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Male_user austin 2 posts

This new social media site looks like a great way to network with correctional industry leaders. Saw it on AJA.

www.SocialDetention.com

 
Male_user SixSeven 1 post

Does anyone know wat test number they are up to as far as calling ppl in my test # was 3301

 
Remle-riflepg irish assassin 286 posts

First off let me say congrats on coming home safe bro. I did my tour also and it always makes me happy to see someone make it though the grinder and home safe to where they belong. I can’t speak for TDCJ but here where I’m at in ODRC a hearing test was not mandatory part of assessment testing. Military and veteran status will do nothing but good things for you provided its under honorable conditions. Long as you can find ways to work around your high frequency hearing loss I don’t see a problem. Be extra observant with your eyes and other senses to make up for it.

From one dogface to another, Thanks for your service, welcome home and good luck bro.

 
Tumblr_m0sacwhasz1r9xp88o1_500 TigerWallet 1 post

Hello forum. I am completely new to this Site and joined because I strongly intend to apply to a corrections officer job with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in the near future. I am coming out of a 3.5 year stint with the US Army in which I served as an infantryman, one of those years was spent on a combat tour in Iraq, during which I experienced some pretty significant hearing loss. I have a few questions regarding my future employment. 1.) How negatively will the hearing loss effect my getting a job? It’s not quite as bad as the army makes it out to be and it’s only at very high frequencies. The TDCJ doesn’t mention a hearing exam on their qualifications list…but I’m sure they must have one. 2.) How positively would my military and/or combat experience help me get the job? Thanks.

 
Male_user futurelaw 1 post

You are never too old. I started in corrections at 40. I was promoted within 3 years. Older officers are desirable because of the level of responsibility needed to manage offenders. Good luck.

 
Female_user Sarge 9 posts

Giants2008, I was 35 when I started and will be 66 when I have my 30 in. This worked out perfect for the retirement requirements. I have more aches & pains, but intend to do the whole 30 before I retire.

 
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Male_user venturehog 1 post

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Female_user tbaby33 2 posts

Thank you! I was also wondering if the BAT test is something I need to studay for and about how long is the hiring process?

 
Male_user C.O. Koonce 3 posts

Dear Giants2008, I am a retired NYC Correction officer. To answer your question: Yes, your degree will definitely help you advance quicker. In order to advance to the higher ranks, like Warden or Deputy Warden you must have a degree, so you are already ahead of the game. In addition, if you have any technical or computer skills they will be a great asset because many of the personnel assignments require computer skills and you will have to understand the personnel aspects of the job in order to advance. If you are good at taking tests you will also have a advantage when it come to advancement. If you want more information about getting the job here’s the link to the NYCDOC website:http://www.nyc.gov/html/doc/html/job/job_opp.shtml

If you want to know what it is like to be a Correction Officer i recommend the book: Correction Officer’s Guide to Understanding Inmates" by Larone Koonce I wrote this book for correction officers and for people who are interested in a career in corrections. I have worked on Riker’s Island and throughout the NYC Department of Corrections for nearly 20 years. There is no substitute for experience however, this book will give you an insight into the world of corrections, explain the challenges that correction officers face, and help you to avoid many of the pitfalls of the job. Good Luck!

 
Male_user C.O. Koonce 3 posts

Dear Tbaby33, To answer your question: No, being on a visitation list will not affect you getting the job. There is nothing wrong or illegal about visiting an inmate. Many of us have friends and family members that are incarcerated and we have the right to visit them if we wish. However, once you become a correction officer and want to visit someone, you will be required to get permission from the correction department as well as the Warden of the facility where you want to visit before you can visit anyone. This is because as a correction officer you may have detailed information about the functioning and layout of a facility and for security reasons you will be under special scrutiny as it relates to your visits. It’s not personal, it’s business. I am glad you told the truth and you will not be penalized for it. During your investigation it is very important that you tell the truth about anything that can be verified by the police or correction department. Things like your name on visitation records can easily be verified. If you would have lied and it was discovered that you in fact are on a visitation list you would have been disqualified at that point.

