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Correctional officers are law enforcement professionals who serve in state prisons, local jails and federal reformatories making certain prisoners are safe. They help to maintain law and order in the prisons by stopping fierce hostilities and also helping to rehabilitate prisoners.
The operations of correctional officers may involve the following:
Correctional officers need to be aware of risks such as injury caused by angry or unruly inmates, exposure to serious infectious diseases and common workplace risks such as slip and fall accidents.
Though both correctional officers and police officers are uniformed officials, correctional officers work with prisons and jails to monitor inmates, while police officers monitor their local areas, respond to traffic incidents and investigate and make arrests for crimes.