Careers in Criminal Justice
Westwood College Online
September 28, 2013
Correctional officers are involved in the day-in and day-out operations of correctional facilities. These officers are there to oversee and in charge of maintaining the care and custody of inmates. Along with those duties they must maintain the control of the detainees, of which must correspond with them enforcing rules, the regulations, policies and procedures of the facility itself. Correctional Officers, also, usually take in and process at least 11 million individuals per year on top of the offenders that are already there. Many things are taken in to consideration when getting your education toward the career of a correctional officer. A high school diploma or its equivalent is required in order to pursue this position. Along with that small piece of education, it is also recommended to consider a postsecondary education. Although those are the minimal, a criminal justice degree or a degree in sociology is great as well. Now it does not stop there with the education, but most local and state employers need you to have some previous work experience that is relevant to this position. Along with these education requirements there are entry level positions within this career such as Correctional officer 1. This entry level position allows you to gain career growth opportunities. While you are in college you can partake in an internship with the sheriff’s department or even become a part-time correctional officer that pays a certain wage. You are able to be involved in an internship program where you will obtain the education of how the Correctional system works in a general setting. Some places require that majority of your internship be spent observing the living units in a correctional facility. As an intern you would take part in the completion of duties as a correctional officer such as, looking over mail, doing security rounds, answering...
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