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    Difference between Correction Officer and Detention Deputy

    As the title of the thread implies, what are the major differences (if any) between a CO and a Detention Deputy?

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    Re: Difference between Correction Officer and Detention Deputy

    The name of the job. As a rule a CO works for a department of corrections, a detention deputy works for a sheriff's department. In the end the job is much the same.

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    Re: Difference between Correction Officer and Detention Deputy

    A good question. As a county corrections deputy, the position includes searching, interviewing, photographing and fingerprinting crooks that have just been arrested and brought in to the jail to be incarcerated, which can be interesting depending on how much liquor and/or drugs are on board. When I was a young, healthy stud, Intake was my preferred area to work. Now that I'm pushing 60 with the wear and tear of 25 years in the business, I'll take housing areas, thank you very much.

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    Re: Difference between Correction Officer and Detention Deputy

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    A good question. As a county corrections deputy, the position includes searching, interviewing, photographing and fingerprinting crooks that have just been arrested and brought in to the jail to be incarcerated, which can be interesting depending on how much liquor and/or drugs are on board. When I was a young, healthy stud, Intake was my preferred area to work. Now that I'm pushing 60 with the wear and tear of 25 years in the business, I'll take housing areas, thank you very much.
    Don't housing units have their fair share of ruckus'es too??

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    Re: Difference between Correction Officer and Detention Deputy

    It's all the same. You feed the scum, search the scum, keep the scum from killing each other.
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    Re: Difference between Correction Officer and Detention Deputy

    I have been both a State CO, and a County CO.

    Night and day difference. In a jail, you deal with drugs and alcohol, you deal with withdrawals, you deal with the freshness of arrest, you deal with a short time population, you deal with absolute nucking futjobs, you deal with less ability to classify inmates in a way that helps to deal with facility management, you deal with laundry, you deal with passing out chow, (seg/shu officers, that is a jail WITHIN a prison), and you have very few posting options besides intake and a housing unit.

    In the prison system, the inmates are in it for the long haul, are generally not under the influence of substances, have gone through their withdrawals, and most generally inmates deal with things like chow and laundry.

    In my experience, as a State CO, you do less per inmate, with more inmates, and it is more akin to being a police officer in a city of convicted felons.
    I preferred working in the prison system, but the pay was terrible.

 

 

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