Correction Officer (2000 hours) apprenticeship

Description of an apprenticeship as a Correction Officer apprenticeship

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Correction Officer apprenticeship

DOT code: 372.667-018

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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

Task Hours
A. Supervision of inmates 450
B. Maintaining security and discipline 600
C. Orientation and training in the duties and functions of the Correction Officer 300
D. Orientation and training in the correctional institution programs 150
E. Classification and special handling of unusual inmates 50
F. Drug-abuse awareness and substance-abuse awareness 100
G. Human relations 100
H. Other specific areas of training 250

Includes, but not limited to: civil rights of inmates; emergency procedures (i.e., fire and major disturbances); handling of inmate personal property and censorship of mail; personal defense and physical restraint; escape procedures; care of equipment; physical training; handling of stress; range training; report writing; cooperation with other agencies; outside transportation of inmates; familiarity with warrants, writs, subpoenas, etc.; interviews, interrogations and investigations; first aid; career development; probation and parole; the scope and function of the correctional process

(Every 2,000 hours = one year) total hours: 2000

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 Standards at (617) 626-5409.

First year
Basic training overview
Orientation and registration
Overview of the criminal justice system
Corrections: History, issues, and perspectives
Legal Aspects of Corrections
Disciplinary procedures and 801 directive
Situational report writing
Acquired immune deficiency: perspectives
Classification of inmates
Mental control of aggressive behavior
Principles of Control
Minority offenders
Weaponry (baton) lecture and practicum
Chemical munitions (lecture and familiarization)
Weaponry (shotgun) lecture and familiarization
Weaponry (.38 revolver) lecture and qualification
Defensive tactics
Basic communications skills I, II, and III
Sensing and observing
Security awareness
Security practicum (contraband, searches, restraints, transportation)
Code of ethics
Stress Reductions
Stress awareness
Institutional emergency situations
Hostage situations
Drug awareness
The sexual offender
Mentally disturbed inmates
Special inmate behavior problems
Crisis Intervention
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
Multimedia standard first aid
Prison subcultures
Attica (case study)
Curriculum review
Course evaluation
Final examination

Second year
Implementation of emergency plans
Firearms/escape plan/use of force
Suicide prevention and intervention
Right to know
Fire prevention, suppression, and evacuation
Breathing apparatus-use and location
CPR (review)

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