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  • Just Hired - Ohio DRC

    Just received word today that I was hired by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections as a C.O.! Have an official start date of June 16, looking forward to it! I work in a community correctional institution now, so I'm thinking the transition shouldn't be to hard for me.

    I did have a few questions if there are any Ohio C.O.'s in here, not sure if I've ever seen any or not...

    As a C.O. in ohio, are we able to carry firearms off duty? I wasn't sure if we were "sworn officers" or not...or exactly how that worked

    What are the physical demands in the academy? And how long? (I think I remember them saying 3-4 weeks)

    I'm sure I'll think of more and post them eventually, just really excited right now!

  • #2
    Congrats. Just wanted to brighten up your thread. Good luck With your new career.

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    • #3
      Just wondering, as a C.O. why do you feel the need to carry off duty? Are you allowed to carry on duty in OH as a C.O.?

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      • #4
        Congrats on the new job. I am sure there is still going to be a learning curve, so listen to what the veterans have to say; the inmates in DRC are a different breed of animal.

        COs don't have peace officer status in Ohio, so no off duty carry. If you want to carry off duty you need to get a CCW.
        Last edited by just joe; 06-14-2014, 10:34 AM.

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        • #5
          Well, the likelihood of running into a former inmate in the town is pretty good so I usually have my personal on me. I'm also in NY so I don't know if you Ohio guys Can carry off duty.

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          • #6
            In the 9 years that I have been on the job I have run in to a few inmates. So my advise would be to get your CCW and carry off duty. Most sheriff departments will accept our firearms training to get your ccw.
            "Losers give excuses...Winners make it happen"
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            • #7
              Originally posted by MN_CountyDep View Post
              Just wondering, as a C.O. why do you feel the need to carry off duty? Are you allowed to carry on duty in OH as a C.O.?
              Posts outside the walls often carry, posts down back don't. And COs feel the need to carry off duty for the same reasons POs do. To protect themselves and their families from the dregs that they deal with at work. Further, many COs are sworn LEOs and may be able to take off duty action.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MN_CountyDep View Post
                Just wondering, as a C.O. why do you feel the need to carry off duty? Are you allowed to carry on duty in OH as a C.O.?
                You ask why? I ask why not. Whether you are a C/O, the police, or a civilian, you should exercise right to carry. Sheep or sheep dog. I choose the latter.

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                • #9
                  What was your hiring timeline? I just took the assessment and was wondering

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                  • #10
                    Good luck and congrats ! Remember to always follow your agencies policies, trust your gut, and report all discrepancies or things you don't feel right, better be safe then sorry in Corrections. Best of luck to you.

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