Correctional Officer Duties

What do Correctional Officers do?

Correctional Officers are the the Division of Prison's front-line employees. Working in the institutions, they are involved in the day to day operations of the prison. Searching cells for contraband, monitoring the movement of incarcerated residents inside and between facilities, and generally supervising and maintaining security within the facility.

IDOC's Mission, Vision and Values are designed to inspire staff to make a difference in resident's lives. Correctional Officers work with residents on a daily basis and are in the best position to make that difference. 

Correctional Officer Duties Include:

  • Supervise incarcerated residents in work, living, and recreation situations
  • Protect staff and residents using a variety of trained techniques, including verbal communication, de-escalation techniques and physical control of resistive residents, as necessary
  • Response to emergency situations involving staff and residents 
  • Assist with facility operations and ensure staff and residents adhere to department policy and security procedures
  • Conduct multiple daily counts of residents to ensure safety and security; maintain count reports and daily logs
  • Deliver food to resident eating areas, escort or transport residents and property to facilities or within parts of the institution
  • Review and complete of institutional forms, court documents, various reports and count sheets with attention to detail and accuracy 
  • Inventory and search of resident property; search of housing unit living areas and resident common use areas; conduct unclothed body and/or pat searches of residents

Watch and see where Correctional Officers work and what they do. Starting pay for a Correctional Officer at IDOC is $16.75 per hour plus benefits

The Correctional Officer position is the first step to a rewarding career in Corrections. Aliong with promotional opportunities in Prisons and Probation & Parole there is an abundance of opportunity to learn, grow and challenge yourself on a personal and professional level. 

To learn the steps to becoming a Correctional Officer and to apply online click HERE!! 


The Correctional Officer position at IDOC is entry-level, meaning you are not required to come into it with any prior experience or education other than a high school diploma or GED. IDOC instructors and their partners in the Criminal Justice field work together to train new Correctional Officers in the specific skills and knowledge they need to be successful on the job.

Correctional Officers attend the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Academy that is specific to the duties and challenges of the profession. Once Correctional Officers complete the academy and prescribed training, they become certified Peace Officers. Correctional Officers also participate in a Field Training Program with experienced officers and keep their skills sharp with regular training throughout their careers. 


Correctional Officers work inside Idaho's correctional institutions tending to the overall safety and security of the facility. Correctional Officers interact with incarcerated residents daily and can make the biggest impact on an offender's experience while in the care and custody of Idaho Department of Correction.

Correctional Officers are the difference-makers.

Questions? Contact an IDOC Recruiter! or (208) 658-2020

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