Ministry of the
Solicitor General

Becoming a Correctional Officer

Becoming a correctional officer

Becoming a correctional officer

A career in corrections will appeal to individuals who enjoy working rotating shifts and the challenge of balancing the two diverse components of the job including the security, custody and rehabilitative needs of an inmate. Correctional officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and help keep Ontario’s communities safe.

Correctional officers receive a thorough training program, both on the job and at a ministry training site. Training includes search procedures, self-defence and emergency response.

Duties vary and include supervision of inmate activities and control of their movement throughout the institution.

Correctional officers must be:

  • alert and prepared to react to the unexpected
  • able to handle a variety of difficult situations when dealing with the inmate population
  • able to communicate effectively with a variety of people
  • able to work as a member of a team of professionals in the care and rehabilitation of inmates
  • willing to work shifts

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