A typical day at work for me would start with briefing and getting assignment then reporting to assigned area to get inmates ready for court, to go to appointments and to go to prison. If there were no more assignments to court we went to work anywhere in the facility that we were needed. We were the elite officers of the jail trained everywhere in all positions and on all floors.
I learned to stand my ground and to not show fear, how to safely and accurately shot and maintain my weapons and how to work well with those in uniform. We had to be there for each other, you learn to work with and show a united front to the public and you don't have to like the person that you work with. Everyday we had a different partner, you have to know your job to keep everyone safe. I learned to follow chain of command.For the most part our management did back our decisions if we had a good reason for what we did. I learned to work with different management styles. My coworkers were in the same boat that I was and we all stood up for each other and handled situations as they came. Everybody did the same job and it was a dangerous job so we were all in the same boat. The hardest part of the job was dealing with people who were locked up for alleged crimes. Ours was a pretrial facility so they were only accused not convicted yet, except for the maximum security floor. Dealing with angry potentially violent people everyday teaches patience and follow- through. The most enjoyable part of the job was that I have found that law enforcement is my niche and I learned to handle my self. .
out of town trips, posting at the hospitals, future job ability
health care, not having protection for ourselves