About Corrections Officers
Barnstable County Correctional Officers are the driving force and unsung heroes of the Barnstable County Correctional Facility. All of our men and women officers have successfully completed the BCSO Correctional Officer Training Academy and have committed to working inside the jail and house of corrections to provide security for inmates, staff and the community alike.
The BCSO is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days each year. Our correctional officers work three different shifts: Day, swing and midnights. Sometimes forced to stay on after their shift for an additional work shift, our responsible staff are dedicated to ensuring the Barnstable County Correctional Facility is fully operational with the security required to house a maximum of 588 inmates on a daily basis.
BCSO correctional officers work inside facility housing units (pods) and oversee inmates of varied ethnicities and socioeconomic groups charged with crimes ranging from civil violations to murder, many of whom suffer from addiction and mental health issues. Correctional officers supervise inmates working in the facility kitchen preparing meals, in the BCSO vehicle maintenance shop working on department vehicles, in our community on construction work crews, and on the side of the road for highway DPW cleanups. A multi-faceted position at the BCSO, correctional officers perform a variety of duties such as maintaining inmate records, providing secure inmate transportation to and from court houses and other facilities, fielding outside calls and inquiries, arranging inmate visits, and training new recruits, amongst other things.
Correctional officers that complete the Intermittent Police Training Academy also provide assistance to agencies requesting officer details for traffic control at community events and construction sites. Some BCSO correctional officers with this additional training are assigned to special units such as the Barnstable Street Crime and Drug Task Force.
A select group of BCSO correctional officers are trained as Honor Guards. These officers provide representation at ceremonial events, perform funeral and burial honors, participate in local parades, and serve as the BCSO liaison on behalf of the Sheriff.
Integrity, Professionalism, Compassion and Teamwork are the hallmark principles of the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office which is evident in the work performed by our staff on a daily basis.