Most officers would agree that maintaining a sense of humor is an absolute must, and psychological research points to the positive value of humor in promoting mental health.
A popular corrections web page has a piece called “… Signs You’re a Correctional Officer,” and to expand on that theme, here is a space where you are invited to submit your own ideas and build your own list of signs. Take a moment to think about some of the funny, strange or just plain silly things that you have caught yourself doing as a result of your work as a correctional officer. Below are a couple of examples from anonymous writers:
You might be a correctional officer if …
… you're looking for one of your kids and yell, “Count time, catch your racks!”
… when you’re at home and see a phone off the hook and think it may go to a no dial alarm.
… you’ve ever told random teenagers at the mall to tuck in their shirts and pull up their pants (and they did!)
Submit Your Ideas
Send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries will be accepted based on their appropriateness for a general audience.