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Duty Meets Devotion
By Carl ToersBijns, former deputy warden, ASPC Eyman, Florence AZ
Published: 05/02/2016


As correctional officers, your vocation is to study your profession and study it diligently in accordance with the executive orders applied and professionalism expected. If one chooses to be a correctional officer, do it with heart and do it as if it is your duty to excel rather than neglecting the basics of your duties.

Certainly, we have found ourselves at the crossroad in law enforcement and decided which is best for the individual – corrections, detention or street law enforcement. They all carry their own merits and this should aspire every man or woman who chooses to perform their duties, their daily tasks and specific work assigned at the time and place challenged before them.

One has to commit and never neglect their statutory duties. Any failures of their obligations is a reflection of all, not just a few. An employee who turns in bad work or skimps work quality is nothing more than a mere spectator in a volatile workplace. Neglecting your duties does not make you a worthy performer or professional as it is essential you understand and perform faithfully your simple daily duties to meet these challenges.

As a professional, you must faithfully give yourselves to your training, if you wish to be a respected professional. The lack of integrity in character can be built up on the foundation of neglected duty. It is utmost important you recognize that efficiency ensures that you have done the best you could do making most things right.

A good officer works with zealous. This is an added quality of devotion. The application of a zealous exercise gives you a sense of pride and shows competence and commitment in the exercise of duty. One should be able to stand in the presence of others and know your work exemplifies excellence in best practices.

Let your behavior demonstrate your individual spirit and energy to set an example for others to follow your spiritual condition to hold yourself higher than the adequate standards set in place to merely meet the minimum conditions and demonstrate this with an abundance of enthusiasm.

Whatever you have done in the past, is the past; for the future make all your efforts positive experiences and make it a rule to apply your heart into your profession and avoid merely occupying your mind with the rudimentary functions of the job. Put your heart into it. This act alone will bring you success and great satisfaction. Although it is my pure and shrewd conjecture that such efforts pay off in time and space, there will be a time where you become noticed.

Do not harden on the job, remain flexible and take your job seriously, not merely as a duty and let your efforts reward you with blessings unexpected or sudden surprise. Do you job with all your mind and heart and soul and live with positive thoughts as you feel the contributions you make daily giving others as well as self, aspirations and achievements you can all benefit and prosper from in the long run while keeping conditions safe and secure.

Remember that duty and devotion are ordinary principles that guide your personal and professional efforts and make your presence an asset to the team as well as individual growth and character.

Corrections.com author, Carl ToersBijns, (retired), has worked in corrections for over 25 yrs He held positions of a Correctional Officer I, II, III [Captain] Chief of Security Mental Health Treatment Center – Program Director – Associate Warden - Deputy Warden of Administration & Operations. Carl’s prison philosophy is all about the safety of the public, staff and inmates, "I believe my strongest quality is that I create strategies that are practical, functional and cost effective."

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