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  • IDOC Questions (Hiring, Process, Duration, etc.)

    Preface: This is a duplicate but I figured that I should post this in the Illinois forum since it is more relevant. Are there any IDOC offficers out there who may be able to assist me with the following questions?

    Hello, I'm new to posting in these forums, but have read them at length and would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this invaluable resource. With that being said, I have a lot of questions that I was hoping someone could help me out with.

    I applied to the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) back in September of 2006, and tested in February 2007. I passed the written, physical and interview without any issues and had an overall score of 58. I was recently informed that I passed the BI, and was put on the hiring lists at my counties of choice. However, I have a few questions. To make this easier to read, I will number my questions.

    1) Given my score, what are the chances that I will get hired by I.D.O.C., and when should I expect a call? How does my score rate compared to others? Should I retest or wait it out? The counties I chose contain the Danville, Pontiac, and Dwight correctional facilities.

    2) If/when I am called, how is the medical (read:fully body physical) examination and how extensive is it? Where is the location of the medical evaulation facility? I've had surgery on my right knee in the past (which required screws), but am quite athletic and can run/sprint, and lift free weights/do pushups without any issues, (I'm 6'3'' and about 180lbs.). In a nutshell, I consider myself to be in pretty good physical shape and I know that I would be able to handle the physical part of the academy and the job. Will there be any issues with having a surgery in the past?

    3) If/when I receive a call, how long will I have to make preparations to get to the academy and is the academy like basic training where you are required to stay for the entire 6 weeks without leaving the premises?

    4) When are IDOC academies typically held, and what is the training like?

    I'd really appreciate any help that any of you can offer, even if you are from a state other than Illinois that has comparable hiring procedures, as I am in the dark about much of this process. My deal is that I was accepted into U of I's MSW Program, (I have a BA in Criminology and Political Science), but I have a strong desire to work in Corrections for the forseeable future rather than to pursue an Master's degree at the moment. Again, thanks for your time, as I really do appreciate any advice that you could offer to me.

  • #2

    If anybody has been through the process with another state Correction's agency, please feel free to post your experiences. Thanks.


    • #3
      The six-week course is a 240-hour Pre-Service Security Training program. The cadets undergo a regimen of training sessions that include employee ethics, professionalism, firearms, control tactics, fire emergency, search procedures, discipline and report writing, radio communications, drug awareness, training exercises and exams.


      • #4
        Illinois Department of Corrections' training academy in Springfield


        • #5
          Have you been through the academy at Springfield? I've read up on it on the IDOC site and was given information after I completed the testing, but I was hoping that someone could post about the other questions that were asked as well, (pertaining to the hiring process and such). Thanks for the reply, though.


          • #6
            Nope I havent been through but I know a few who have. They said it was a learning expierience. And all who I know have been through, have moved on to City PD's or Counties where they are Deputized. I wish I could help more


            • #7
              Thanks for replying and sharing the information with me, Tux. Every bit of information helps, because I'm starved for information and have tried to search the forums but haven't been able to find much out about IDOC.


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