In order to be a correctional officer in the State of Massachusetts, you must first meet a set of basic requirements and qualifications.
Some basic requirements that you must have are: A valid driver’s license, a High School Diploma or have completed the GED program, must be a U.S citizen or be able to provide your naturalization paperwork. Successful potential applicants should be of good moral character, display strong communication skills, both written and oral, and be able to interact with a diverse group of people.
You will be disqualified if have a prior criminal record or have served any jail time. You cannot have any domestic violence convictions, as this job requires you to carry a firearm. If you have previously had any warrants, you will need to provide court documents that verify that those particular items are in fact closed. As with all essential documentation, failure to present all of the required documents will disqualify you from consideration.
Your first step is to fill out an application, which includes a Release and Certification form to authorize a background investigation. Return your completed application to: Division of Human Resources, Personnel Department, P.O Box 946 Norfolk, MA 02056, Or fax to: (508) 850-5217.
You will next need to pass the Civil Service Exam to continue in the hiring process. To view upcoming dates for testing, see the announcement here.
Once your application and Civil Service test are complete, you will get a notice by mail to go to the Shirley Training Academy to have a formal interview. Make sure you bring all required documentation with you to your appointment such as your driver’s license, Social Security card, and two completed application forms.
After receiving a conditional offer of employment, you will attend the Basic Training Academy, a 10-week program where you will learn necessary DOC policies and procedures, participate in physical conditioning exercises, and receive hands on training.
As a requirement of your application process, you will also be required to complete a Physical Abilities Test (PAT) in order to properly gauge you overall physical condition. The test consists of three times events: Sit-Ups, Number you can complete in 1 minute, Push-Ups, Number you can complete in 1 minute, and a 1.5 Mile run which will be timed. Additionally, you will be subject to psychological and drug testing.
Incentives for Higher Education
The Massachusetts Department of Corrections currently provides individuals that currently hold higher education degree with annual incentive pay. The amount of incentive pay that you could receive is based solely on the level of the degree the person currently possesses.
For more information, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Corrections website at http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/doc/, or call 1-866-WRK-4DOC.