If you want a further insight into corrections consider purchasing the book: “Correction Officer’s Guide to Understanding Inmates” by Larone Koonce. It is also available as an e-book on amazon.com. There is no substitute for experience however, you can get a good understanding about the challenges that Correction Officers face when dealing with inmates. The book will help you stay safe, focused and healthy throughout your career. Good luck :)

 
Female_user tbaby33 2 posts

I have just recently apllied to become a Correctional Officer. One of the questions on my background form were “Have you ever been on a visitation list for an inmate in the dept. of corrections?” I answered YES as I could not lie. Is this going to affect me getting the job? Please answer if you are already an officer.

 
Male_user Alex 16 posts

I don’t believe private industry should be allowed in law enforcement of public safety functions like corrections, police etc. Are private jail experiment in Canada about 10 years ago (MDA company from the states I think?) saw them given the boot and rejected at the time by a number of other provinces.

Either way I was wondering if anyone could give me an example to how pay and training in these private facilities compares (dollar for dollar) to government run ones in the same state?

 
Female_user dortS 1 post

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Riot_helmet Mick 307 posts

Again Giants2008 I can’t speak for NY DOC but here it’s 50.

 
Male_user giants2008 4 posts

Thanks for the feedback all, I appreciate it. In terms of being an educator, do you make the same salary as a correctional officer? Get a pension? Benefits? I will check that book out Mick. What is the age limit for being a CO and what does one have to do to become a CO. Are they in demand?

Thanks,

Giants2008

 
Riot_helmet Mick 307 posts

Not at all giants2008. I joined the Job when I was 30 and am still in it 14 years later. But you might find that this job is a much different prospect than your present profession. What I would suggest is to talk to some of the guys that work in Rikers. And have a read of a book called “Holding the Key”. As for joining each Dept is a little diffrent in what it wants but with a degree you would be (if I am not mistaken) eligible for the Feds.

 
Getty_rf_photo_of_cat_and_praying_mantis Campi 227 posts

Your best bet would be to become an educator in corrections. Your degree will help you more on that path. If you’re lucky your retirement can be rolled over or is in the same plan.

 
Male_user giants2008 4 posts

Hi all,

I am interested in becoming a correctional officer in NYC. I am currently a 30 year old high school teacher and looking to switch careers. Am I too old to become a CO? I have a college degree, will that help me advance quicker? What are the steps necessary to becoming a CO? Any information is appreciated.

Thanks,

Giants2008

 
Male_user giants2008 4 posts

Hi all,

I am interested in becoming a correctional officer in NYC. I am currently a 30 year old high school teacher and looking to switch careers. Am I too old to become a CO? I have a college degree, will that help me advance quicker? What are the steps necessary to becoming a CO? Any information is appreciated.

Thanks,

Giants2008

 
Male_user giants2008 4 posts

Hi all,

I am interested in becoming a correctional officer in NYC. I am currently a 30 year old high school teacher and looking to switch careers. Am I too old to become a CO? I have a college degree, will that help me advance quicker? What are the steps necessary to becoming a CO? Any information is appreciated.

Thanks,

Giants2008

 
Female_user thu062012 1 post

Hi,

Thanks very much for this comment. It help me to think about my ideals.

Tks again and pls keep posting.

 
Male_user CO-candidate 5 posts

Yes Mr. Koonce I have your book – thank you it is very helpful, i am processing fore the NYS CO jobs, does anyone have any otherinfo. on what i’s like to work at Sing Sing or Greenhaven for us to start out at, the different assignments, advancement, joining the CERTS, and transferring to other prisons closer to NYC. Does NYS DOCS have any p/t jobs? Thank you everyone.

 
Male_user CO-candidate 5 posts

Yes Mr. Koonce I have your book – thank you it is very helpful, i am processing fore the NYS CO jobs, does anyone have any otherinfo. on what i’s like to work at Sing Sing or Greenhaven for us to start out at, the different assignments, advancement, joining the CERTS, and transferring to other prisons closer to NYC. Does NYS DOCS have any p/t jobs? Thank you everyone.

 
Male_user commander 277 posts

Spot on DT. You have no clue what it is like until your thrown into the fire. How you react, will determine how long you will last.

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