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Correctional Officer Information

Correctional officer is the entry level for those seeking a career in correctional security. The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) offers an additional four security classifications requiring increased levels of leadership skills: Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain.
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Nature of the Work - What is it like being a correctional officer?
A correctional officer provides ongoing supervision of inmates through observation and person-to-person supervision. Correctional officers protect the public daily by keeping our prisons secure and by role modeling appropriate behavior. Correctional officers are credited with creating a safe environment by preventing incidents such as escapes, assaults, and contraband trafficking. Specific duties vary and may include being assigned to towers, gate control, housing units, segregation, recreation, mobile patrol, special details, mail room, inmate work crews, and hospital watches - just to name a few.

Correctional officers are responsible for overseeing individuals who have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to serve time in a prison facility. Correctional officers maintain security and inmate accountability to prevent disturbances, assaults, and escapes. 
Most correctional officers are employed in one of 14 State Department of Corrections prisons, watching over the approximately 13 thousand offenders who are incarcerated there at any given time. Although prisons can be dangerous places to work, prison populations are more stable than jail populations, and correctional officers in prisons know the security and custodial requirements of the prisoners with whom they are dealing. 
Regardless of the setting, correctional officers maintain order within the institution and enforce rules and regulations. To help ensure inmates are orderly and obey rules, correctional officers monitor the activities and supervise the work assignments of inmates. Sometimes, officers must search inmates and their living quarters for contraband like weapons or drugs, settle disputes between inmates, and enforce discipline. Correctional officers periodically inspect the facilities, checking cells and other areas of the institution for unsanitary conditions, contraband, fire hazards, and any evidence of infractions of rules. In addition, they routinely inspect locks, window bars, grilles, doors, and gates for signs of tampering. Finally, officers inspect mail and visitors for prohibited items. 
Correctional officers report orally and in writing on inmate conduct and on the quality and quantity of work done by inmates. Officers also report security breaches, disturbances, violations of rules, and any unusual occurrences. They usually keep a daily log or record of their activities. Correctional officers cannot show favoritism and must report any inmate who violates the rules. Should the situation arise, they help the responsible law enforcement authorities investigate crimes committed within their institution.
In prison facilities with direct supervision cell blocks, officers' work unarmed. They are equipped with communications devices so they can summon help if necessary. These officers often work in a cellblock alone, or with another officer, among the 50 to 100 inmates who reside there. The officers enforce regulations primarily through their interpersonal communications skills and through the use of progressive sanctions, such as the removal of some privileges. 
In the highest security facilities, where the most dangerous inmates are housed, correctional officers often monitor the activities of inmates from a centralized control center with closed-circuit television cameras and a computer tracking system. In such an environment, the inmates may not see anyone but officers for days or weeks at a time and may leave their cells only for showers, solitary exercise time, or visitors. Depending on the offenders' security classification within the institution, correctional officers may have to restrain inmates in handcuffs and leg irons to safely escort them to and from cells and other areas and to see authorized visitors. Officers also escort inmates between the institution to courtrooms, medical facilities, and other destinations outside the institution.

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Applicants for Correctional Officer must schedule their National Testing Network (NTN) REACT test before submitting their application.
Please, read the entire job announcement prior to submitting your application. There are specific instructions for applying with DOC and you could be rejected from consideration if you do not follow these instructions.

NTN LogoDOC contracts for testing services for the correctional officer position with National Testing Network (NTN). To fill out an application for testing and schedule a test, go to: www.nationaltestingnetwork.com, select Corrections and sign up for the Oregon Department of Corrections.

To schedule a test, go to the National Testing Network site, select Corrections Jobs, and sign up for the Oregon Department of Corrections.

Steps to take once on their site:      

  • Review all information related to the Oregon Department of Corrections Correctional Officer position, including minimum requirements, salary, and benefits.
  • Detailed information about the testing process for the entry level test.
  • Opportunity to take online practice tests at www.reacttest.com.
  • Schedule your own convenient test time. Tests are offered at different dates and times depending on the test center’s schedule.
  • Take high quality job simulation tests in a standardized, fair testing environment.
Upon completion of the entry level exam, all candidate scores are automatically forwarded to DOC. Candidates who attain a passing score of 70 percent or higher in all areas of the entry level exam will be contacted about the next recruitment step.

NTN is a service provided to conduct entry level testing in a standardized, professional environment. NTN does not DOC’s responsibility and decision making in the testing process. All candidate results are provided to DOC, where the final decisions are made.

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Getting Started With NEOGOV

Setup an Account/Login and apply to the Correctional Officer Announcement

You must include a valid e-mail address on your account/application. The e-mail address listed will only be good for one account. Be sure to choose something you will remember. If you have only one e-mail address for more than one person in your household, you must establish individual e-mail addresses so everyone has a separate account. It is recommended you use your own home/personal e-mail account. Check your e-mail often. All correspondence regarding your application will be done by e-mail. 

For details or questions on NEOGOV, please review the jobs opportunity page for Oregon state government.

Creating Your Application 
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Fill out the application form as completely as possible. 

 seven helpful tips will help you with completing the application​. 

Interested in becoming a Correctional Officer? Review our step-by-step directions on the process.  

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Application Status

To review your application status after you have successfully submitted your application, log onto your account and click Application Status. You will be able to see the status and what step your application is currently at. 

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If you have application login problems, get an error message during the application process, or are experiencing other technical (computer related) difficulties, please call the NEOGOV help line for assistance at 1-855-524-5627. You can also e-mail NEOGOV™ for support. Use this e-mail to report a variety of applicant issues such as login, attaching documents, web browser, etc. Remember when submitting an applicant issue through this e-mail please make sure to include your name, if you have an applicant ID, a valid contact number, the issue, and if possible a time when you are available to be contacted.
For questions on applying to the Correctional Officer announcement email the Department of Corrections.
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