How to Become a Corrections Officer in Clayton County, Georgia


Corrections officers are law enforcement officers that oversee the prison populations in jails, penitentiaries and other detention facilities. The state of Georgia requires that all corrections officers be at least 18 years of age, be citizens of the United States and possess no felony convictions. (Clayton County requires that corrections officer candidates be at least 21 years of age.) Applicants must also hold a GED or high school diploma. Each hiring agency may specify additional requirements for the corrections officer position. Correction officers in Clayton County, Georgia, may work at either the Clayton County Jail or at the Department of Juvenile Justice facility, both in Jonesboro, Georgia.

  • Ensure that Clayton County is hiring for correctional officers. Clayton County does not conduct continuing recruitment for this position and will accept applications only when a position is open. Open positions are available on the Clayton County website or by visiting or calling the human resources department.

    Clayton County Human Resources Department
    120 Smith St.
    Jonesboro, GA 30236

  • Submit an application. Pick up an application at the human resources office or download it from the Clayton County website. Complete the application and the Job Preview Form for Corrections Officers (also available on the website or at the human resources office). Provide a copy of all college transcripts or Georgia P.O.S.T. (Georgia Police Officer Standards and Training) certification documents if applicable. Clayton County accepts completed applications in person from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the human resources office. Applicants may also send their paperwork via U.S. mail. Clayton County does not accept faxed or electronic submissions.

  • Pass the pre-employment process. Clayton County requires that applicants for the position of corrections officer pass seven pre-employment checkpoints. Applicants must first pass a written test on Georgia laws and standard police procedure. Those that pass this exam must then pass a physical agility test that measures strength, speed, endurance and response time. Candidates passing both tests will complete a personal interview, a physical examination and a polygraph examination. Finalist candidates will undergo credit and criminal background checks. A final offer of employment is made based on the results of all pre-employment activities combined with an evaluation of experience and education.

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