Correctional Corporal (#UBDB02)
$57,200.00 Yearly Min / $62,590.00 Yearly Mid / $78,238.00 Yearly Max

Description of Occupational Work

This class series uses seven levels of work in the Public Safety occupational group, Protection and Security Services occupational series, and is responsible for the discipline and security of correctional institutions.  Incumbents are responsible for inmates while assigned to one or more of the following posts:  living quarters, corridors, dining hall, infirmary, transportation, visiting room, work detail, control room, CERT, recreation, mailroom, tower, booking/receiving, special projects and/or perimeter patrol. Class incumbents work effectively with inmates in order to obtain their confidence and cooperation, while enforcing all rules, regulations and procedures affecting inmate discipline, security and safety.

Work includes responding to emergencies, including searching for escaped offenders, hearing calls for and calling for help, giving first aid at the emergency site, carrying an injured or unconscious offender or employee various distances to safety, and subduing and restraining inmates during fights, riots and escape attempts.  Incumbents are required to carry a firearm based on assigned post. 

Note: The career ladder incorporates Correctional Officer, Correctional Corporal and Correctional Sergeant; therefore, all positions allocated into the Correctional Officer career ladder are classified at the Correctional Sergeant level (highest level in the career ladder).  The Correctional Officer level is to provide entry for hiring new employees into the class series but does not preclude hiring new employees at higher levels.  To implement the career ladder, current employees are assigned to the level for which they meet job requirements and promotional standards.  Employees may be promoted through the career ladder in accordance with promotional standards for those levels assigned to an agency.  The promotional standards, a selection document under separate cover, set forth the criteria that identify, measure and verify successful performance at each level.  The Correctional Staff Sergeant, Correctional Lieutenant, Correctional Staff Lieutenant and Correctional Captain, although not part of the career ladder, provides competitive opportunity for movement of employees. 

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here. 

  • Maintains control of inmates while escorting individuals or groups within the prison.
  • Keeps accurate head counts of inmates in the assigned security post.
  • Conducts periodic shakedowns of inmates and searches inmates, visitors, employees, cell blocks and/or other structures for such prohibited items as tools, weapons or other contraband.
  • Operates manual and electronic locking systems.
  • Enforces all rules, regulations and procedures affecting inmate discipline, security and safety.
  • Observes inmate activities to detect unusual or prohibited behavior which may be a threat to the security of the facility or the safety of the inmate, other inmates, employees or visitors.
  • Ensures inmates conform to proper standards of care as required for the living areas and personal hygiene.
  • Maintains the custody of inmates during transport to other institutions and in the community for court appearances or a variety of appointments. 
  • Prepares and maintains a daily log and routine reports of activities and incidents on the assigned shift using an automated information system to enter, update, retrieve and report on data.  
  • May be required to train and care for K-9 including feeding, grooming and kennel maintenance.
  • May enter institution as backup in riot control and shakedown activities.  May participate in the pursuit of escapees.

Levels of Work

Correctional Officer

This is the entry level responsible for the discipline and security of an assigned post inside and/or outside a secure facility.  Work includes acquiring a working knowledge of rules, regulations, procedures, techniques and equipment by completing orientation and on-the-job training.  Positions report to a technical supervisor. 

  • Receives close supervision. 
  • Completes orientation and on-the-job training. 
  • Receives instruction and guidance from higher ranking Officers.
  • Operates central security control room regulating telephone, public address, electronic communication, key control, and inmate, employee, and visitor movement throughout the institution.
  • Patrols outside perimeter of a secured facility by auto, on foot or in the tower to ensure all areas are secure.  Regularly checks all buildings and equipment outside the compound for security, fire, maintenance or other hazards.  Reports post location to the control center by use of hand radio and apprehends and/or detains persons not authorized on or off grounds.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class. 

  • Knowledge of correctional security procedures and techniques.
  • Knowledge of facility and departmental rules, regulations, policies and procedures. Knowledge of the techniques of first aid, self-defense, riot control, and use of firearms and other protective equipment.
  • Knowledge of the techniques of detecting weapons and other contraband.
  • Knowledge of the attitudes, behaviors and group habits of persons in custody.
  • Knowledge of the training, handling and care of sentry dogs, as required by work assignment.
  • Skill in self-defense and use of restraint procedures.
  • Skill in the use of assigned weapons and other protective equipment.
  • Skill in the observation of inmate activities and detection of unusual or prohibited behavior which may be a security threat.
  • Ability to enforce correctional institutional rules, regulations and disciplinary measures with firmness and impartiality.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to supervise the activities of inmates.
  • Ability to act quickly and calmly in an emergency.
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare accurate reports.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions and give directions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers.
  • Ability to diffuse potentially explosive situations i.e., inmate fighting and/or threats against other inmates or co-workers.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Correctional Corporal

Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:


  1. Two years experience as a Correctional Officer or equivalent experience in the CO/series.
  2. One year experience in implementing and applying institutional/departmental rules, policies and procedures.
  3. One year experience in preparing and maintaining complex records, reports and logs using an automated information system.
  4. Possession of a valid Driver’s License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).