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Job Specification

  CORRECTION SERGEANT

  DEFINITION:

  Under the general direction of a Correction Lieutenant or other
  supervisory officer in the Department of Corrections, assists in the
  supervisory of the custody work program of an institution, in a
  designated building or area; acts in the place of a Correction
  Lieutenant as assigned; does related work as required.

  NOTE:  The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes
  only.  A particular position using this title may not perform all duties
  listed in this job specification.  Conversely, all duties performed on the
  job may not be listed.

  EXAMPLES OF WORK:

  Supervises the work involved in the performance of assigned task
  in accordance with the established policies, regulations and procedures
  in such a manner as to encourage and assist persons deprived of their
  liberty toward complete social rehabilitation.

  Cooperates with members of the treatment staff in supporting and
  maintaining rehabilitation programs.  Takes an active part in such
  rehabilitation programs as inmate counseling and supportive set teams.

  During a tour of duty, relays orders and other communications to
  the correction officers and civilian staff.

  Supervises the work operations, and/or functional programs, and
  has responsibility for employee evaluation, and for effectively
  recommending the hiring, firing, promoting, demoting, and/or
  disciplining employees.

  Responsible for the blotter or daily work report sheets, including
  doing the work involved in noting the various assignments of the
  correction officers and unusual occurrences.

  During a tour of duty, has a leading part in supervising the work
  of the institution, including the behavior of inmates and correction
  officers, civilian employees, and visitors.

  Supervises the the work of the main control point, and sees that
  correction officers, inmates, and visitors do not leave or enter the
  institution without the proper authority.

  During a tour of duty is responsible for contact visits between
  visitors and inmates.  Assures that all visitors have proper
  identification and have been approved to visit within the institution.
  Assures that all visitors entering the institution are not carrying an
  contraband.  Assures that all reports are filed when a visitor is
  attempting to introduce contraband into the institution during visits.
  Has the responsibility of contacting and making out incident reports
  for the proper authorities including police reports when the arrest of
  a visitor is necessary.

  Responsible for all areas of the mail and package program within
  the institution.  Will have the responsibility of seeing that all mail
  received in the institution is distributed in accordance with federal
  rules an regulations.

  As assigned, is responsible for the operation of an institutional
  computer program utilized to develop and monitor officer scheduling by
  shift; overtime lists; vacation schedules, and training and attendance
  records.

  Responsible for the recording and marking of all incoming personal
  property of inmates that is received by mail at the institution.
  Responsible for the distribution of this personal property.

  Responsible for the counts of inmates and searches to be made for
  missing inmates.

  Maintains order in the building and on the grounds of the
  institution.

  Notes suspicious persons and behavior and takes appropriate
  action; notes and reports dangers and hazards and takes steps to
  correct such conditions to assure order.

  Takes the responsibility for good order and the discipline in
  specified areas of the institution.

  During a tour of duty, is responsible for such areas as the
  vocational shops, dining halls, indoor, and outdoor recreation 
  and inmates housing units.

  Responsible for all institution search teams and assures the
  Correction Officers complete proper forms for the seizure of 
  contraband as a result of these searches.

  During a tour of duty responsible for investigating charges of
  misconduct written on inmates by Correction Officers and other 
  staff members.

  Assures that all witnesses given by an inmate as a result of
  misconduct charge are interviewed and that statements from 
  these witnesses are recorded.  Sees that all charges after being 
  investigated are sent to the Adjustment Committee for adjudication.

  During some investigations is responsible for completing pre-hearing 
  detention forms and removing inmates that are a threat to the
  institution from the general population.

  Responsible for preparing daily work schedules for correction
  officers and gives correction officers instructions at time of
  reporting and supervises their work.

  Assures that all post assignments are covered.

  During a tour of duty completes roll call of officers of the
  institution and assigns them to their post.  Provides special
  instruction for work assignments.

  Assures that unusual occurrences and signification conditions are
  noted on the blotter or daily report sheets.

  During a tour of duty responsible for the return of all keys
  (maximum, minimum, and non-security keys) used by the various
  Correction Officers and civilian staff in the institution.

  Notifies the medical staff of inmates who require immediate
  medical attention.  Responsible for seeing that all inmates who have
  been injured or sick report to the hospital for medical treatment and
  that the proper incident reports are submitted to the proper authority
  when an inmate's behavior pattern indicates that he may attempt to 
  harm himself or others.

  Investigated complaints made by inmates or Correction Officers and
  prepares reports thereof with recommendations for remedial action.

  Makes reports in cases of absence or misconduct of employees.

