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Correctional Officers and Jailers

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Correctional Officers and Jailers

Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.

Key Competencies
* Integrity
* Stress Tolerance
* Self Control
* Attention to Detail
* Dependability
* Adaptability/Flexibility
* Leadership
* Initiative
* Persistence
* Cooperation

Representative Tasks
* Monitor conduct of prisoners in housing unit, or during work or recreational activities, according to established policies, regulations, and procedures, to prevent escape or violence.
* Conduct head counts to ensure that each prisoner is present.
* Inspect conditions of locks, window bars, grills, doors, and gates at correctional facilities to ensure security and help prevent escapes.


Job Family
Protective Service

Sample Job Titles
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