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This is a discussion on TDCJ C.O. application process within the Texas forums, part of the United States category; I'm planning on flying to Texas from Chicago to test for the state Correctional Officer position. Can someone tell me ...

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    TDCJ C.O. application process

    I'm planning on flying to Texas from Chicago to test for the state Correctional Officer position. Can someone tell me what the whole application process entails? What is the turnaround time in getting a reply? Also, I've seen online that all of the openings are for PT positions, how difficult would it be to get moved to FT status?
    Last edited by SP103; 05-28-2009 at 11:41 AM. Reason: left out a word

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    PT indicates part time and fulll time positions available, I'm thinking you mean the ones that are black and bolded with the star? Those are just critically understaffed units, that happen to have part time positions available. You can still put in for full time

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    There are plenty of full time positions available all the time in TDCJ. You take the test and they grade it right then and you have your interview on the same day. Some people will be offered a position in the academy at their interview and some will have to wait up to two months. But as long as you have never been convicted of a felony and pass the test you should be hired.

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    What is the usual wait time if you are not offered a place on that day? With a clean BG?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rbt123 View Post
    What is the usual wait time if you are not offered a place on that day? With a clean BG?
    It just depends on when the next opening in a academy comes up. I would not think it would be any longer than a month at this time but I have heard of some people waiting as long as three months in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rbt123 View Post
    PT indicates part time and fulll time positions available, I'm thinking you mean the ones that are black and bolded with the star? Those are just critically understaffed units, that happen to have part time positions available. You can still put in for full time


    I just went through the application process and flew out from Georgia. Best bet to book your stuff in advance. If you decide to you can rent a vehicle from thrifty for 30$ a day, if you are looking for a decent hotel the Laquinta inn is located right across the highway from where you test and such and is around 30 a night if booked online. So it goes like this. Testing starts at 730am. be there at least 15 mins beforehand to sign in and get your ppwrk straight. They then lead you back into a room where you sit in these outdated desks from the 1940's (uncomfortable as hell) then they begin to ask for paperwork. Make sure you have everything. License, social security card, high school diploma and or college diploma. DD214 Member 4 if you served in the military, and a court disposition if you have ever been convicted of a crime. Now after all that they take your paperwork and start pulling criminal history reports on you all thats done in another room without you really knowing. Then they start to hand out the answer sheets and give the directions of what to do and not to do. Its a scantron sheet. Just like when taking the SAT or ACT. Blacken in the circle make sure it is darkened and blah blah blah.

    The test is 5 parts 100 questions total all multiple choice. Heres why I hate having a photographic memory Ill describe them to you essentially giving you the answers. The first part they give you a booklet with 3 photos in it. Labeled one two and three. Youll have 5 mins to look over the photos and then they take them up. After taken up you will have 5 minutes to answer 20 questions based on the 5 photos. The first photo is a pic of offenders piling inside of a van one officer present and 5 offenders total, the officer has a cuff case on his right side and is wearing a blue jacket, one offender in the fore ground is wearing a wrist watch, and the license plate last 3 numbers are 788 or maybe its 288. 2nd photo is of a group in main population. there is one officer to the left and 4 offenders sitting at a table to his right. the officer has cuffs stuffed in the back of his pants. The number above the cell door you can read is 106. I dont remember how many cell doors were visible total nor how many offenders were sitting down watching TV. Pay attention to that. 3rd photo is of offenders either going to work or returning from work. 3 officers are present on horseback 2 in black felt cowboy hats and 1 in a white straw hat. the offenders are walking on concrete in 2 lines on the right side of the screen. one offender is wearing a hat. I know theres maybe one or two more questions but they are slipping my mind...hmmm thats odd. After 5 mins they will say pencils down and then take up the questions.

    parts 2-5 you will be given 90 mins to answer 80 questions. Ample time to finish the test. Now heres a big hint for this one. If youre not sure of an answer to a question skip over it and come back to it. The questions booklet has the answers in it. Part 2 will give you a situation and ask what would you do in this situation if you dont know the answer dont fret cause part 4 has the same situation just worded differently and gives the answers to questions in part 2. The you can go back and get the correct. The 5th part is simple mathematics. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. as well as some word problems. They will give you a small piece of scratch paper to work out the problems. All the answers will be multiple choice. Now in most cases based on my past testing if youre given the option for none of the above it usually is, well I think that was an option on the majority of them and only one out of 80 questions was none of the above.

