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Job Specification


Under the general direction of a Correction Captain or other supervisory 
officer in the Department of Corrections during an assigned tour of duty, 
has charge of the custodial work programs at an institution or in a 
designated building or area; 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.

Prepares schedules for Senior Correction Officers and Corrections Sergeants, 
gives instructions, and supervises their work, takes roll call each morning, and 
insures proper post assignment.

Takes active part in rehabilitation programs, assists in inmate counseling 
and is a member of S.E.T. team.

Testifies at inmate disciplinary hearing and court hearings, involving inmate, 
staff, or visitor misconduct.

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

Participates and instructs Institutional Training Programs involving custody 
and non-custody staff.

Serves as member of the adjustment and classification committees.

At the Correction Officer's Training Academy, organizes training courses 
in prison administration and supervises the establishment of training 
programs, assignment of quarters, equipment, instructors, and use of 
protective equipment.

Supervises the daily courts of inmates and supervises searches for any 
missing inmates.

Takes complaints by inmates or Correction Officers, makes investigations 
and prepares reports with recommendations for remedial action.

Makes reports in cases of absence or misconduct of employees, sees 
that all posts are covered and notes all unusual occurrences and significant 
conditions on the blotters or daily report sheets, reports
suspicious persons, or behavior, taking appropriate action.

Insures notification of the medical staff regarding inmates who require 
immediate medical attention.

Supervises the work of the main central point and sees that officers and 
visitors do not leave or enter the center without proper authority.

Responsible for developing custody schedules to insure adequate levels 
of staffing on all shifts; supervises the scheduling of overtime as required, 
and vacation scheduling: in this capacity, assists in the supervision of an 
institutional computer program designed to facilitate this process.

Reviews all incident reports of major disciplinary actions: assigns 
individuals to investigate; make recommendations regarding disposition.

Interviews and screens applicants for Correction Officer Recruit positions; 
makes recommendations regarding appointment.

Insures that contraband and confiscated items are properly receipted and 
stored or properly disposed of; insures that items to be held for investigations 
are secured.

Oversees an institutional program to provide firearms qualifications and 
annual requalification of all custody staff in accordance with policy and 
regulations of the State Police Commission on Firearm Training.

As required, is designated responsibility for the operation of the entire 
custody operation especially on third shift and during weekends.

Assists in the development of, implements, monitors, and coordinates 
response to institutional emergency plans utilized in case of fire; 
disturbance; attempted escapes; and natural disasters.

In case of escape, supervises the deployment of officers and serves as 
outside area supervisor; coordinates the entire outside perimeter 
operation, including liaison with local and State law enforcement officers.

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.



High School Diploma or its equivalent.


Four (4) years of experience in the care and custody of inmates in 
a correctional institution, one (1) year of which shall have been in a 
supervisory capacity.

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


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 of the laws and rules pertaining to the operation of prisons and 
correctional institutions.

Knowledge of the procedures used in supervising the custody of inmates.

Knowledge of approved Use Force, Chemical Mace, Fire Fighting, 
equipment and other emergency equipment and firearms.

Knowledge of the principles of criminal justice and their application to 
inmate custody and correction.

Knowledge of institutional emergency plans.

Knowledge of how to maintain discipline among the officers, employees, 
inmates, and visitors and methods used in preventing unauthorized persons 
from entering and leaving forbidden areas.

Ability to carry a weapon while on duty.

Ability to acquire knowledge of the due process laws with basic knowledge 
of 2C laws and court procedures used in testifying at trials and in exercising 
arrest powers.

Ability to interpret the laws and rules governing correctional work, and the 
standards of the division of correction.

Ability to organize work and develop work methods.

Ability to understand the problems of inmates.

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 determine the ability those receiving training and prepare 
recommendations for work on the basis of abilities.
Ability to develop and implement courses of study in the institution for 
Correction Officers which shall include the care, custody and rehabilitation 
of an inmate population.

Ability to develop and monitor a program for firearms qualifications.

Ability to work effectively with others.

Ability to maintain discipline among Correction Officers, employees, 
inmates, and visitors.

Ability to remain calm and decisive in emergencies and to follow 
procedures and rules.

Ability to supervise the maintenance of records and files.

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 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.

This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
Local or
Class of

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.