What are the most important skills needed to be successful as a Juvenile Detention Officer?
“Some of the most important skills for a career choice of this nature is the ability to use great verbal skills to de-escalate situations. You must possess the ability to read the residents and analyze a situation quickly so it can be resolved early. Maintaining the ability to stay calm in a situation is critical and ensures the safety of yourself and the residents. In my opinion, the most important skills are to be fair, firm and consistent with all of the juveniles your serve.”
What are the aspects of your job that you love and are the most rewarding?
“The job is rewarding when you get to see a youth you worked with experience success in the community after he/she leaves the Detention Home. We provide guidance and mentoring to the youth in our facility with the hopes that they experience success in the community in the future. It is gratifying to know you did your job well when you see youth succeeding.”
One of the primary foundations of our Court is helping youth and families. Share a success story you have had working with a youth at the Detention Home.
“On a daily basis I am helping a juvenile succeed and getting families through tough times. I try my best to be a positive role model for all of the youth I encounter with hopes of helping them learn from their decisions. Observing a youth change his behaviors and seeing him or her be successful has been a very gratifying aspect of my position.”