  Responsible for filing reports on Correction Officers under supervision, 
  and as probationary reports on Correction Officer Recruits and the 
  Correction Office Performance Assessment Review (PAR) ratings.

  Responsible for counseling Correction Officers under supervision
  in areas where assistance may be needed.

  As a member of a group, attends formal classes and received
  instructions in the principles, practices, and terminology of the
  modern correction an penology methods when so assigned.

  Responsible for the operation of outside full minimum facility.

  Responsible for the scheduling of staff and the keeping of all records.

  Has the responsibility to see that all inmates assigned to satellite
  units abide by rules and regulations that govern such units.

  Supervises the programs that operate from the unit such as work
  release, school programs outside of the unit and all community
  activities.

  Responsible for institutional training in the use of all security
  equipment that will be used in the performance of duties related 
  to the Correction Officer.

  At an institution and at the Correction Officers Training Academy
  responsible for training all custody staff in the proper and safe use
  of firearms that are used in the daily performance of duties.

  At an institutional firearms range, responsible for developing and
  supervising a program to provide firearms qualification and annual 
  re-qualification of all custody staff for both on-duty weapons in
  accordance with policy and regulations of the State Police 
  Commission on Firearms Training.

  At the Department Training Center organizes training courses in
  prison administration and supervises the establishment of institution
  training programs.  Schedules training of probationary Correction
  Officers, including the obtaining of suitable quarters and equipment,
  instructors and instruction in the care, housing, custody, and
  rehabilitation of inmates and the use of protective equipment.

  May be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or 
  manual recording and information systems used by the agency,
  office or related units.

  REQUIREMENTS:

  EDUCATION:

  High School Diploma or its equivalent.

  EXPERIENCE:

  Three (3) years of experience in the care and custody of
  inmates in a correctional institution.

  NOTE: Appointees to this position shall be required to
  qualify in the use of firearms on an annual basis.

  LICENSE:

  Appointee will be required to possess a driver's license valid
  in New Jersey.

  NOTE:  The responsibility for ensuring that employees possess the
  required motor vehicle license, commensurate with the class and type
  of vehicles they operate, rests with the Appointing Authority.

 KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

  Knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, 
  and procedures relating to the operation of a penal or
  correctional institution.

  Knowledge of the problems involved in the social rehabilitation, 
  care and custody of varied types of persons deprived of
  their liberty.

  Knowledge of the involved in developing proper work procedures
  and in giving appropriate assignments and instructions to Correction
  Officers and supervising performance of their work.

  Knowledge of the methods likely to be useful in working
  effectively with varied types of persons.
 
  Knowledge of the problems involved in assimilating factual
  material of a technical nature and in compiling and utilizing 
  essential facts presented in demonstrations and/or lecture.

  Knowledge of approved force techniques, chemical mace, fire
  fighting equipment and other emergency equipment.

  Knowledge of the procedures used in maintaining extensive
  records and files.

  Knowledge of the principals of Criminal Justice and their
  applications to inmate custody and correction.

  Ability to acquire knowledge of due process laws with some
  knowledge of 2C laws and court procedures used in testifying 
  at trials.

  Ability to understand, remember and carry out oral and written
  directions and to learn quickly from oral and written explanations 
  and from demonstrations.

  Ability to organize assigned custodial work and develop
  effective work methods.

  Ability to assign and instruct groups and individuals and
  supervise the performance of their work.

  Ability to work effectively with superiors, associates, subordinates, 
  and visitors and groups engaged in or interested in work
  concerning the problems of persons deprived of their liberty.

  Ability to give clear and explicit directions and to follow
  loosely prescribed procedures.

  Ability to perform repetitive work without loss of equanimity,
  patience, or courtesy, to remain calm and decisive in emergency
  situations, and to retain emotional stability.

  Ability to prepare clear, sound, accurate, and informative
  reports of significant conditions and actions taken.

  Ability to keep accurate and extensive records.

  Ability maintain proficiency in the use of firearms as required by 
  Departmental Standards and the State Police Commission on
  Firearms Training.

  Ability to successfully complete special firearms instructor courses 
  such as Smith & Wesson and Federal bureau of Investigation
  Academy Methods of Instruction for Firearms.

  Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
  manual recording and information systems used by the agency, 
  office, or related units.

  Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in
  English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.  
  American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered 
  as acceptable forms of communication.

  Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as  
  long as they can perform essential functions of the job with 
  or without reasonable accommodation.  If the accommodation 
  cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue  
  hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

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This job specification is for state government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.

10/29/2005