What it takes to be a Correctional Officer: A Brief Synopsis.
A correctional officer provides care, custody, and control of the inmate population within a jail setting. Becoming a correctional officer takes months of education and specialized training within a paramilitary like structured environment. Conditioning the mind is just as important as conditioning the body. The correctional officer is given an awesome amount of responsibility and authority incumbent to the position. While training does model real life, it is not absolute nor is it a panacea. Training will provide a foundation or starting point. Documentation reduces liability. Effectively communicating allows the correctional officer to get the job done and go home safely at the end of the day. Embracing higher education enables promotional opportunities and chances for advancement. Intensive training, testing, and physical conditioning prepare the correctional officer for employment. On the job training prepares one for the real life situations that occur. Effective communication, documentation, and higher education provide a firm foundation for the correctional officer.