Work Environment for Corrections Professionals
Not your typical office job! Correctional centres are complex and dynamic workplaces where safety and security are top priority and no two work days are ever the same.
What to Expect on the Job
A correctional centre is quite different from other work environments. We rely on our correctional officers to ensure the safety and security of inmates and our communities 24 hours a day, seven days a week—so expect to work night and weekend shifts. All our centres are secure facilities, meaning every movement, door locking and gate closing is monitored and controlled.
Correctional officers are in direct contact with inmates throughout the day. Some people find comparing a correctional centre to a small city helpful in understanding the complexity of our facilities—most aspects of your life such as food, shelter, healthcare, recreation, education and spiritual support are provided within a correctional centre. There are living units, where inmates sleep, eat, watch TV, make phone calls and visit with each other. Outside of the living unit, inmates have access to a health clinic, library, visit room, recreation facilities and school classroom. Many centres also operate vocational programs where inmates work, like our carpentry shops, bicycle repair shop and greenhouses.
As a correctional officer starting out, you can expect to work in a living unit—ensuring safe and secure custody of inmates, leading them through their daily routines and assisting them with various requests. Throughout your career you may want to vary your experience and work in other areas of the centre. Many officers work a number of posts like sentence management, health care or inmate programs during their careers; others find their niche and prefer to stick with it.
To maintain a safe and secure environment, officers are provided with various tools such as extensive and ongoing training, a supportive team of experienced officers ready to lend a hand and a network of technology that keeps them connected throughout the facility.
See for Yourself
We insist you get a taste of the job before making a final decision. Throughout your application process we encourage you to meet your recruiting officer at the correctional centre. Ask all your questions and do your research. Then, as you progress through the screening process, you will be scheduled for a job exposure day where you will observe a-day-in-the-life of an active correctional officer.
Correctional Centres in B.C.
There are nine correctional centres in B.C. Learn more about the unique working conditions in each of these facilities:
- Alouette Correctional Centre for Women (PDF, 836KB)
- Ford Mountain Correctional Centre (PDF, 860KB)
- Fraser Regional Correctional Centre (PDF, 864KB)
- Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre (PDF, 846KB)
- Nanaimo Correctional Centre (PDF, 863KB)
- North Fraser Pretrial Centre (PDF, 843KB)
- Okanagan Correctional Centre (PDF, 908KB)
- Prince George Regional Correctional Centre (PDF, 860KB)
- Surrey Pretrial Services Centre (PDF, 855KB)
- Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre (PDF, 850KB)