Correctional officers and jailers guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. They guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other points. This includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.
Correction officers and jailers monitor prisoners to prevent escape or violence. They inspect conditions of locks, window bars, and gates at correctional facilities, and conduct headcounts to ensure that each prisoner is present. Correctional officers' job descriptions include searching prisoners and vehicles, conducting shakedowns of cells for valuables and contraband, and recording information, such as prisoner identification, charges, incidents of inmate disturbance, and daily logs of prisoner activities.
How to become a correctional officer? A high school diploma is required for the job of a prison guard, and training is provided at training centres before the commencement of the job. Required skills include observation, critical thinking, problem-solving, deductive reasoning, social perceptiveness and communication. They need knowledge of public safety and security, law and government, administration and management.
They work at prisons, correction centres, and juvenile homes. The job carries a risk of being attacked or injured during fights amongst inmates, dealing with unpleasant or angry people, and being responsible for others’ health and safety. Correctional officers may conduct counselling sessions for inmates in an attempt to turn them around. A prison guard carries firearm weapons and handcuffs on their person.
To be a successful prison guard and obtain a jailer salary, one needs to be vigilant, always on their toes and on the lookout for any signs of trouble.
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