If you live in Indiana and you’re thinking about a career in law enforcement, consider becoming a correctional officer. The position offers benefits, such as health insurance, paid sick and vacation time and job security. You can enter this growing field my following these steps.
- Three (3) years full-time work experience.
- Graduation from high school or possession of a General Education Development (GED) certificate required. (Proof of graduation or certificate must accompany application.)
- Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
- Possession of a valid driver’s license from state of residence comparable to an Indiana license required. (Proof of license must accompany application.)
- Ability to satisfactorily complete an annual physical ability examination.
- Must agree to and pass the background investigation.
- Must pass the correctional officer entrance exam
- Substitutions: Accredited college training may substitute for the required experience only with a maximum substitution of three (3) years. An associate’s degree from an accredited college may substitute for all the required experience only. (Concentration in Corrections, Criminal Justice, Criminology, or a related area.)
- Special Requirement: Must successfully complete the Correctional Training Institute (CTI) Program prior to the granting of permanent status.
Corrections officers will work in an adult male or female facility with some facilities having special needs offenders. He/she is responsible for upholding orders and supervising offenders in a safe correctional environment. corrections officers will advise and instruct offenders in their adjustment to institutional living. The incumbent will perform such tasks as patrol assigned areas, supervise and escort offenders in various work details, keep records and prepare reports on offender movement, progress, problems and/or violations of rules.
Some assignments may include but not limited to: tower duty, visitor processing, package searches for contraband, vehicles searches, and lock control. Job requirements may include but not limited to ability to supervise effectively, and some knowledge of psychology, sociology, alcoholism, drug addiction, and criminology.
Incumbent must also be able to defend oneself physically; act quickly and effectively in an emergency situation, and be willing to participate and successfully complete all required training programs. Position is continually exposed to potential physical hazards due to work environment. Errors in judgment could result in injury to staff or offenders, or escape of an offender.
List Of State Operated Correctional Facilities in Indiana That Are Looking For Correctional Officers
PLEASE NOTE: With the exception of Maximum Security, the three main considerations in assigning an adult offender to a security level are the committing offense, the length of sentence, and prior criminal history.
Minimum (Level 1)
Minimum Security Facilities have the least restrictive security measures. Housing is dormitory style. Offenders in these facilities typically are serving short sentences of nonviolent, non-weapons-based offenses. Also included as minimum security are work release program offenders who leave the facility for outside employment but return nightly.
* 1) Chain O’ Lakes Correctional Facility
* 2) Edinburgh Correctional Facility
* 3) Henryville Correctional Facility
* 5) Indianapolis Women’s Community Re-Entry
* 6) South Bend Community Re-Entry Center
* 7) Madison Correctional Facility (Women)
* Indianapolis Re-Entry Educational Facility
Low Medium (Level 2)
Low Medium Security Facilities have a moderate degree of security measures. Housing is dormitory style. Offenders typically have shorter sentences than Level 3 offenders. Low Medium security offenders are less aggressive than Level 3′s and 4′s, and have a shorter criminal history.
* 9) Branchville Correctional Facility
* 10) Correctional Industrial Facility
* 11) New Castle Correctional Facility
* 12) Plainfield Correctional Facility
* 13) Putnamville Correctional Facility
* 14) Rockville Correctional Facility (Women)
* 15) Westville Correctional Facility
High Medium (Level 3)
High Medium Security Facilities have a moderately high degree of security measures. Housing is celled space. High Medium security offenders are typically more aggressive than Level 1′s and 2′s, could be serving longer sentences, and have a long criminal history.
* 16) Miami Correctional Facility
* 17) Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
Maximum (Level 4)
Maximum Security Facilities have very restrictive security measures. Housing is celled space. Maximum security offenders have been convicted of violent or weapons-based offenses. These offenders require close supervision and tight security to minimize risk to the public, staff, and other offenders.
* 18) Indiana State Prison
* 19) Indiana Women’s Prison
* 20) Pendleton Correctional Facility
Intake facilities are designated to receive newly committed adult offenders. During the intake process each offender is evaluated through interviews, reports and diagnostic tests. This evaluation forms the basis of the offenders’ facility and program assignment.
* 14) Rockville Correctional Facility (Women)
* 21) Reception Diagnostic Center