I assume that you are talking about the application process on BOP-HIRES, where you answer some multiple choice questions about your knowledge, skills, and abilities as well as select your location preferences. If so, you should be good to go. From this, they will determine if you are qualified, and if there is any competition for the job they will rank scores on the questions to determine who is first, second, etc. on the list. A formal application will be required later if the institution decides to interview you.
Houston is a Fedarel Detention Center. That means they have a lot of pre-trial inmates, those awaiting moves to their permanent locations, and a small work cadre that is permanently assigned. As far as I know, they have no infirmary area, only the clinic space.
It is a high-rise location, so there is little movement of inmates in the institution and a lot of stuff to take to the inmates, i.e., pill lines in the housing units and such. Expect to do a lot of intake screenings and new committment physicals.
Except for the work cadre, there is little long-term care done for the inmates. The majority will be there a short time and anything elective is deferred until they are at their designated institutions.
From what I understand, Houston is a well staffed institution from a health services perspective. Two physicians, two pharmacists, several mid-levels nurses. One of the physicians is someone I have worked with as he was at Bastrop for several years before going to Houston.
If you have corrections experience, the FBOP is nothing tough for you. Expect the inmates to be more pampered than you are used to in county and state facilities and as such more demanding and familiar than you might expect.
Also, it will likely be a big change in terms of your role. Make no mistake, at the FBOP you are a correctional officer first and foremost. Expect to be pulled to cover custody posts, at least during annual refresher training. Expect to be pulled to be part of mass shakedowns in the housing units. You will be required to train on firearms and self-defense at Staff Training Academy - it is about 1/3 to 1/2 the curriculum. You will be required to maintain proficiency on firearms and demonstrate that annually.
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Thanks so much for the info! I THINK I applied today, but the app never asked about current or prior employment and education. It did say "Thank you for applying." It really was less of an application than a vague questionare. Do you know anything about the facility in Houston? I currently work corrections, but for a company that contracts with correctional facilities. I generally work the infirmary (prefer to be there), but occasionally work the dispensary. It is a nice change from the hospital.:spin:
Thanks again for the info! I will have to see if they call and if I can run a 1/4 mile that fast