To become a Correctional Security Officer with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, you must be at least 20 years old, have a valid driver’s license, be able to pass a drug screen, and be willing to work any shift schedule, work any day in the week, and work overtime as needed.
Additionally, you must have 30 semester hours of accredited college education, OR have a high school diploma or equivalent AND graduate from a training course approved by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training within the first six months of employment.
Oklahoma Correctional Officers must be of good moral character. A background check will be conducted which will include a check of your criminal record, driving history, education, previous employment, and military record.
You will be automatically disqualified from employment if you have been convicted of any felony offense, domestic violence felony or misdemeanors, or an offense which requires you to register pursuant to the Sex Offenders Registration Act. Unless you have received a full pardon, crimes of moral turpitude and non-violent felonies render you ineligible as well. You must not have received a dishonorable discharge from the armed services.
To apply, visit http://jobaps.com/ok/sup/images/default.asp to search for current job opportunities. Please note that if you are interested in vacant positions at more than one location, you will need to apply for each job announcement that you are interested in. Check your e-mail for notification that your application has been accepted and you are approved for testing.
You will need to take a written test to determine your suitability for the position. The Merit System of Personnel Administration tests sites include Workforce offices, Career Technology Centers, and the Human Capital Management office. For information on testing sites and times, visit the testing information page.
Test results can be viewed online. If you passed the test, your name is ranked and given to DOC. Generally, DOC will select the top 10 applicants on the eligibility list.
If selected, you will attend the Oklahoma Correctional Training Academy (OCTA), where you will receive four weeks of instruction. There are 22 courses, which include topics such as self-defense, first aid, riot prevention, inmate discipline, report writing, physical fitness, and more.
For more information, please visit the ODOC website at http://www.ok.gov/doc/.