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  • Correctional officers

    Are the first line of defense against violence, security breaches, and other safety hazards.

    Safety and security

    Begins with a professional attitude

    An officer should come to work

    Well-rested and physically ready to perform his or her duties

    Another aspect of an Ofc's preparation is being in

    Good physical shape

    The duties do CO are often

    Physically demanding

    Lack of stamina, agility, and mobility

    Can inhibit an Ofc's ability to protect him/herself as well as coworkers

    Officers should always project a

    Confident, competent and capable demeanor

    An Ofc should be willing to communicate and use good listening skills to

    Avoid conflict as much as possible

    The officer must handle ea situation

    Fairly, and consistently, while remaining professional

    Inmates may challenge an Ofc's authority

    By committing minor infractions

    The Ofc must address violations according

    To policy.

    Failure to address violations by inmate may result

    In inmates' behaviors escalating into a more problem and potential disciplinary actions against the Ofc and inmate

    Is an Ofc's worst enemy

    Complacency

    Complacency

    Is a comfortable or relaxedstate of mind, which lulls the Ofc into false sense of safety and security

    Ofc must be aware that failure to be alert

    Can jeopardize the safety of the Ofc, general public, and the inmates

    Stress

    Can affect an Ofc's focus and attention to detail, which can negatively influence decision making

    Four categories of stress

    Environmental, personal, work-related, and self-induced

    Environmental

    Weather, noise level, lighting conditions, crowded areas

    Personal

    Family issues, health, lack of sleep, poor eating habits, financial atutions, and academic stndards

    Work-related

    Shift work, supervisors, coworkers, contact with the general public, court appearances, performance standards

    Self-induced

    Personal attitudes towards work, perception of others, and work or academic goals

    Personal stress

    Can be particularly distracting because a number of factors putside the facility can affect an Ofc'sfocus

    Situational awareness

    Ofc's knowledge and understanding of the totality of circumstances, which help facilitate effective decision making

    Three stages of situational awareness

    Being alert, identifying a potential threat, and responding to a threat

    Ofc may use positioning, posture, observing, and listening

    When evaluating a situation

    Positioning

    Placing yourself in a tactically advantageous location to observe what is occurring in an area

    Posture

    Holding your body in such a way as ro show your strength, cinfidence, interest and control

    Command presence

    Projects an image of confidence in your skills and abilities

    If you appear to lack confidence

    Inmates will attempt to manipulate or deceive you

    Controlled Behavior

    Demonstrates confidence and controll by avoiding such distracting behaviors as foot tapping, nail biting, and fidgeting

    Observing

    An awareness of any occurrence or activity erratic mood changes, emotional outburst, acting out, threatening behavior and changes in inmates energy levels that may signify safety and security problems

    Active Listening

    Learned skill that Ofc use to quickly determine the context, threat, and relevance of events unfolding around them by paying attention to volumn, pitch, tone, and inflection

    By applying situational awareness

    The Ofc will alaways be alert for potentional threats, and rapidly respond to incidents before they escalate beyond control

    Correctional officers

    Are the first lineof defense against violence, security breaches, and other safety hazards.

    Safety and security

    Begins with a professional attitude

    An officer should come to work

    Well-rested and physically ready to perform his or her duties

    Another aspect of an Ofc's preparation is being in

    Good physical shape

    The duties do CO are often

    Physically demanding

    Lack of stamina, agility, and mobility

    Can inhibit an Ofc's ability to protect him/herself as well as coworkers

    Officers should always project a

    Confident, competent and capable demeanor

    An Ofc should be willing to communicate and use good listening skills to

    Avoid conflict as much as possible

    The officer must handle ea situation

    Fairly, and consistently, while remaininf professional

    Inmates may challenge an Ofc's authority

    By committing minor infractions

    The Ofc must address violations according

    To policy.

    Failure to address violations by inmate may result

    In inmates' behaviors escalating into a more problem and potential disciplinary actions against the Ofc and inmate

    Is an Ofc's worst enemy

    Complacency

    Complacency

    Is a comfortable or relaxedstate of mind, which lulls the Ofc into false sense of safety and security

    Ofc must be aware that failure to be alert

    Can jeopardize the safety of the Ofc, general public, and the inmates

    Stress

    Can affect an Ofc's focus and attention to detail, which can negatively influence decision making

    Four categories of stress

    Environmental, personal, work-related, and self-induced

    Environmental

    Weather, noise level, lighting conditions, crowded areas

    Personal

    Family issues, health, lack of sleep, poor eating habits, financial atutions, and academic stndards

    Work-related

    Shift work, supervisors, coworkers, contact with the general public, court appearances, performance standards

    Self-induced

    Personal attitudes towards work, perception of others, and work or academic goals

    Personal stress

    Can be particularly distracting because a number of factors putside the facility can affect an Ofc'sfocus

    Situational awareness

    Ofc's knowledge and understanding of the totality of circumstances, which help facilitate effective decision making

    Three stages of situational awareness

    Being alert, identifying a potential threat, and responding to a threat

    Ofc may use positioning, posture, observing, and listening

    When evaluating a situation

    Positioning

    Placing yourself in a tactically advantageous location to observe what is occurring in an area

    Posture

    Holding your body in such a way as ro show your strength, cinfidence, interest and control

    Command presence

    Projects an image of confidence in your skills and abilities

    If you appear to lack confidence

    Inmates will attempt to manipulate or deceive you

    Controlled Behavior

    Demonstrates confidence and controll by avoiding such distracting behaviors as foot tapping, nail biting, and fidgeting

    Observing

    An awareness of any occurrence or activity erratic mood changes, emotional outburst, acting out, threatening behavior and changes in inmates energy levels that may signify safety and security problems

    Active Listening

    Learned skill that Ofc use to quickly determine the context, threat, and relevance of events unfolding around them by paying attention to volumn, pitch, tone, and inflection

    By applying situational awareness

    The Ofc will alaways be alert for potentional threats, and rapidly respond to incidents before they escalate beyond control

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