Correctional Officer

at Delaware Department of Correction in Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Correctional Officer

Recruitment #010122-MBDB01-380400

Opening Date: First day of the month @ 12:00:00 AM / Closing Date: Last day of the month @ 11:59:00 PM. Type of Recruitment - Open Competitive. Salary Yearly: $44,500.00 Salary Plan U10D Pay Grade 7T Employment Type Actual Vacancies Employment Term Regular Agency DOC/Prisons/All Locations Location(s) Assignments are determined by vacancy levels: (New Castle, Kent, Sussex, ) Contact Name Department of Correction Human Resources Contact Phone 302-857-5298

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The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) recognizes its employees as a highly valued resource and are offering Monetary Recruitment Incentives to new DOC employees in accordance with the DOC Employee Signing Bonus Program.

The program provides recruitment incentives as follows:

  •  Sign-On Bonus - $5,000 to new Cadets paid in three (3) installments; $1,000 after completion of first 10 weeks, $1500 after upon graduation from CEIT, and $2500 after 18 months from date of hire. 
  • Out of State Correctional Officer Pay - Upon successful completion of the Correctional Employee Initial Training (CEIT) course, employees who have equivalent work experience from another Department of Correction agency may be placed on the salary step table with up to 10 qualified years of experience.

NOTE: This program is administered by the Department of Correction Bureau of Administrative Services. The program may be terminated by the Department of Correction at any time with or without notice.

Summary Statement

This is the entry level responsible for the discipline and security of an assigned post inside and/or outside a secure facility.  Work includes acquiring a working knowledge of rules, regulations, procedures, techniques and equipment by completing orientation and on-the-job training.  Positions report to a technical supervisor.

Career Ladder Upon satisfactory completion of department promotional standards and job requirements, employees may be eligible to be promoted to the next level. Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here. 

  • Maintains control of inmates while escorting individuals or groups within the prison.
  • Keeps accurate head counts of inmates in the assigned security post.
  • Conducts periodic shakedowns of inmates and searches inmates, visitors, employees, cell blocks and/or other structures for such prohibited items as tools, weapons or other contraband.
  • Operates manual and electronic locking systems.
  • Enforces all rules, regulations and procedures affecting inmate discipline, security and safety.
  • Observes inmate activities to detect unusual or prohibited behavior which may be a threat to the security of the facility or the safety of the inmate, other inmates, employees or visitors.
  • Ensures inmates conform to proper standards of care as required for the living areas and personal hygiene.
  • Maintains the custody of inmates during transport to other institutions and in the community for court appearances or a variety of appointments. 
  • Prepares and maintains a daily log and routine reports of activities and incidents on the assigned shift using an automated information system to enter, update, retrieve and report on data.  
  • May be required to train and care for K-9 including feeding, grooming and kennel maintenance.
  • May enter institution as backup in riot control and shakedown activities.  May participate in the pursuit of escapees.


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Job Posting: 1051665

Posted On: Oct 03, 2022

Updated On: Nov 02, 2022