DOT Code: 372.667-018

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Description

Guards inmates in penal institution in accordance with established policies, regulations, and procedures: Observes conduct and behavior of inmates to prevent disturbances and escapes. Inspects locks, window bars, grills, doors, and gates for tampering. Searches inmates and cells for contraband articles. Guards and directs inmates during work assignments. Patrols assigned areas for evidence of forbidden activities, infraction of rules, and unsatisfactory attitude or adjustment of prisoners. Reports observations to superior. Employs weapons or force to maintain discipline and order among prisoners, if necessary. May escort inmates to and from visiting room, medical office, and religious services. May guard entrance of jail to screen visitors. May prepare written report concerning incidences of inmate disturbances or injuries.

Work Process Schedule

TaskHours
A.Supervision of Inmates1250
B.Maintaining Security and Discipline1680
C.Introduction to Duties and Functions of the Correctional Officer700
D.Orientation and Training in the Correctional Institution Programs350
E.Classification and Special Handling of Unusual Inmates150
F.Drug-abuse Awareness and Substance-abuse Awareness220
G.Human Relations200
H.Other Specific Areas of Training750
I.Pre-Assignment80
J.Massachusetts Criminal Justice Academy620
(Every 2,000 hours = one year) Total Hours:6000

Related Technical Instruction

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires 150 hours each year of related technical instruction which must be mastered by the apprentice in order to successfully complete the program. For further information, please call the Division of Apprentice Training at (617) 626-5409.