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Correctional Officer II Lateral

Recruitment #21-004096-0001


The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) is seeking experienced officers for Correctional Officer II Lateral positions. As a member of the DPSCS team, in addition to a competitive salary, you can enjoy a wide range of benefits such as medical and dental coverage, paid time off (i.e., vacation, sick leave), 20-year retirement, supplemental retirement options (i.e. 401k, 457b, etc.).

Newly hired employees in the Correctional Officer II Lateral classification will receive up to $7500 in hiring bonuses. DPSCS provides opportunities for career growth, including specialty areas like K-9, Special Operations Group (SOG), Intelligence Unit, and Contraband Interdiction team. There are also additional career opportunities within DPSCS in IT, Finance, and Administration. 

This lateral opportunity is for experienced officers, and is available for positions in Maryland State Correctional facilities in Western Maryland and the Eastern Shore. The positions are located in Allegany County (Cumberland), Washington County (Hagerstown), and Somerset County (Westover).

A certification is required for these positions. A copy of your transcript from your correctional officer training must be uploaded with your application. All uploaded additional information must be received by the closing date and time. 


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The positions are located in Allegany County (Cumberland), Washington County (Hagerstown), and Somerset County (Westover).


A Correctional Officer II is the full performance level of work in the custody, security and supervision of adult inmates in a correctional facility.

The duties of these positions include:

  • Maintains control and discipline of inmates from security stations, while patrolling grounds and residential units and while escorting individuals or groups to work areas and other activities
  • Keeps accurate head counts of inmates in the assigned security post
  • Conducts inspections and searches of inmates and inmate access and work areas for drugs, weapons and other unauthorized materials
  • Enforces rules of conduct, security and labor standards by issuing admonishments for minor infractions and making reports of significant violations or irregularities to superiors
  • Operates manual and electronic locking systems
  • Subdues and restrains inmates during fights, riots and escape attempts
  • When standing an armed post, determines the need for use of firearms and uses them when necessary
  • Searches for escapees and assists in their capture and return to the institution
  • Visually inspects for sanitary conditions, fire and safety hazards
  • Drives motor vehicles when transporting inmates, making outside security rounds, searching for escapees and related activities
  • Observes inmate behavior and physical condition
  • May search visitors for contraband
  • May place inmates in handcuffs, restraining belts and leg irons
  • May be designated as a key control, inmate property, transportation, armory or fire and safety officer 
  • Employees in this classification do not supervise other Correctional Officer


Education: High School diploma or high school equivalency certificate acceptable to the Maryland State Board of Education as described in the Correctional Training Commission regulation

Experience: One year of experience as a certified correctional officer responsible for the custody and security of adult inmates

Certification: Candidates must possess a current Maryland Correctional Officer Certification, with no break in service or eligible to receive an out-of-state comparative compliance certification through the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission.

Notes: 1. The educational requirements is set by the Correctional Training Commission in accordance with Correctional Services Article, Section 8-209. 
2.  Candidates may substitute one year of U.S. Armed Forces military service experience in correctional classifications or correctional specialty codes in the criminal justice field of work for the required experience. 3. Candidates may substitute one year of experience obtained in other states or local jurisdictions that involves daily contact with and custody of inmates and equivalent to Correctional Officer I, the required experience.


Required for this position: Submission of official transcripts from your training academy, documenting all certified classes and hours you have taken to obtain your Correctional Officer I Basic Training Certificate, (you may also include a syllabus of the courses, as well as any in-service training you have completed).


We are looking for experienced Correctional Officers. It is preferred that candidates have these qualifications.

- Experience performing the functions of a Correctional Officer I (4080) or equivalent classification in a jurisdiction with reciprocity per the MD Correctional Training Commission


1. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.

2. Employees in this classification may be required to operate busses for the transportation of inmates. Employees assigned such duties will be required to obtain a Class B Commercial Driver's License with passenger and air brakes endorsements valid in the State of Maryland.


1. Employees who have not already done so must meet the selection standards required and successfully complete the training prescribed by the Maryland Correctional Training Commission for a correctional officer during their probationary period, (Correctional Services Article, Section 8-209). Selection standards for correctional officer training are listed in detail in the Code of Maryland Regulations Title 12, Subtitle 10, Chapter 01 and include the following:

U.S. Citizenship or Resident Alien status
Must be at least 21 years of age 
A completed background investigation 
Oral interview
Physical examination.

2. Employees in this classification hired or reinstated on or after July 1, 2016 shall successfully complete the Entrance Level Firearms Training prescribed by the Maryland Correctional Training Commission (Code of Maryland and and demonstrate practical knowledge and proficiency in the safe use and care of firearms on a periodic basis. 

3. Employees are subject to call-in 24 hours a day and, therefore, must provide the employing agency with a telephone number where they can be reached.  

4. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least two years.  


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application, supplemental questionnaire, correctional training transcript, and certification may be emailed to or faxed to 410-484-5928. Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment.

A certification is required for these positions. A copy of your transcript from your correctional officer training must be uploaded with your application. All uploaded additional information must be received by the closing date and time. Only additional materials that are requested will be accepted for this recruitment.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, HRSD-Recruitment & Examination at 410-585-3999 or

If you are having difficulties with submitting your online application, please contact the DBM Recruitment and Examination Division at or 410-767-4850.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet. Apply Online
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.

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