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Sep 25, 2013
Female user oyochickporvida 3 posts

Topic: Security Central / Maximum security for former COs

Putting an inmate in ad-seg with full restraints, and 3 CO’s simply because they are a former officer, seems like serious overkill to me. Was he/she a mass murderer? I don’t know about your facility, but we simply don’t have the resources to do that. Besides, all inmates should be treated as if they could have “special knowledge” to escape and/or kill you. In our state, cops are put on an SNY yard for their own safety, because mainline inmates will probably try to hurt, extort, or kill them. Most are cooperative and just want to do their time. They’ve been on the other side, and they know most CO’s are just there to do their 8 and hit the gate. That being said, an inmate is an inmate, and they all should be treated according to their behavior.

 
Dec 21, 2011
Female user oyochickporvida 3 posts

Topic: Letter of The Law / jail use of force - pre trial vs sentenced

What is the purpose of having two different Use of Force policies?

 
Apr 07, 2010
Female user oyochickporvida 3 posts

Topic: The Club House / New Female CO1

I’ve been on the job for 10 years. Read the book, “Games Criminals Play.” You can get a used copy on Amazon for just a couple bucks, and it will save you some grief, as well as potentially saving your career. A few quick bits of advice….
1. Do NOT discuss your personal life at work. Not with co-workers and NEVER with inmates. Not even the smallest details, like what kind of music you like, sports teams you like, what you do in your spare time, are you married, do you have children and how many, and so forth. The smallest tidbit of information will be passed on and used to chip away at you later. You don’t have to be rude or a bitch to defer the questions. Simply state that your life is personal, and you will not discuss it. May sound silly, but read that book and you’ll know why.
2. Piggy-backing off the first point, it may seem weird not to discuss your personal life with co-workers, but you don’t know who is who when you first get there, and those guys will talk about you when you’re not around. Many times these conversations take place in ear-shot of inmates. All of a sudden, Inmate Jones knows that you’re single, you love football, and that you’re recently single because your boyfriend cheated on you. He tells you that all the other CO’s are talking crap about you when you’re not around, but “he’s got your back and he tells them that you’re a good CO.” Or, “You’re the best CO he’s ever met, and you’re the only one who understands him and the only one he trusts.” BS… it’s all crap and he’s trying to divide you from your co-workers. There is so much more you need to know, but start with the recommended reading and don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you have a gut feeling that something is wrong, it probably is, so go to an experienced CO and ask! Good luck to you and stay safe!




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