The fundamental reason that the Corrections Officer exists is to secure inmates in the Montgomery Detention Facility. A Corrections Officer's duties range from periods of physical inactivity to situations requiring extreme physical exertion and may involve an element of danger. Employees must be able to act without immediate supervision and exercise independent judgment in meeting emergencies. Specific work assignments are made by a Corrections Sergeant or other supervisor and performance is checked through personal inspections and review of oral and written reports. Work responsibilities for Corrections Officers are based upon assignment which may include all or some of the following: learning to perform duties, performing intake, preparing inmates for transport and possibly transporting inmates, controlling and monitoring booth, searching inmate cells, performing rover duties, completing documentation, responding to emergency situations, performing visitation duties, operating central control, and performing administrative duties.
For the Corrections Officer Trainee, a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate is required. For Corrections Officer, a high school diploma or G. E. D. certificate; APOST-C certification from the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission or completion of a two week jail management course. High school diplomas must be from accredited high schools. Correspondence or mail order high school diplomas are not accepted. Qualifying education, training and experience that provide the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job will be considered.
NOTE: Qualifying education, training and experience that provide the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job will be considered.
Applicants must be 19 years of age at the time of appointment. Individuals who have a POST-C certification from the Alabama Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Commission will be hired into the Corrections Officer classification. They serve a six-month probationary period during which they receive six weeks of on-the-job training. Individuals who do not have the certification will be hired into the Corrections Officer Trainee classification in probationary status. They attend a two week jail management class and six weeks of on-the-job training with the first six months. Upon successful completion of the training period, individuals are appointed to the Corrections Officer classification and serve a six-month probation.
Applicants who are offered employment will be required to undergo a medical examination by a physician designated by the appointing authority and successfully complete a physical agility test, drug test, and thorough background investigation prior to being employed. Employees must have and maintain a valid Alabama driver’s license.
Officers are trained in and must be certified in the use of the following: pepper spray or Mace, Strategic Self-defense & Grappling Tactics (SSGT), and CPR. E-Team members are required to be taser certified.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Works within secured facility with inmates of various classifications (i.e., minimum security to maximum security). May be required to physically restrain or subdue inmates. May be exposed to strong odors, foul language, and harassment from inmates. Required to enforce personal hygiene of inmates. Required to move from floor to floor using elevators and/or stairs, entering control booths via staircase, etc. Required to maintain vigilance while observing inmates. Officers are assigned to work on one of four squads. Each squad works either a 12-hour day shift or night shift.