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    Has anyone here been? I was wondering what the academy is like for COs on a day by day basis. What kind of physical condition should I be in?
    Last edited by Dan2230; 05-10-2007, 03:04 PM.

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    Originally posted by Dan2230 View Post
    Has anyone here been? I was wondering what the academy is like for COs on a day by day basis. What kind of physical condition should I be in?
    It has change a lot in the past few months. So any info I can give you would be wrong.
    "Hostages will not be recognized as a means or method of escape from this institution."

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    • #3
      As a former TDCJ Sgt. I will say this, It is not hard at all. There is vary little physical or academic challenges in TDCJ’s academy. I have seen and heard many stories of them (Staff) making sure that people pass the academy. So if you are unsure if your going to pass not worry about it You will. I have seen people who weigh well over 350 lbs pass and they can’t even stand for an hour when assigned to a pod.

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      • #4
        Really? Why are the standards so low?

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        • #5
          Probably because TDCJ is hurting so bad right now they'll take anyone they can get....damn near like my department
          Moooooooooooo, I'm a goat

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          • #6
            Oh well. I am going for the screening soon. I used to do security so I am used to standing on my feet for 12+ hours. I know corrections isn't no security though.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Dan2230 View Post
              Oh well. I am going for the screening soon. I used to do security so I am used to standing on my feet for 12+ hours. I know corrections isn't no security though.
              I'm in Federal, and have not worked Texas, however there is more security than you would think. You have to be able to make sure that your area is secure at all times, eh?

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              • #8
                TDCJ standards are low due to their retention rate. I couldn't believe the amount of dirty officers and supervisors that are working within those walls. A good example that I can give you is one staff member brought in a gun to an offender (to be used in an escape) and then when he it showed off to another offender he gave it back to the officer who gave it to him to take it off the unit until the shake down was over. That is one of the main reasons for me leaving TDCJ. Honor, Respect and Dignity are thorn out the window when it comes to MONEY in TDCJ. Let me give you a couple of words of advice about the TDCJ staff, do not divulge any personal information to anyone and don’t trust any of them who claim to be your friend. Remember you work around convicts and around future convicts. Don’t get me wrong there are a lot of damn good officers that work there, most of them have been there a long time. Seek those out and pay attention to them.

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                • #9
                  The academy is a joke, ojt is a joke. You will only start learning when you are assigned to shift and start working and are either accepted by staff or ignored until you quit.

                  You will see some of the dirtiest officers doing **** you would never imagine.
                  Last edited by TX_CO; 05-16-2007, 09:14 AM.
                  the only true rehabilitation starts with a needle............

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                  • #10
                    So sad, but true.
                    "Hostages will not be recognized as a means or method of escape from this institution."

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                    • #11
                      What is the official sidearm of tdcj investigators and parole officers?

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                      • #12
                        TDCJ isn't the only place with bad/dirty staff. These people are everywhere. The problem lies in the fact that these are the pople that make headlines. And it is how the general public looks at C.O.'s. If you need proof of this just watch an episode prison break. This is just what the general public thinks of everyone in corrections.

                        I am not sure but if they were as through about C.O.'s backgrounds as they are cops then we would get better people.
                        Last edited by Dawg; 05-27-2007, 02:35 PM. Reason: spellinf
                        It's a CERT thing. You wouldn't understand.

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                        • #13
                          NOLA- their is no "official" sidearm from what I can find out, IAD (OIG) are certified peace officers and carry off duty mostly as weapons are forbidden inside the units. Parole carry if they qualify and their office director authorizes it, but only on duty as they are not sworn peace officers and have no authority outside of agency policy.

                          The official sidearm for the agency is the S&W 65 .357 Mag revolver.
                          the only true rehabilitation starts with a needle............

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Dawg View Post
                            TDCJ isn't the only place with bad/dirty staff. These people are everywhere. The problem lies in the fact that these are the pople that make headlines. And it is how the general public looks at C.O.'s. If you need proof of this just watch an episode prison break. This is just what the general public thinks of everyone in corrections.

                            I am not sure but if they were as through about C.O.'s backgrounds as they are cops then we would get better people.
                            Nope. Background checks make little difference. We in the BOP get a thorough background investigation when they hire us and we get reinvestigated every five years. We are overrun with dirty staff and no one cares.

                            It's all about what you expect from people. If the system's culture has high standards, then most staff will have high standards and so will many inmates. In the feds our managers prefer the path of least resistance so our prisons resemble public housing projects where we let just about everything go except the convicts.
                            "Keep up the good fight, pass the word, and teach others to fight back when unjustly assaulted--be it on the street or in the courtroom. Self-defense is a normal, moral act. So teach your family, friends, and students practical defense against both physical and legal marauders." by Jerry VanCook www.PrisonOfficer.Org

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by TX_CO View Post
                              NOLA- their is no "official" sidearm from what I can find out, IAD (OIG) are certified peace officers and carry off duty mostly as weapons are forbidden inside the units. Parole carry if they qualify and their office director authorizes it, but only on duty as they are not sworn peace officers and have no authority outside of agency policy.

                              The official sidearm for the agency is the S&W 65 .357 Mag revolver.
                              Do they look like these?



                              Apparently, TDCJ has turned loose of a few of them: http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...?Item=72886555
                              "Keep up the good fight, pass the word, and teach others to fight back when unjustly assaulted--be it on the street or in the courtroom. Self-defense is a normal, moral act. So teach your family, friends, and students practical defense against both physical and legal marauders." by Jerry VanCook www.PrisonOfficer.Org

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