What does a Senior Correctional Officer do?

Correctional officers oversee inmates to ensure they are safe, secure, and supervised. They do so by enforcing outlined rules and regulations. This might include inspecting cells, writing incident reports, and restraining inmates. Most correctional officers are employed by county, state, or federal agencies in jails or prisons.

Correctional officers must have a high school diploma or general education degree (GED) and be of a certain age, either 18 or 21 depeding on the state. Some correctional officers also obtain an associate's degree in criminal justice in order to help with professional development. Correctional officers must be alert, decisive, and have good judgment.

What responsibilities are common for Senior Correctional Officer jobs?
  • Book and process incoming and outgoing prisoners according to written policies and procedures
  • Write detailed and accurate incident reports
  • Patrol the interior and exterior of the facility
  • Conduct inmate and cell searches
  • Inspect visitors and packages delivered to the facility
  • Respond to crisis situations as outlined by policies and procedures
  • Oversee inmate activities including meals, classes, visitation, and recreation
  • Monitor inmates and grounds with surveillance cameras
What are the typical qualifications for Senior Correctional Officer jobs?
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
  • Must be at least 18 or 21 years of age, depending on state
  • Must possess a valid driver's license
  • 1 year of experience in the field of corrections preferred
  • Ability to pass a background check, drug test, and physical
  • Working knowledge of the methods and procedures associated with processing prisoners
  • Familiarity with security regulations and safety procedures
  • Proven ability to react in a calm and collected manner to emergency situations
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 100 pounds
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience8+ years

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Commonwealth of MassachusettsCommonwealth of Massachusetts
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“Good job to have and the money is good.”

Dorchester County Sheriff's Office
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“$15k starting off not including additional raises and promotions because of their better pay scale.”

Webster County Iowa Jail Division
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“I have a criminal Justice degree while most staff don’t have any and I was fired.”

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