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    Correctional Officer

    Occupational Purpose and Context

    Responsible for the supervision, care, and control of incarcerated people in accordance with established policies, regulations, and procedures; observes conduct and behavior of incarcerated people to prevent disturbances and escapes. Inspects locks, window bars, grills, doors, and gates for tampering. Searches incarcerated people and cells or contraband articles. Supervises and directs incarcerated people 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 incarcerated people to and from visiting rooms, medical offices, and religious services. May guard entrance of jail to screen visitors. May prepare written reports concerning incidences of inmate disturbances or injuries. Supports incarcerated people’s rehabilitative programming.

    National Occupational Framework (pdf)