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Correctional Officer

Date Posted: 
Requisition ID:  92201
Location: 

Peru, IN, US, 46970

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.

 

About the Indiana Department of Correction:

We promote public safety by providing meaningful, effective opportunities for successful re-entry.  As the model of best correctional practices, we strive to return productive citizens to our communities and inspire a culture of accountability, integrity and professionalism. 

 

Salary Information:

This role traditionally hires at a base salary of $31,200.

About the Job:

As a Correctional Officer, you will work on an assigned shift in a specific unit/or post under general supervision of a Correctional Sergeant. This individual maintains the security of the unit as well as the safety of staff and offenders while ensuring daily activities and programs proceed on schedule.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Remains alert for signs of disorder or tension          
  • Patrols assigned areas at various intervals for security of offenders, count of offenders and security of buildings and grounds
  • Follows or ensures compliance with established security procedures
  • Tower duty which includes the possession and possible use of firearms
  • Maintains lock control at specific posts
  • Supervises offenders in various work details including general clean-up of institutional grounds and buildings
  • Supervises offenders during shower and bath periods
  • Escorts offenders to and from the visiting room and dining room and on various trips away from the institution
  • Counsels with offenders when necessary, discussing offender’s problems in an informal and unofficial capacity
  • Keeps records and makes reports on such matters as inmate movements and progress and offender’s violation of rules
  • Works in shake-downs of cell-blocks and/or dormitories, searching for possible contraband
  • Searches vehicles entering and leaving the gates for contraband and trafficking offenses
  • Searches visitors and all packages for contraband
  • Encourages offenders to accept professional assistance from staff

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time. 

What We're Looking For:
  • Willingness to participate in training programs as required by the Department of Correction;
  • Willingness to undergo a background investigation.
What You'll Need for Success:
  • Working knowledge of, and familiarization with, appropriate agency rules and regulations;
  • Ability to supervise effectively and obtain results from offenders who may not be work motivated;
  • Some knowledge of psychology, sociology, alcoholism, drug addiction and criminology;
  • Ability to defend oneself physically;
  • Ability to operate cell house range and/or dormitory controls;
  • Ability to prepare reports of unusual happenings, accidents or violations of rules;
  • Alertness and ability to act quickly and effectively in an emergency;
  • Ability to keep abreast of progress and study in the field of corrections;
  • Ability to understand and utilize firearms properly;
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role provides supervision for offenders and requires a high level of judgment and care.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave

 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Nearest Major Market: Fort Wayne
Nearest Secondary Market: LaFayette