Frequently Asked Questions about becoming a Correctional Officer
It depends on how many correctional officers are promoted or separated from state service for any reason at your facility. It also depends on your performance as a correctional officer. Finally, it may also be the result of an increase in the number of positions given to the Department of Corrections because of prison expansion.
Fortunately for the job seeker, the Department of Corrections continues to experience tremendous growth.
Every State of Vermont employee must complete a 6-month initial probation period.
The following link illustrates how much an officer may earn in base salary. Please bear in mind that officers are eligible and in some cases required to perform overtime duties at the rate of time-and-a-half of the hourly pay.
Every permanent state employee is entitled to medical and dental benefits, a retirement program, annual leave, sick leave and other contracted benefits. Fort more detailed information, visit the Vermont Department of Personnel's Benefits page.
Additionally, the Vermont Department of Corrections offenders its permanent correctional officers additional benefits.
The Vermont Department of Corrections is one of the largest State of Vermont agencies. Almost half of the Department's employees are in uniform as entry level correctional officers, correctional officers II, and shift supervisors. These are also a number of correctional officers not in uniform helping to supervise offenders in the community along with probation and parole officers.
Many probation and parole officers, superviors and managers currently employed in the Department began their careers as correctional officers.
It's a challenging job. You're going to be dealing with people who don't always show respect for others. Often they are lacking in social skills and have poor impluse control. That is why the Department emphasizes initial and on-going training. The highly trained officer is confident and can handle most situations. On rare occasions, such as the use of force, a response that includes teamwork, not individual action, is preferred.
Sometimes you must work when you'd rather be doing something else. A correctional facility must be staffed properly to keep the enviroment safe and orderly. If there is an unexpected sick leave, for example, an officer may have to be "ordered over" his or her shift because a post position must have an officer in it. Fortunately, the union contract favors those employees who volunteer for overtiem in order to minimize those times when an employee mustbe "ordered over."
You may contact John Leibold call 802-272-6849 or email at Jonathan.Leibold@state.vt.us.