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As the title says, I'm looking to put together a Correctional Officer for a project and i'm looking for ideas for clothing that would be suitable.

I know there would be a variety of styles out in the 1/1 world but any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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I work as a Correctional Officer for the state of Georgia. BTW Correctional Officer is the proper term. Most officers hate to be called guards. You have lots of options. There are many different uniforms. There are federal officers whose uniforms will all be pretty much the same. Then there are state officers and county officers. Many will wear similar uniforms just with different patches. But just like police uniforms differ from city to city there are a huge number of variations and types of uniforms. Most CO uniforms are just basic police uniforms (bought off the shelf so to speak) with patches appropriate to their department. Some officers in some departments also wear BDU's in black, blue, gray, green and possibly other colors. Also some departments will have special details like tactical squads that will wear a different uniform.

In GA the basic uniform is medium blue pants with a black stripe down each leg, black boots or shoes, a black belt approximately 2" wide, light blue short sleeve shirt with a state flag (w/department logo) on the left shoulder, US flag on the right, badge on the left breast and name tag on the right. For the belt order it really depends on what your assignment is. Usually it's just a radio, handcuffs and some type of clip to secure keys but could also include a baton, pepper spray and occasionally a sidearm (S&W .38 or a Glock .40). As far as caps are concerned they aren't required in my deptartment but we can wear a black baseball cap with or without a department logo. There are a number of police figures out there that could provide much of the gear you'd need. If you need more specific information just ask and I'll see if I can help.
 

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Scimitar, Thanks so much for the info.... I've added "Correctional Officer"to the title of the thread. You have definately given me some good pointers to start with... I'll do a bit of research and may quiz you for more info as I go...

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KidAkira, you're welcome. Before I replied I did a quick google image search hoping to find a site to point you to with pictures of CO uniforms but I found surprisingly little information. BTW if you do an image search you might want to set the preferences to filter out explicit images. I don't know why but prison seems to be a popular porn theme. Anyway if you do need further information feel free to ask and I'll answer what I can. I've been a CO for a long time but only in the state of GA so I'm far from being an expert.
 

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Most of the C.O.'s I used to work with were out of shape some to the point of obese so I wouldn't know what to tell you. The new DML Green Beret has a pot belly that attaches to it if you want to make him a little out of shape and a HT muscle body would be good if you want to make him look like he has been pumping iron to deal with criminals who are doing the same.
 

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There are quite a few Correctional Officers that live here because of the fact that we have 3 major Prisons within an hour drive or less, and the towns the Prisons are in suck.

Anyway, the working uniform for the CDC basically looks like this...





Just add the equipment belt....



As far as I know, Correctional officers are typically not issued sidearms (for fear of the prisoners gaining control of the weapon while they are on duty). The guards in the towers however, have access to M-4's as well as Shotguns and Grenade Launchers with teargas and rubber bullet options.

This is all heresay though, as I am not a CO personally, just stories I have heard my brother-in-law tell about days on the job.

Hope that helps.
 

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There has been some good info given by the other posters here but allow me to comment on some of the other replies.

As far as physical fitness is concerned, CO's are no different than the general population. You have people with all body types so practically any figure would be useable. You see the same thing with a lot of police departments. Many don't have a physical fitness program except for elite detachments like SWAT or Hostage Rescue. I would just use whatever I like unless I was bashing a particular person or if I was doing a scene with several officers. You could also use any ethnicity or possibly even a female figure.

As far as the sidearm issue is concerned you won't typically see sidearms inside a prison. However COs may also have duties that take them outside the prison and many of those will require a sidearm. We have armed transfer officers that transport inmates to different institutions. There are also outside detail officers that supervise inmates working outside the prison. They are armed with sidearms and shotguns. I work both inside and outside the prison. When I'm working outside I work as a perimeter security officer in a patrol car and I'm armed with a sidearm and a shotgun. Escape details and a few other duties would require weapons as well.
 

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I was a C.O. at the County Jail before I became a Deputy. Our uniform is the same as our Deputy uniform. Gear we carry in the jail is a radio, pepper spray, handcuffs and those big copper-colored keys. We do have ASP Batons (the expandable batons) locked up in the jail but they are for emergencies.

Our Emergency Response Team wear helmets with clear visors and padded armor over BDUs, when they are activated. During normal operations they wear black BDUs.

Body type varies from body builder to couch potato.
 
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