MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
Corrections Officer Selection and Probation Process
This chart indicates the process a Corrections Officer applicant must go through to be hired and to complete the one year probationary period.
1. CIVIL SERVICE APPLICATION
To submit a Civil Service application for a Corrections Officer 8 position, an applicant must have completed 15 semester hours or 23 term hours of college credit (from an accredited college) in any combination of the following areas: Corrections, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Educational Psychology, Family Relations and/or Guidance Counseling, Law Enforcement, Theological Studies, or must have completed any Bachelor's Degree, or must have completed two (2) years of satisfactory employment as a Corrections Officer in a state or federal correctional system.
2. CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION
An applicant must receive a passing score. Retakes of the exam are limited to once every six months.
3. EDUCATION VERIFICATION
A transcript for verification of education is required by the Department of Corrections prior to consideration for employment.
4. CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECK
An applicant must provide criminal history information by completing a Release of Information form provided by the Department of Corrections, and must pass the criminal history check prior to consideration for employment. Falsification of information will result in elimination from consideration for hire. An individual who has been convicted of a felony or domestic violence cannot be hired. Consideration cannot be given to an applicant who is on misdemeanor probation, has outstanding warrants, or has a controlled substance (drug) related conviction in any jurisdiction, including drug-related military discharges. In addition, an applicant who has been convicted of any other misdemeanor shall not be eligible for employment until one year after satisfactory completion of any sentence imposed, including probation.
5. EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
An applicant is requested to provide a resume and complete the Employer Reference forms which will enable the Department of Corrections to verify employment history.
The Department of Corrections will notify an applicant by mail to advise of a scheduled date and time for a structured interview. Interviews are conducted in various locations statewide and are conducted in a panel format consisting of Corrections Supervisors and/or Recruitment Personnel. An applicant will have two chances to pass the structured interview.
7. PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST
A physical fitness test is administered prior to consideration for employment. The test includes pushups, situps and a step test to measure cardiovascular fitness.
8. DRUG SCREEN
Failure to pass the drug screen will result in permanent elimination from consideration for employment, even if the failure is due to taking someone else's valid prescription.
9. SCREENING AND RATING
Applicants passing Steps 1 through 8 will be rated according to education, work experience, physical condition, criminal history and interview performance, then placed in an applicant pool for hiring consideration.
10. HIRING AND PHYSICAL
Hiring consideration is based on an applicant's rating, desired work locations and the Department of Corrections hiring needs. A physical exam will be done in conjunction with a job offer. An applicant who has a medical restriction which would hinder the performance of all essential job functions of a Corrections Officer's job cannot be hired. An applicant must be able to wear a gas mask and a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) to be hired.
Training consists of 320 hours of classroom training at the DeMarse Training Academy in Lansing, and 320 hours of on-the-job training at the correctional facility for which the trainee is hired. A trainee must pass all academic and performance tests, including the physical fitness test and weapons qualification, to receive a satisfactory 4 month rating and continue employment.
12. 8-MONTH RATING
If performance rating is less than satisfactory, the trainee may be given until the 12-month rating to improve or may be separated from employment.
13. 12-MONTH RATING
A trainee must pass the physical fitness test and performance rating must be satisfactory or the trainee will be separated from employment.
14. STATUS CORRECTIONS OFFICER
Successful completion of all 13 of these steps will result in the trainee becoming a status Corrections Officer. Any questions regarding this process should be directed to:
M,ICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
715 W. Willow
Lansing, MI 48913
Monday through Friday - (517) 334-6775 (telephone)
(517) 334-6583 (fax)
The Department of Corrections is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer Rev. 10-98