessary to do one or the other before doing the other doesn't make much sense to me.


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when I worked for Corrections I really did enjoy my various positions. You get to learn different jobs within the facility. I worked as a security board control operator, placed in the booking department,  then intake control, and later on in the  release dept.  You will develop alot of skills that you can transfer over to law enforcement. Both careers kind of go hand in hand, either choice will be a good one. 


The only difference is that, in law enforcement you have the ability to be outdoors alot more than being in corrections. Not unless inmates are scheduled for transport, then you will be out taking them to their destinations, other than that, you are in a sense,  locked down  in there with them, except at the end of your shift you get to go home and that's the beauty of that..


Good luck either way you go, both are good choices. 

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twentyone years working in corrections - 10 in arizona's newest (at the time) lockdown building with the most dangerous convicts/inmates.


corrections is a great field - but  i wasnt into the boot licking poseurs that wanted to further their career to the top. they still fall when their boss gets replaced. lol.


iworking in corrections , you have to be yourself - convicts will pick you apart if they catch you lying or bs'ing to them. be honest. tell them they are dirt and have nothing coming. they know it - they just wanna see how far they can get with you. if you are weak or an inmate lover , (feel sorry for them) ; dont get into the field. you will have to deal with murderers, gang members, racists, molesters.


being on the street , you deal with all kinds of people; molesters, racists, gang members .......... gee , there is  a pattern................. however the people you meet on the street are not convicted of a crime  (yet) .


different worlds. different training. 

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You might want to concider the police job. As a correctional officer myself , I work in a class A maxium facility. Correctional Officers have to put up every disease known to man .Aids, Hep A,B,C , TB,  Hiv, which are no cure's. MSRA, Swine Flu etc.


Here's a list to help make your choice:    1] Gang Assults and Intimimidation from inmates that have nothing to lose.    2] Physical/Verbal Assults.   3] Feses/Semen tossed at you.   4] Taken Hostage {could and does happen} 5] Mental/Physical Stress.  6] Dealing with high rates of all mentioned because depression sets in at the holiday seasons. 


You could bring home transmitted Diseases to your family. Mental pressure that could be taken out on family without you knowing it. Self-medication {alcohol, drugs abuse}.   


I don't know about the rest of the nations corrections but all I have to protect my self is a baton and a radio. Most other officers have nothing but a baton.       Just a little food for thought.

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Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

Start small with Community Corrections. You can get a feel for the people you will  be working around.( Criminals). See if you like it, can deal with it. Then work your way up. Good Luck.

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Rate This | Posted almost 3 years ago

 

HEY WHATS UP  I BEEN IN THIS A O FOR 21 YEARS AND I LIKE MY JOB BUT SOME TIMES ITS STRESSFUL YOU KNOW WHAT I MEANT


AM LOOKING FOR A NEW JAIL TO WORK . .THANKS

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AM BACK , YEA'' I BEEN WORKING FOR A LONG TIME . JUST OFF THE ARMY AND HERE I AM 'LIKE TO FINE A OTHER JAIL  TO WORK AT. AND DO OTHER 10 YEARS AM IN ILLINOS  ,..

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 nyylah


You might want to apply for the sheriff department.That way can get a taste of both sides and not have to change to a different agency.


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