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Correctional Officers Supervisor  What They Do

Just the Facts


Directly supervises and coordinates activities of correctional officers and jailers.

This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Correction Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Maintains order, discipline, and security within assigned areas in accordance with relevant rules, regulations, policies, and laws.
  • Takes, receives, or checks periodic inmate counts.
  • Maintains knowledge of, complies with, and enforces all institutional policies, rules, procedures, and regulations.
  • Responds to emergencies, such as escapes.
  • Supervises and directs the work of correctional officers to ensure the safe custody, discipline, and welfare of inmates.
  • Restrains, secures, or controls offenders, using chemical agents, firearms, or other weapons of force as necessary.
  • Resolves problems between inmates.
  • Supervises or performs searches of inmates or their quarters to locate contraband items.
  • Monitors behavior of subordinates to ensure alert, courteous, and professional behavior toward inmates, parolees, fellow employees, visitors, and the public.
  • Completes administrative paperwork or supervises the preparation or maintenance of records, forms, or reports.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Short periods of running, jumping, or throwing
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Captain --
  • Correctional Lieutenant --
  • Correctional Officer Captain --
  • Correctional Officer Lieutenant --
  • Correctional Officer Sergeant --
  • Correctional Sergeant --
  • Corrections Sergeant --
  • Lieutenant --
  • Sergeant --
  • Shift Supervisor --