The title represents the one phrase I hear the most every single day when I am at work. C/O referring to confinement officer. It has been about a month since I started working at the jail. It’s not so bad once I get into the groove of things. There is so much stuff that has to be done. I almost feel like I am catering to the inmates because obviously anything I am doing is for them. Examples include passing mail, passing commissary items they bought, taking them downstairs to nursing, attorney visits, chaplain visits, church service, passing medication, and the list goes on. It is organized chaos. Everything has to be done a certain way to provide safety for myself and other inmates.
I have one more rotation before I am going to switch to first shifts. In the morning, a lot of the work is taking inmates downstairs so they can get transported to court and bringing them up when they are back. Also there are lunch and breakfast trays to pass. I’m not sure what else first shift entails, but I will know soon.
I had guard drill this past weekend for three days. We took buses down to Camp Atterbury to complete computer classes, take a physical test, and shoot with 9mm handguns. That was a pretty decent weekend.
Although it has been rainy this week, the weather is getting nicer out and that is a definite plus. I planted a couple of strawberry plants in a pot and have it sitting on my back patio. I’m not sure how many strawberries one plant produces, but it’s fun to grow nonetheless. I can’t wait to get my own house where I can have a big garden and grow several vegetables like my grandfather does. It’s a fun and cheap way to get a bountiful amount of food!
That’s it for now! The month of May starts tomorrow!
Earlier this week I started my job as a Confinement Officer in the county jail. The first day was more orientation than anything. I took a more in-depth tour of the jail and went over several polices and procedures. The next few days I actually experienced working the blocks. I am going to stay away from providing any specific information about what occurrences have happened or will happen in the jail for security purposes online.
It was definitely overwhelming the first day I was working with inmates, even though I was on an “easy” block, just because of the amount of information my training officer was throwing at me and I had to absorb. Everything was new to me, but I catch on quickly. Different blocks are ran different ways and there are different classifications of inmates in every block. It is going to take some time to know how to learn about every little thing, but that is why I have two months of training before they cut me loose on my own.
My training officer and I visited lock-up a couple of times when they were bringing in a non cooperative individual so I could see how that situation was handled. I liked it down in lock-up where a lot of the action happens for incoming people off the street. I know I will like this job, because I will always be busy, always alert, and there is never a dull moment.
This morning I went out to a training site to get pepper sprayed so I can be certified to carry it and use it when needed. I’ve always been curious to see what it feels like, so this was my chance. I was pretty excited to learn that I would be getting sprayed after I got hired, but when I got there this morning those thoughts quickly moved to the back of my mind when I realized this is definitely not the most pleasant thing to experience. They had me close my eyes, then sprayed across them. I had to open them and keep blinking as it caused a reaction. It burned ten times as worse than getting shampoo in your eye. I moved through a few combative exercises while trying to keep my eyes open to see and proceeded to the eye wash station that was set up with water and baby shampoo. I still could not open my eyes fully until about thirty minutes later. Blinking often was the key to washing the spray out of my eyes. It was probably an hour later when I could open my eyes fully. Granted I was still burning around my eyes and face, but I could clearly see. As I am typing this, I can still feel a burning sensation around my eyebrows. When I take a shower later, it is going to reactivate the spray, but it won’t be as bad. I am glad I got that done and over with!
This morning I punched out for the last time at CVS. I am really glad I am moving forward. CVS was alright, but the night shift was really boring. I am the type of person that always has to have some sort of excitement and action. CVS was never like that. The very first night it opened was probably the most exciting. A guy walked in quietly and shortly after was followed in by two police officers. Apparently he was across the street previously at Walgreens when their employees called the police. He was intoxicated and just roaming around. He didn’t respond when the officers called him over and they trapped him between them. I was hoping to see a takedown, but that did not happen. That’s the kind of stuff I like to see. I’m excited that I am starting my new career next week at the county jail. That’s right, I said CAREER!
This is just the beginning of my law enforcement career. I really don’t know where this position will take me in the future but I am always going to be looking up to the next step on the ladder. Monday I am meeting in the personnel director’s office to fill out tax information, set up my payroll, get a parking permit for the lot, as well as a few other things. I will hopefully be finding out what kind of training I will be doing! I am too excited and can’t wait to get started. I wasn’t lying when I said in my interview that “I want this job more than all of the other applicants” and I will definitely let that show.