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Correctional Officer Trainee (COT) at Alabama Department of Corrections

Correctional Officer Trainee (COT)

Alabama Department of Corrections Mobile, AL Full Time
$33,082 - $44,403/Year
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Correctional Officer Trainee (COT)

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) is currently hiring Correctional Officer Trainees (COT) to join our rapidly growing team. We are looking for candidates who are passionate about public safety and committed to making a difference in corrections. The ADOC offers COTsextremely competitive benefits and a secure, clear path to a future in public service.

The ADOC provides all of our team me mbers with the appropriate training. COTs must complete the ten-week ADOC Academy to receive APOSTC certification. A COT candidate who does not have a college degree must provide a copy of BAT/ACT Workkeys test results. Additionally, all COT candidates must pass a physical fitness and agility test (PAAT). The evaluation consists of:

  • 1.5 mile run in 15 minutes and 28 seconds
  • 22 push-ups in 60 seconds
  • 25 sit-ups in 60 seconds


  • High school diploma or GED certificate
  • 19 years of age or older
  • No domestic violence convictions
  • U.S. citizenship (includes naturalized citizenship)
  • Good health and physically fit
  • Drug-free
  • Discharged "under honorable or general conditions" from U.S. Armed Forces (if prior military experience)
  • Valid Driver’s License


  • Statewide openings
    • Major correctional facilities
    • Community-based facilities


  • Excellent health and dental insurance
  • Thirteen annual leave days
  • Thirteen annual sick leave days
  • Thirteen annual holidays
  • Twenty-one days of paid military leave annually
  • Probationary, promotional and possible annual merit salary raises
  • Annual bonus starts at five years of state service
  • Secure state retirement plan and supplemental retirement investment programs
  • Training and professional development programs
  • Advancement opportunities
  • Permanent, full-time position
  • State Employee Injury and Workman's Compensation Program
  • State employee credit union
  • Alabama Correctional Employee Support Fund College Scholarship
  • State Employee Assistance Program (SEAP)


  • Firearms certification allows COTs to transfer inmates, man patrol towers and operate perimeter trucks.
  • Stands watch in halls, dorms, cellblocks, yards, dining facilities, and any place inmates are located. Maintaining order, controlling movement and monitoring behavior and activity. Escorting inmates, responding to and intervening when observing unruly behavior. Provides first-aid when necessary. These duties will be conducted in General Population only.
  • Supervises groups of inmates in housing areas in General Population on work details in kitchens, shops, laundries, and recreation areas within the confines of a correctional facility
  • Counts inmates in General Population to include participating in lockdown procedures.
  • Inspects inmate quarters for safety and sanitary conditions meeting institutional, departmental, federal, and state standards. Inspect for the presence of contraband while working in General Population
  • Conducts scheduled and unscheduled searches of inmates and visitors for unauthorized and illegal items and contraband during General Population visitation.
  • Completes reports and keeps records of inmate work progress, behavior, infraction of rules of conduct and unusual occurrences in General Population
  • Communicate with supervisors and provide and receive information regarding staff and inmates under their supervision. Provide clear instructions to inmates. Assist with educational and vocational opportunities. Able to give work assignments and able to explain rules, procedures and services at the institution in General Population.

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