RI seeking candidates for correctional officer training academy


CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Department of Corrections is putting the call out for men and women who may be interested in becoming a correctional officer at the ACI in Cranston.

On Wednesday, Jan. 9, the DOC will be holding an event at 10 a.m. in the second-floor state room at the State House to kick off its recruitment for the upcoming training academy.

The duties of a correctional officer include safeguarding the custody and well-being of inmates, supervising their conduct, maintaining order and providing discipline and/or rehabilitation when applicable, according to the DOC.

Once hired, the starting salary is $52,656 plus benefits.

Prospective COs must complete twelve weeks of training. Those selected to take part in the academy will receive a $500 weekly stipend. 

The selection process includes a physical fitness test, background check, written examination, interview board, psychological assessment, and medical and drug screenings.

Applications for the training academy are being accepted from Jan. 9 to Feb. 3 and can be filled out online. Click here to apply »

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid photo ID and a social security card or alien registration card, possess a high school diploma or GED certificate and be fluent in English. Living in Rhode Island is not a requirement.

Candidates are given the option to attend a two-hour informational session on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 17 at 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m.

Attendees are asked to pre-register for the sessions at least two days in advance by calling (401) 462-2697.

The DOC is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and members of minority groups to apply.

Anyone with questions about the training academy can call (401) 462-JOBS.

Click here to learn more about the training academy or RIDOC »

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