Just curious how many Correctional Officers we have on DC I'm going to be taking my course this spring and I'm well to put it bluntly Excited! :danceban:
I heard that....I worked in a prison located in the desert....man it would get to 120+ degrees and my boots would get hot.Very boring. I was always put on the yard first, even though we rotated posts every 4 hours. I cooked many days out there in 95* in uniform while watching a bunch of thugs lift weights and be stupid. Some people love the work but i hated it. You might as well be doing time yourself.
Keep your enthusiasm, you will need it.Just curious how many Correctional Officers we have on DC I'm going to be taking my course this spring and I'm well to put it bluntly Excited! :danceban:
Along with what mcp1810 said look forward to mandated overtime. I have had to do three and four x-tra shifts a week when the LT. would call me in my unit to say I was going to be my own relief officer for the following shift. 16 hours in the same housing unit gets a little old after a while. Sometimes I would catch a break and they would assign me to booking, escort, or the SHU/MHU.Gee guys, you are all sunshine and happiness here! What about the down side of the job?:rofl:
I was not a C.O. but was a steward in a union that also represented our jail staff. Talking with their stewards, it was not a lot of fun. But it was a job with (where we were) good pay and benefits.
Things to keep in mind. It is a 24/7/365 operation. While you are low man on the totem pole no one cares when you want your vacation, what hours or days you want to work. All that is usually (not always though) done by seniority. If your significant other has a problem with you not being home for holiday dinners etc. you might want to reconsider. Depending on staffing, turn over rate etc. it could be five years or more before you get part of a weekend off on a regular basis. And even then you might have to work the midnight or evening shift to get it.
Oh yeah, you will get to meet the nicest people!
If you go in with your eyes open it could be a positive experience. But make sure you know what you are getting yourself into.
I have never been a guard, but I married into a family that.....half the family are prison guards (one is assistent warden and one was the leader of the squad when they had to go in and get a inmate) and the otherside of the family are the prisoners, lol. Most of the stories involve the above quote. My best friend is now a head maintenance guy at 2 prisons.... no, thank you. I wish you the best luck.And rest assured you will get ample opportunity to deal with feces, urine and spit
Everything spot on....:hand10:The best advice to give you is this. Be firm, fair and consistent from day one. If you say you are going to do something do it. Don't be afraid to say NO. You are going to be tested as all NEW JACKS are. Just stand your ground and do not give away the house and you will be fine. Trust me on this your co-workers are more of a problem than the inmates. Figure they are bored to death being inside and have nothing better to do than talk **** about each other. Keep your personal life to yourself don't ever talk in front of the inmates as they always have their ears open for gossip. Do your eight and skate. But I say this dead seriously If an inmate ever puts his hands on you you make sure he's the one going to the infirmary not you!