Rhode Island Department of Corrections - Correctional Officer

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Department Rhode Island Department of Corrections
Job TitleCorrectional Officer
Salary$61,957 - $89,235
Deadline Dec 31, 2024 11:59 PM Eastern
Registration Fee$35.00
Location Cranston, RI
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Rhode Island Department of Corrections, RI Police Jobs

A Correctional Officer is responsible for the supervision, custody and control of adult inmates incarcerated at the Adult Correctional Institution to include but not limited to the following:

  • Care, Custody, and supervision of inmates & activities
  • Provide escorts/transports of inmates
  • Inmate accountability
  • Enforce rules and regulations
  • Search for contraband
  • Inspect facilities for safety and security
  • Incident report writing
  • Aid in rehabilitation and counseling of inmates


Requirements to become a Correctional Officer

  • Must possess a High School Diploma or GED
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must possess a valid photo identification card 
  • Must possess a valid social security card or alien registration card
  • Must be fluent in English 
  • Must pass a comprehensive screening process including a written examination, a local and nationwide criminal records check, a physical fitness test, a background investigation, oral Interview, a psychological assessment, medical screening and drug testing
  • Must successfully complete a twelve-week, rigorous non-residential pre-service Training Academy during which time Correctional Officer Trainees will receive a full starting pay of $61,957 without benefits. Successful completion of the pre-service training program is required to obtain permanent status as a Correctional Officer.


Screening Process

  • Application – Applicants are required to complete the Pre-Employment application and Background Questionnaire. 
  • Written Examination - Applicants must successfully complete a written examination, which measures interpersonal skills and cognitive reasoning. The examination is designed, prepared, and scored by an independent, professional research company. All candidates are encouraged to review the Correctional Officer Applicant Success Guide prior to the administration of the written examination.
  • Physical Fitness Test – Refer to the Correctional Officer Applicant Success Guide for further information.
  • BCI/NCIC – Applicants will undergo a criminal history check both locally and nation-wide.
  • Background Investigation - Applicants will then undergo an extensive background investigation conducted by a member of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections regarding their past employment record, education, criminal history, consumer credit history, community reputation, military service, and overall character.
  • Oral Interview - Applicants that successfully pass the physical agility assessment, written examination, and background investigation will appear before a structured oral interview board. The structured oral interview consists of a series of questions administered by departmental members and conducted in a fair and impartial manner. Applicants receive ratings for each question posed. Additionally, applicants will be evaluated on oral communication, interpersonal skills, effectiveness under stress as well as appearance and demeanor. All candidates are encouraged to review the Correctional Officer Applicant Success Guide prior to the administration of the structured oral interview.
  • Psychological Assessment - Applicants deemed eligible to continue in the process are administered a written psychological examination, along with a follow-up interview by a licensed psychologist. All evaluations are interpreted by a licensed psychologist retained by the Department of Corrections.
  • Medical and Drug Screening - Applicants deemed eligible to continue in the process must pass a complete medical examination and be found medically qualified by a physician designated by the Rhode Island Department of Corrections.


Benefits Include (Upon appointment as a Correctional Officer):

  • Starting annual salary of $61,957 - $89,235
  • Health, dental and vision coverage
  • Pension plan 
  • Paid vacation and personal days
  • Paid holidays 
  • Sick leave benefits
  • College incentive pay 
  • Step pay increases
  • Clothing maintenance allowance
  • Opportunities for career advancement


Correctional Officer Specialized Units

  • Correctional Emergency Response Team
  • Tactical Team
  • Weapons Team
  • Special Investigations Unit (SIU)
  • Office of Inspections
  • Records and Identification
  • K-9
  • RIBCO Honor Guard
  • Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
  • Peer Support
  • Training
  • Home Confinement


Career Opportunities within the Department of Corrections

  • Probation and Parole
  • Supervisory positions
  • Facilities Maintenance
  • Education
  • Counselors/Social Work
  • Administration
  • Healthcare/Nursing
  • Planning & Research

Fee Wavier Eligibility

Applicants that meet the 2023 Poverty Guidelines may request a waiver for the $35.00 registration fee.

One of the phases of the hiring process will include a thorough background investigation in where certain financial documents will be required. If the Department learns at that time that an applicant did not meet the eligibility guidelines, had the ability of paying the application fee and that a request to waive the fee was fraudulent, the candidate will be dropped from further consideration in the selection process.

Following are the Eligibility Guidelines for requesting a Fee Waiver. If you are eligible, you may select the Fee Waiver option when submitting your on-line application.

Eligibility Guidelines for requesting a Fee Waiver:


1 $14,580
2 $19,720
3 $24,860
4 $30,000
5 $35,140
6 $40,280
7 $45,420
8 $50,560

For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,480 for each additional person.

Equal Opportunity Employer 

Please direct questions regarding this position to doc.training@doc.ri.gov

Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified, or when the position capacity has been met, or unless otherwise specified in the announcement. If the deadline date is not specified in the announcement, the agency has sole discretion on setting the deadline and jobs may close without notice. It is the applicant's responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the deadline requirements and capacity limits as outlined by the agency.

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