What is a Correctional Officer?
Gwinnett County correctional officers supervise individuals who have been arrested, convicted of a crime, and ordered by the courts to serve a prison sentence in the Gwinnett County Comprehensive Correctional Complex.
Correctional officers maintain security and offender accountability in order to prevent disturbances, assaults, and escapes. They routinely inspect locks, windows, doors, gates, and fences for signs of tampering; and report security breaches and unusual occurrences. Officers also inspect the facility for unsanitary conditions, contraband, and fire hazards. They evaluate the quality/quantity of work performed by offenders and prepare disciplinary reports in response to offender rule violations.
Attitude and performance lay the foundation for career progression. Correctional officers can move up the ranks to Corporal, and then to Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Warden, and Warden. Education and training courses help prepare correctional officers for promotion.
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Salary & Benefits
- Starting salary is $33,601 for a Correctional Officers
- 3 percent for Associate’s degree
- 6 percent for Bachelor’s degree
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Retirement, Health, & Wellness Benefits
Gwinnett County offers very competitive shared-cost retirement plans and health benefits plans that include vision and dental as well as HSA, HRA, and FSA accounts.
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The County also has a Wellness Program that offers:
Health Risk Assessment
Lunch and Learn Education Programs
Exercise Incentive Programs
Weight Watchers at Work
Annual Wellness Fair
Fitness Club Membership Reimbursement
In addition to this, the County also has an Employee Wellness Center that provides care for full-time, benefit-eligible Gwinnett County employees and retirees who are enrolled in one of the Gwinnett County health plans and their dependents who are age 18 and older. The Wellness Center offers services such as:
- Holidays: 12 holidays per year
- Annual leave (vacation): 13 days/year at hire, ascending thereafter (adjusted according to regularly scheduled hours)
- Sick leave: 13 days/year (adjusted according to regularly scheduled hours)
- Compensation for required military training and jury duty
- Tuition reimbursement program
- Employee assistance program
- Uniforms and equipment furnished
- Employee discount programs
Duties & Responsibilities
Regardless of assignment, officers must strictly conform to state and federal law, court rulings, policies and procedures, and standardized rules. Prior to supervising offenders, officers must complete an extensive five-week training program that includes the use of firearms, unarmed self-defense, and first aid; as well as instruction in understanding inmate behavior. Officers must be available to work any shift, including weekends and holidays.
Officers ensure the safe, secure, and orderly operation of the prison – they must effectively respond to escapes, fights, disturbances, fires, natural disasters, and other emergencies. In responding to these situations officers must consider the safety of the general public, the safety and welfare of any hostages, the prevention of injury or loss of life, the safety of the offender population, and the protection of government property.