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What is the salary for a Corrections OFFICER? 

We offer a competitive salary starting at $55,000.00/year.

5+ years of experience w/ intermediate license or higher: $58,349.50/year

After hire, if eligible for Sr. CO: $61,103.31

10+ years of experience w/ advanced license or higher: $61,902.98/year

After hire, if eligible for Sr. CO: $64,824.51

What is the salary for a DEPUTY SHERIFF? 

We offer a competitive salary starting at $68,000.00/year.

5+ years of experience w/ Intermediate license or higher: $72,141.20/year

After hire, if eligible for Sr. LE Deputy: $74,988.24

10+ years of experience w/ Advanced license or higher: $76,534.60/year

After hire, if eligible for Sr. LE Deputy: $79,555.03

What are the shift schedules for Correction Officers?

Four buildings are 12 hour shifts (6:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Two buildings are 8 hour shifts (6:00 am - 2:00 pm, 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm and 10:00 pm - 6:00 am)

Is there a Physical Readiness Test for Corrections and Law Enforcement candidates?  

Yes. Candidates only need to complete a 500 meter row on a Concept 2 Rower. Males must get 2:08 or faster; Females must get 2:27 or faster.

To find your minimum time requirement and to watch instructional videos, please visit PRT Row. Follow the link to the Concept 2 Rower to get an understanding of the machine we will be using. 

What happens if I fail the Physical Readiness Test? 

Candidates will be allowed three attempts to pass the PRT before being disqualified for one year from the Officer hiring process. Each attempt must be scheduled on separate testing days. 

Are there promotional opportunities for women? 

Yes. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against race or gender. Our Civil Service Commission regulates procedures for promotion and ensures that all staff is treated fairly and equally. 

Do female officers work with male inmates? 

Yes. Our female officers do work with male inmates. 

Is there training available on how to handle the inmates? 

Yes. All of our cadets attend our Corrections Officer Basic Recruit Academy (COBRA); the academy is approximately 10 weeks or 2.5 months. You will learn about inmate con games, unarmed, self-defense techniques, radio procedures, smoke house safety, handcuffing procedures, code of ethics, CPR, management of direct supervision of jails and firearms training. Once you have completed COBRA, you will be assigned to work in the jail with a Field Training Officer for approximately four weeks. 


Will we hire a new graduate? 

Yes. We would prefer a year's experience, but we will hire new nurses as long as they have passed state licensing exams. 

What kind of work do we perform? 

For the inmate population, we administer medications, do chronic wound care, check diabetics, handle emergencies, work off of nursing protocols, do ECGs, draw blood, check patients into their clinic appointments, review medical records for referrals, enter patient information in the computer, take lots of provider orders, check-in medications from the pharmacy, give injections when needed (sometimes involuntary), give and read ppd's for TB screening and a myriad other things. 

Is there a doctor available? 

Yes. Our doctor works a regular 40-hour week and then the doctor, or a mid-level practitioner, is on call around the clock. We have nurse practitioners and physician's assistants in our health care system. We have a contract psychiatrist who works a regular 40-hour week and the psychiatrist or the psychiatric nurse practitioner is on-call around the clock. 

What kind of patients do we have? 

We see the same kinds of illnesses, diseases and injuries seen in clinics, emergency rooms and doctor's offices everywhere. We see a higher population of Hepatitis C and HIV positive patients, mentally ill patients, diabetics and hypertensives. 

What hours do we work? 

It is a standard 40-hour work week of 8-hour shifts, usually in 7:00 am - 3:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm and 11:00 pm - 7:00 am shifts. We have had an occasional nurse work 10-hour shifts (temporarily). 


Is there a probationary period? 

There is a one year probationary period for all TCSO employees. 

What are the schedules like? 

Employees are assigned to various schedules in order to meet the needs of the agency; schedules vary depending on assignment. 

What is the starting salary? 

Salaries are competitive with the local market, depending on prior experience, skills, and bilingual status; shift differential for certain Medical positions and shift differential for certain Non-Officer positions will be added to salary if appropriate. Review job descriptions and salary ranges



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