Kansas Corrections Officer Job Description

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has a robust presence in Kansas with one major correctional facility, a Community Corrections Management Field Office in Kansas City, and the North Central Regional Office, which serves as the headquarters for the entire North Central region of the U.S.  The U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth is a medium security facility housing male offenders that also has an attached minimum security prison camp.  In 2013, the population count at the U.S. Penitentiary was 1,684 and 427 at the prison camp.

Kansas Department of Corrections statistics from 2011 indicate that 93 percent of prison inmates in Kansas that year were male. Although the capacity of all Kansas prisons was 9148, the population of inmates that year totaled 9186, with the majority (64 percent) being Caucasian, 33.4 percent black, 1.8 percent American Indian, and 0.8 percent Asian. The most populated prison facility in Kansas that year was the Lansing Correctional Institute, at 2412. Kansas correctional officer jobs are vital to keeping order in these facilities through round-the-clock supervision of inmates.

Prerequisites for Becoming a Corrections Officer in Kansas

Federal Correctional Officers

The requirements to become a federal correctional officer include:

  • U.S. citizenship (some facilities with extreme need may hire non-citizens)
  • At least 21 years of age and younger than 37
  • Have no disqualifying criminal history
  • Have a financial history without serious delinquencies

Correctional officers may join the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the GS-5 or GS-6 levels. The requirements for GS-5 employees includes:

  • Bachelor’s degree; or
  • Three years of experience in
    • Teaching
    • Security
    • Supervision
    • Sales
    • Religious instruction
    • Emergency response

The requirements for GS-6 entry are

  • 14 quarter hours of graduate course work in
    • Social science
    • Law
    • Criminal justice; or
  • One year of specialized experience in
    • Law enforcement
    • Mentally ill patient care
    • Corrections

Kansas Department of Corrections

Before applying for corrections officer jobs in Kansas, certain qualifications must be met. These include:

  • Attaining age of 19 (or older)
  • Possession of a high school diploma or GED
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license
  • Have no felony convictions on record
  • Have no domestic violence convictions on record
  • Have no DUI convictions in the past two years
  • Have no adult misdemeanor drug charges or possession convictions in the past five years
  • Have no pending indictments, criminal charges or outstanding warrants

The Process of Becoming a Corrections Officer in Kansas

Applicants who meet the above prerequisites may apply for open corrections officer jobs in Kansas. Steps that must be followed in this process are:

  1. Register online by completing the Personal Data Form. This will provide an applicant number to each job candidate.
  2. Complete the Kansas State Employment Center online job application.
  3. Request and obtain a Certificate of Tax Clearance. This must be submitted to the recruiter designated in the job opening announcement
  4. Submit other documentation as required in the job opening announcement (usually includes a resume, cover letter, proof of high school graduation and copy of driver’s license)
  5. Once all applications are reviewed, qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule the Corrections Officer Test.
  6. Those who pass the test may be contacted for an interview with Department of Corrections personnel.
  7. Candidates must pass a background and employment check
  8. Once given a conditional offer of employment as a corrections officer in Kansas, candidates must pass a drug test, physical examination and TB test.

Training for Corrections Officers in Kansas

Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy

New federal corrections officer must complete phases I and II of Introduction to Correctional Techniques.   Phase I is an 80 hour orientation conducted at the assigned facility.  Phase II is a three week training program that includes firearms instruction, correctional procedures, physical abilities testing, and self-defense.  Phase II is administered at the FLETA in Glynco, GA.  After the first year, federal correctional officers must receive between 16 and 40 hours of training per year.

Kansas Department of Corrections

Newly hired corrections officers in Kansas must complete the Kansas Department of Corrections Basic Training for Corrections Officers. This course of study lasts 240 hours and includes:

  • Standards of professional conduct
  • Risk management
  • Cultural awareness
  • Use of force
  • Offender supervision
  • Medical emergencies
  • Communication skills
  • Safety procedures
  • Information technology
  • Security procedures

After the formalized training program is completed, corrections officers will also receive on the job training. Corrections officers in Kansas are considered to be on a probationary status for the first year of employment.

Yearly, Kansas corrections officers must complete 40 hours of continuing education training. In addition to refresher courses on the above-listed topics, training may include:

  • Inmate sexual assault prevention
  • Prevention and control of communicable and infectious diseases
  • Sexual harassment
  • Self defense
  • Sexual misconduct/undue familiarity

Locations for Kansas Corrections Officer Jobs

Correctional officer jobs in Kansas may be located at any of the eight correctional institutions and four satellite facilities across the state. These include:

  • Kansas Correctional Industries – Lansing
  • Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility – Larned
  • Wichita Work Release Facility –Wichita
  • Winfield Correctional Facility – Winfield
  • Topeka Correctional Facility – Topeka
  • Norton Correctional Facility – Norton
  • Lansing Correctional Facility  – Lansing
  • Hutchinson Correctional Facility – Hutchinson
  • Ellsworth Correctional Facility- Ellsworth
  • El Dorado Correctional Facility – El Dorado

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