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!