Former Correctional Officer at Missouri Department of Corrections
almost 3 years ago
I do not feel that I can answer this question because I have experience in the field, but I will try. Ask anything you want, pay, benefits, days off, what are working conditions like, research the department. Pull up old news articles that involve staffing. An example would be for instance that Western Missouri Correctional Center in Cameron Missouri had a prison riot a few weeks ago. If I was a potential applicant, I would be questioning as to if the issues that caused the riot have been resolved. Don’t be afraid to ask hardball questions.
Former Correctional Sergeant at Oregon Department of Corrections
almost 3 years ago
Ask about the benefits and pay scales. I worked for the DOC for 14 years before I was forced to medically retire. If I had to do it all over again I would not do so. The money and benefits are good though, just so long as the economy is doing good you will be fine. The Public Employees Retirement System is underfunded and in serious trouble. It has been this way for many years. PERS is the biggest thing you need to ask about. The second thing I would ask about is the hiring process. When I was hired it took six months or better to get through the process. I have heard it is a shorter time right now. Ask about location, if you want to live and work in Salem you may have to hire on in Ontario or Pendleton and transfer over to the areas you want after the trial period. If you take anything away from this remember that it is hard on the body and mind, you have only your wits and the defensive tactics they teach you. There is no other form of protection for yourself inside, no guns, no batons, only your fellow staff and pepper spray.
Former Religious Support Assistant/Administration at United States Army
over 2 years ago
Just be truthful one great question to ask is about career advancement it shows you are interested in a career as a correctional officer. Ask what is the training like and ask about retirement cause to be honest no one wants to work forever. Also the government is also hiring for Federal Corrections Officers in every state. Go on www.usajobs.gov and search correctional officer. I have been Federal Correctional Officer for 4 years and it has exceeded my expectations. There is plenty of room for growth working with government.