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Correctional Officers
within the State of Utah

Correctional officers balance compassion with accountability while supervising individuals in correctional facilities throughout the state. Correctional officers enforce rules, conduct searches, write reports and maintain order, safety and security in the facility. Correctional officers may assist offenders with education, counseling or other rehabilitative needs. As a correctional officer, you will learn valuable communication and de-escalation skills for assisting both incarcerated individuals and the public.

Employment opportunities include Correctional Officer with the Utah Dept. of Corrections as well as Correctional Deputy at any of the county jails within the state.  Those employed in these capacities are generally expected to have the Special Function Officer (SFO) and Basic Correctional Officer (BCO) certifications.  An Advanced Correctional Officer (ACO) may also be required.  Many officers and deputies employed in a correctional capacity continue their education and transfer to positions requiring the Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) certification such as patrol deputy and Adult Probation and Parole (AP&P).

Source: Peace Officer Standards and Training of the Utah Department of Public Safety.

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