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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 Master Correctional Officer, Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Warden, and Warden. Education and training courses help prepare correctional officers for promotion.
For job recruitment, call 678.407.6010 or email at Shawntez.Williams@GwinnettCounty.com.
Salary & Benefits
Salary: Gwinnett County Correctional Officers enjoy an excellent salary and benefits package designed to meet today's needs as well as provide for a secure future. Gwinnett County offers an educational incentive of 3 percent additional pay for an associate’s degree and 6 percent for a bachelor’s degree.
- Starting salary is $37,741 for a Correctional Officer I
- Starting salary is $40,760 for a Correctional Officer II
(Must have at least 2 years of Georgia Department of Corrections experience)
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.
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
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
Training for entry-level correctional officers consists of a five-week Basic Correctional Officer Training program, which is taught at the Georgia Department of Corrections – State Offices South in Forsyth, Georgia. BCOT is a paramilitary-style training on the fundamentals of becoming a correctional officer. Prior to supervising offenders, officers must complete this extensive five-week training program; training 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. Regardless of assignment, officers must strictly conform to state and federal law, court rulings, policies and procedures, and standardized rules.
Duties & Responsibilities
Correctional officers are assigned to various security posts within the correctional complex, and their primary task is the supervision of sentenced offenders. Officers will have opportunities to advance their careers in areas such as ACA Certification, Counseling Services, Field Training Officer, become a member of our Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT) or supervising inmate work crews working in the community with our Field Operations unit.
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.
Officers must be ready to work any shift, including weekends and holidays. Regardless of assignment, officers must strictly conform to state and federal law, court rulings, policies and procedures, and standardized rules.