I just came back from a career fair and would love to learn more what your daily life looks like as a correctional officer!

I just came back from a career fair and would love to learn more what your daily life looks like as a correctional officer!
2018-07-26T23:55:47Z 1
2018-07-26T23:55:47Z

Former Correctional Officer at Missouri Department of Corrections

almost 3 years ago
The day in the life of a correctional officer for the missouri department of corrections is based on the job that you choose. There is a process called ‘bidding.’ This is based on the officer’s seniority (how long you have been with the department.) Typically, any new-hire will be placed on evenings or the over night shift. There are three shifts, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shift. The hours are as follows, 1st, 11pm-7am 2nd, 7am-3pm 3rd, 3pm-11pm As I worked all three shifts over the three years I was with the department, I have seen it all. Your schedule is what you make of it; however, there is honestly very little room for a personal life. My day would be wake up 3 hours before my shift started, take a shower, get dressed, and drive an hour to Cameron, Missouri in order to be at work 30 minutes before my shift started. On the good days, I would get off of work at the appropriate time; however, if there was any call-ins, I would end up working a 16 hour shift. (This is expected, and for the majority, a mandatory expectation of the job.) While on shift, the schedule was exactly, or similar to this, 7am-Arrive on shift 7:20am-Lock down in order to prepare for count 7:30am-Count 8am-Clear Count 8:10-Medical Movement, Education Movement, Work Movement opens 8:20-Medical Movement, Education Movement, Work Movement closes 8:30-Morning Recreation Movement Opens 10:15am-Morning Recreation Movement Closes 10:20am-Lock down for second count 10:30am-Count 11am-Count Clears/ Medical Movement 11:15-Chow Time begins, and typically lasts around 1 hour 30 minutes. Within 15 minutes of lunch for the offenders ends, Afternoon Recreation opens, and remains open until you leave a 3:00pm. *Note, Times are approximate and changes with every shift. Along with all of this, an officer has to deal with fights with offenders, offender complaints, staff issues, and a myriad of other issues. After I would get off work, I would drive an hour home, fix dinner, do some cleaning up, and go to bed.
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