    Okay after youre finished with your test you take it up front and it is graded immediately. So you will know right away if you pass or fail. If you pass or if you fail they call you up front granted you pass they give you a sheet to fill out with a green card attached to the back to take home and send in ONLY if you change your address before they get in touch with you. Then you wait patiently at your desk until everyone else is finished. After everyone else finishes they will then tell you what time you need to be back for your interview. They take lunch from 12-1300, just make sure you are there for your interview ontime. So you sit back up front in the waiting area and talk with other guys about where to apply and such and then after that they call you back. The interviewer will take you to their office sit you down and remain quiet. Remember they are watching how you act and what you do. Sit up straight and dont fidget with things. I personally would recommend that you show up to test and interview in no less than slacks a dress shirt and a tie. Others will be wearing jeans and tshirts and come unshaven. All depends on if youre interviewing for a job or a career. The interviewer will then ask you a few questions to start off mostly about why you want to be a CO and also whatever they are looking at on your criminal history report. They also pull your driving history so if you have a lot of speeding tickets prepare to be asked why you drive so fast. I know I was. He then will ask various questions like where do you wish to work where are you applying for and what in your opinion do you think a CO does.

    http://forums.prisonofficer.org/off-...ng-career.html

    Check out the above link for positive interviewing techniques...Keep in mind when the interviewer asks you do you have any questions for me be sure and ask a few. They are testing to see how interested in the career field you truely are. After the interview is over they shake your hand and tell you it could be between a day and up to 45 days before you hear anything back.

    Now this is based on what a few officers from the TDCJ on this site told me. Where ever you test at if you apply for one of the units in the area they represent you are more likely to receive a call quicker than if your applying to units elsewhere. Every area thinks they are the best. Which makes sense.

    As for a timeline as to how long it takes to hear back. It really all depends on how long it takes to get information back from prior employers. Outside of that they will tell you if you are rejected they will send you something in the mail within 2 weeks of your test date. They also say that if you havent heard anything back within 45 days to call them back and ask for a status update on your application.

    Now there are guys on here that have had a conditional offer of employment made at the interview, I heard back within a week as others on here have and still some have had months and even a year go by between. So ya never know. Now as for the Conditional offer of Employment. This means that you have been invited to attend the academy but are not yet a full fledge employee. You still must pass the pre-employment drugscreen, the class work, the firearms training as well as the piddly PT portion of the academy. (Nothing like in the military) The TDCJ pays on a month to month basis. So yes you understood me correctly you receive one paycheck a month. Paid the 1st of each month. If you apply to one of the priority units you will receive a $1500.00 sign on bonus granted you remain an employee for at least one year of your hire on date (graduation date) you will receive the bonus after your 2 weeks of On Job Training is complete. Based on my knowledge though Ferguson and Eastham are in dire need of officers so you may have a better chance applying for those in the 1 and 2 spot of your application.

    Other than this information I cant help you any further. I hope something here will help you with what you were seeking. Best of luck to you.

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    Thanks for all the great info Mark! BTW, where did you test in Texas? I'm trying to book my trip and the place you went to sounds great since there is a hotel across the street (no getting lost in the morning). Also, what is the minimum passing score on the test?

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    I tested in Huntsville, Texas. There are 2 test sites in huntsville listed to test at on the texas site. choose the one that offers the test everyday. As to how many questions you can get wrong I really dont know. Id imagine that since there are 100 questions total that you can miss 30 in all. Dont quote me on that. Some corrections require a minimum of 80% and up to pass.

    Heres something else to take into consideration. If you are flying in from another state. Stay an extra day longer than intended. Reason is is that unlike many other states you dont have to wait six months to retake the test you can retake it everyday until you pass. Granted you pass on the first time you can utilize the second day to look around the city for either apartments or check out the local scene. Highly recommend checking out "Tops and Bottoms" restaurant.

    As far as the LaQuinta inn location. Texas like a few other states in the country is notorious for frontage roads which in most cases are one way traffic. Still no sweat though you would turn right out of the hotel go down one exit get off and loop back around on the opposite frontage road to get to the testing facility. Id recommend you drive it out when you get there so you know for sure where you are going. If you are unsure of where to go there were more Troopers around than you could shake a stick at so Im sure one of them would be able to point you in the right direction.

 

 

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