Didn't pass the boot camp in house class room book training! Needed a 70% I keep scoring 69.03. I was so disappointed with myself! But the experience have given me 7 months added to my resume experiences
I would say that working as a CO, was exciting. Each day was different. You never knew what to expect. That's why you have to have you guards up at all time. Take nothing for granted when interacting with inmates and staff. Keep your personal life just that, personal. Otherwise, don't get upset when your business is out. DO NOT DATE WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT (STAFF NOR INMATE) If you are employed as an officer, be serious about what you are doing. Read and comprehend your rules and regulation, treat everybody (including inmates) with respect. Believe me, that will go a looooong way . Be firm but fair with inmates. You can't be mean and dirty, that gets you nowhere fast. Young people, please listen to your veteran staff. You can learn a lot. But you got to listen. Not all staff members are positive, pair yourself with someone that's about their job and do what you are there for. You will be fine. There's lots of drugs and cell phones behind those prison walls. Don't get caught up. Be careful, be safe.
Biggest mistake for me was applying and taking the job. Working in that environment was taxing spiritually, emotionally, and physically..
Not for everybody, been in it 30 years, stressful, lots of fights, Always be ready, if it goes down
The job changed me in several ways. First, and foremost it was a humbling experience.