Media Misconceptions: It’s NOT Like The Movies

From Hollywood to Mainstream News Outlets

The story of America’s detention centers has been sensationalized and misrepresented time and time again. Here are a few of the common misconceptions about the life of a Corrections Officer.

New Challenges Everyday
It's Not Tedious

The media would have you believe that corrections officers spend a majority of their day just watching inmates in their cells. The truth is that most corrections officers spend their time supervising inmates, managing transportation, providing counseling, and when needed resolving conflict. In fact, there are 6 different Specialty Units an officer can join, and is able to switch between them every 6 months.

Strong Moral Compass
It's Not Tedious

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center works diligently to only hire men and women with integrity and a moral compass. The application and testing process is designed to discover and promote those who believe that being a corrections officer is more than just a job. While on duty our officers are held accountable for their actions not only by their chain of command, but also by their fellow officers.

It's A Safe Place To Work
It's Not Tedious

Being a corrections officer is one of the safest jobs in Public Safety. The typical workday for a corrections officer bears little resemblance to the violence, chaos, and corruption depicted in movies and television. Assaults, lockdowns, and other stressful situations happen, but they are rare. The training that you and your fellow officers receive during the academy and ongoing throughout your career will help you ensure a safe place to work.

See for yourself
It's Not Tedious

Every day presents a new challenge, and when unexpected events happen, they can evolve quickly. Corrections officers must always maintain vigilance and remain prepared for any eventuality. Our team is ready to help you gain a deeper understanding of the truth behind the hype and to remove all the rumors and misconceptions about life as a corrections officer. If you’re interested in getting a peek behind the curtain to see what Hollywood won’t show you, schedule a visit with us at our facility.

New Challenges Everyday

The media would have you believe that corrections officers spend a majority of their day just watching inmates in their cells. The truth is that most corrections officers spend their time supervising inmates, managing transportation, providing counseling, and when needed resolving conflict. In fact, there are 6 different Specialty Units an officer can join, and is able to switch between them every 6 months.

Strong Moral Compass

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center works diligently to only hire men and women with integrity and a moral compass. The application and testing process is designed to discover and promote those who believe that being a corrections officer is more than just a job. While on duty our officers are held accountable for their actions not only by their chain of command, but also by their fellow officers.

It’s A Safe Place To Work

Being a corrections officer is one of the safest jobs in Public Safety. The typical workday for a corrections officer bears little resemblance to the violence, chaos, and corruption depicted in movies and television. Assaults, lock-downs, and other stressful situations happen, but they are rare. The training that you and your fellow officers receive during the academy and ongoing throughout your career will help you ensure a safe place to work.

See For Yourself

Every day presents a new challenge, and when unexpected events happen, they can evolve quickly. Corrections officers must always maintain vigilance and remain prepared for any eventuality. Our team is ready to help you gain a deeper understanding of the truth behind the hype and to remove all the rumors and misconceptions about life as a corrections officer. If you’re interested in getting a peek behind the curtain to see what Hollywood won’t show you, schedule a visit with us at our facility.