Pros: a good union, good salary, opportunity for promotion if you want it
Cons: at times the job can be very demanding
The job of a New York City correction officer is certainly not an easy one. For the most part, the general public lacks an accurate perception of our profession and what it requires. Most civilians cannot fully appreciate the scope of our responsibilities. Neither are they aware of the many varieties of dangerous situations the we face on a daily basis.
I can only say, that from my experience, I have enjoyed my career with the NY City DOC. I have had the pleasure of working with some of the finest supervisors and officers. The bonds I have formed will last forever. Teamwork is of the utmost importance and that is something to always keep in mind.
The hardest part of any day is simply getting to where you might be assigned. After, just make sure you are aware of your surroundings. Do not be afraid to make your tours of inspection
to check inmate's cells and make sure everyone is accounted for and they are alive and well. CO's must remember that inmates, though they have been charged with various offenses, are human beings.
The most important thing for me was refusing to let anyone or anything prevent me from doing my job. The job of a NY City correction officer is far more complicated than it might seem to be. A jail is a busy and active community unto itself.
If you can work with others and have pride in what you do, the NY City Correction Dept it can offer a wonderful career. After having served for 28 plus years I have no regrets. There are many people I will miss when I retire.