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Prison officer

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Turner90, Nov 28, 2017.

  1. Turner90

    Turner90 Type 1 · Member

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    Hi, I have recently applied to become a prison officer and I have my RAD day on Monday. Does anyone know if you can be a prison officer with type 1 diabetes? I don't want to get my hopes up for them to turn around and say sorry you can't because your diabetic.

    Thanks
    Lee
     
  2. tiredoftrying2017

    tiredoftrying2017 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi. I applied for a prison officer role a few years ago. Passed the bleep test and knowledge tests. Didn’t get the job - they did ask quite a few questions in the medical part related to diabetes but I’d hope that’s not the reason I didn’t get it as could be seen as discriminatory if controlled. Best of luck
     
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  3. claire1991

    claire1991 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I believe this is one job we can not do :(
    It may be down to the prisons discretion though so it’ll still be worth continuing just in case they allow you to do it, just make sure you do tell them.
    I guess if an emergency were to happen and you were hypo it could be dangerous.

    Good luck, I hope I’m wrong.
     
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    claire1991 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Lynz84 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Turner90. I believe you need a letter from your doc to say youre well controlled. Unfortunately its likely the condition will be an issue. I applied a few years back and it was a factor. Their reasoning quite rightly being if, for example, there was a riot you may not get to your medication.
    Really hope you get through and be a great example of proving how diabetes wont stop us! Good luck xx
     
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  6. Sparrow456

    Sparrow456 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    There are a lot of different roles inside a Prison. Worked as an Admin Officer myself for 12 years. Never came across any staff with type 1 diabetes, but then again I never asked. I would keep trying for an Officers job, but if you are turned down asked them about other roles in the service.

    ACTUALLY on second thoughts you will probably be refused if you are injecting insulin as you would not be allowed to take your kit behind the walls. Sorry to put a mocker on you.
     
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  7. Turner90

    Turner90 Type 1 · Member

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    Hi thanks for your help. Will just have to wait and see how it goes. I am on the omnipod pump so wireless pump. Fingers crossed
     
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  8. TheBigNewt

    TheBigNewt Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm betting no. You can't be in the military. I bet they use the same reasoning. I bet you can't be a cop either but I don't know that.
     
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    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    Lol, oddly enough. I used to work for secure document destruction company. Shredding onsite.
    One of our jobs was a "purge" in a women's prison.. On the gate my colleague & I had to submit our phones, to be reclaimed on exit. We were escorted to a compound holding the paperwork in an outbuilding, which was inside another fenced off compound area...
    Probably one of the most uncomfortable experiences I ever had.. It was like working in a shark cage.!
    Strangely, on sign in. I was never asked if I carried any needles... ;)
     
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    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi Lee,

    You appear to have two threads on this subject.
    Duel threads can often cause confusion for posters. Would you like me to merge the threads?
    It may help with productivity regarding your enquiry...!
     
  11. Turner90

    Turner90 Type 1 · Member

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    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    Job done! Thanks.
     
  13. Sparrow456

    Sparrow456 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Jaylee It should have been on the signs by the entrance. The list of things to remember was huge. We used to be subject to regular full searches and "dog sniffing" searches. Once forgot that I had some garden string in my coat pocket and had to stand in security for a telling off about checking my pockets. I think you are brave going into a woman's prison, in my 12 years I never went near one, think maximum security would have been nicer.
     
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    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    Lol, I was too busy with my "professional head" on at the time, to even think about the "contraband." I may have been inadvertently carrying.. :)

    Brave?! We were subject to some "outbursts" that could be deemed as harassment in the workplace.. :stop:
     
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    himtoo Type 1 · Moderator
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    on an omnipod here too !!!!!
    i really wish you the best of luck in this and well.....everything

    carry the flag !!!!
     
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    KK123 Type 1 · Member

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    Hi Bignewt, not true, I am one!!!
     
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    Mike D Type 2 · Expert

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    You do now. Simply dead wrong. My wife's brother is a senior T1 cop in California
     
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    porl69 Type 1 · Member

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    With an omnipod I highly doubt it. If it did "kick off" inside and your pump started screaming you may not be able to get to your supplies to change it. Pump could get knocked off if you had to restrain anyone.
     
  19. Turner90

    Turner90 Type 1 · Member

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    So you are a prison officer with type one diabetes? This gives me some hope then. Thanks for this.
     
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    ringi Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Some of these organizations don't employ anyone with Type1 but will try to keep any employees who get Type1 at a later date. For example, the military has roles that are not combat based but needs people with combat experience.
     
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