Prison guards, also known as "correctional officers" (COs) have a unique job that requires that they possess a specific set of skills, including physical strength, quick thinking, and an understanding of psychology. Unlike other law enforcement positions, the work performed by prison guards is often under-appreciated. For this reason, a gift especially suited to recognising their role is especially important.
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Because correctional officers are only occasionally recognised for the service they provide to the community, it may be up to their loved ones to show them that their work is appreciated. Offer the CO in your family an engraved plaque that shows your appreciation, such as can be ordered from the Roberts Company Law Enforcement Catalog. The plaque could read many different things, such as "To A Man Who Keeps Us Safe" or "To The Best Prison Guard in Wayne County."
Many COs are required to pay for their own equipment, including uniforms, batons, pepper spray and handcuffs, or be provided objects of inferior quality. Help her out by purchasing a new, top-of-the-line object she'll use every day at the job.
Having one of the most stressful jobs imaginable, many COs value their time spent away from work. Consider purchasing the CO in your life a vacation far away from cement walls and steel bars, where he can relax and re-energise himself.
Novelty Gifts and Gag Gifts
A number of novelty gifts are perfect for a CO, one source of which is included in the Resources section below. These include an "I Love My Job" coffee mug, a "World's Best Screw" T-shirt and a law-enforcement necktie printed with tiny handcuffs. Working in a prison may be a rough gig, but the workplace is ripe for jokes, and the potential gag gifts for COs are almost limitless: handcuffs, a black-and-white striped jumpsuit, a ball and chain, a "Get Out of Jail Free" card. Use your imagination.
Movies about prisons abound. From "Cool Hand Luke" to "The Shawshank Redemption" to "Ernest Goes To Jail," prison life has spawned a number of classic flicks. Get your loved one a pile on DVD or Blu-ray.
Being a CO is a physically demanding occupation. It's not every job that requires you to be ready to wrestle large, violent men to the ground. A massage might be just the thing the CO in your life needs to soothe his aching muscles.
True Crime Books
There are many excellent true-crime books for the prison buff. "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote and "The Executioner's Song" by Norman Mailer are at the top of the stack.
Law enforcement is a long and distinguished tradition, one rich with memorabilia. Consider getting your CO an antique relevant to his profession, such as a vintage law enforcement badge or an old prison-guard uniform patch.
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