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Title: Correctional Officer Traits and Skills
Journal: Correctional Compendium  Volume:22  Issue:8  Dated:August 1997  Pages:1-12
Author(s): Gary Hill
Date Published: August 1997
Page Count: 12
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper outlines the tasks of the correctional officer, and lists correctional officer traits and attitudes, knowledge and skills, as well as tools and equipment; three tables depict a State-by-State profile of correctional officer training components, training programs, and training courses, with information on Canadian systems included as well.
Abstract: The main duties of the correctional officer are listed as managing and communicating with inmates; intervening in crises and managing conflicts; maintaining health, safety, and sanitation; communicating with staff; participating in training; and distributing authorized items to inmates. Correctional officer traits and attitudes include being professional, dependable, consistent, fair, emotionally stable, empathic, ethical, flexible, punctual, self-motivated, cooperative, sincere, optimistic, and perceptive. Knowledge encompasses the laws of the jurisdiction, policies and procedures, agency mission, ethnic diversity, and stress management. Skills encompass written communication, nonverbal communication, the use of equipment/tools, first aid, leadership, and management. The table on correctional officer training components contains information on items related to costs, program, and recruitment; the table on training programs addresses pre-service length of training period, screening before/after training, domestic violence screening, firearm proficiency training, minimum passing grade, required hours for the first year in service, yearly in-service hours available, and in-service training on or off site. The table on training courses shows the number of courses for each State on each of 23 subjects.
Main Term(s): Correctional Officers
Index Term(s): Correctional Personnel Training; Corrections personnel selection; Equipment and technology; Job analysis
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