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Job Specification 40809

CORRECTION SERGEANT, JUVENILE JUSTICE

 

DEFINITION


 Under  general direction of a supervisory officer in the Juvenile
 Justice Commission, assists superiors in supervision and delivery
 of  custody work programs and with the responsibility and  charge
 of  overseeing convicted juvenile offenders assigned  to  various
 institutions and facilities throughout the State; functions as  a
 Training  Officer and/or First Level Supervisor  over  correction
 officers  of lesser grade; does other administrative and  custody
 related duties 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:


 Exercises all powers and rights of enforcement to function  as  a
 law  enforcement officer for the detection, apprehension, arrest,
 custody, and prosecution of offenders against the law.

 Supervises  work involved in the performance of assigned  custody
 programs and related activities in accord with established rules,
 regulations,  policies,  directives,  practices,  and  procedures
 governing  juvenile correctional institutions,  facilities,  boot
 camps, and satellite locations.

 Interacts  with  medical,  professional,  and  support   services
 personnel   in  providing  and  maintaining  rehabilitation   and
 educational programs to encourage juvenile offenders to seek self-
 involvement and personal esteem in specialized programs.

 Conducts   and  leads  military  style  training  and  regimented
 activities  associated with close order drill,  physical  fitness
 conditioning, and training for juvenile offenders.

 Interacts  and  reenforces program objectives with  lesser  grade
 officers  which  were  developed for  the  social  and  emotional
 habilitation initiatives designed to address juvenile  offenders=
 attitudes and behavior responses.

 Completes   administrative  and  daily  worksheets  of  assigning
 correction  officers  to various work assignments  and  recording
 information  into  daily logs and noting unusual  occurrences  or
 events of the shift.

 During a tour of duty, relays orders and other communications  to
 Senior  Correction  Officers,  Juvenile  Justice,  Recruits,  and
 civilian staff.

 During  a  tour of duty, functions as lead officer in supervising
 work  programs  of  the facility including behavior  of  juvenile
 offenders,   Senior   Correction  Officers,   Juvenile   Justice,
 Recruits, civilian employees, and visitors.

 Supervises work responsibilities in the main control center,  and
 observes  and  oversees movement of varying levels of  correction
 officers,  civilian  employees, visitors, and  escorted  juvenile
 offenders  as  they  enter  and leave the  institution,  facility
 buildings, and grounds as appropriately authorized.

 Ensures  all  visitors have proper identification and appropriate
 reason  for being on grounds, and conducts searches and  oversees
 surveillance  activities to identify and prevent  contraband  and
 unauthorized  articles  form  entering  the  facility=s  grounds,
 buildings, and living quarters.

 Ensures  that reports are completed, recorded, and filed  when  a
 person  is identified attempting to introduce contraband into  an
 institution  or  facility  as  a  visitor,  is  responsible   for
 contacting  proper authorities when the arrest of  a  visitor  is
 necessary, and completes required reports and denotes incident in
 reporting logs and daily work sheets.

 Utilizes  and  accesses  the  institution  or  facility  computer
 information  system  to develop and monitor correction  officers=
 scheduling  by  shift,  available  overtime  listings,   rosters,
 approved  vacation  days and scheduled sick hours/days,  training
 schedules, and attendance records.

 Supervises  the  recording  of incoming  mail  and  packages  and
 marking  of  received personal property and  items  for  juvenile
 offenders=  usage  that  is authorized to  be  maintained  at  an
 institution or facility.

 Supervises  and  reviews the shift and daily counts  of  juvenile
 offenders and searches to be made for missing juveniles.

 Oversees  the maintaining of order in assigned areas,  buildings,
 and  school  classrooms  on the grounds  of  the  institution  or
 facility and other designated locations.

 Responds to reports of suspicious persons or differing actions or
 behavior  displayed  by  juvenile  offenders,  takes  appropriate
 action,  and  denotes and records event and ensures condition  is
 corrected to ensure a safe, orderly, secure environment.

 Responds   to   dangerous   and  hazardous   situations.,   takes
 appropriate  action to correct and/or mediate to  restore  order,
 and  calls  for  assistance and/or redeployment  of  officers  as
 required.

 Restores order and issuance of disciplinary actions necessary  to
 ensure a safe, clean, orderly, secure environment.

 During  a  tour  of  duty, is responsible for conducting  regular
 periodic  inspections of various areas, buildings,  grounds,  and
 living quarters of an institution or facility.

 Leads  institution or facility search teams, ensures that  Senior
 Correction  Officers,  Juvenile Justice and  Recruits  adhere  to
 authorized  search  and  surveillance procedures,  and  completes
 proper  forms for seizure of contraband as a result of  conducted
 searches.

 Investigates charges of misconduct written by varying  levels  of
 correction officers on juvenile offenders= inappropriate  actions
 or behavior.

 Interviews  all  witnesses  that may  have  observed  a  reported
 incident  or  misconduct  action,  ensures  all  statements   are
 recorded and verified by witnesses, and forwards all charges  and
 required  documentation  after  completion  of  investigation  to
 superiors for appropriate action.

 During  the  course  of  an investigation,  completes  prehearing
 detention  forms  and if necessary reassigning  certain  juvenile
 offenders  that may be a threat to others residing in the  living
 quarters or are targeted by other juvenile offenders for acts  of
 reprisal.

 Identifies  and  addresses  gang  related  retaliation  acts  and
 threats  of  violence between rival gangs of  juvenile  offenders
 housed in separate units of an institution or facility.

 Oversees   outdoor   work  details  and  educational   activities
 comprised  of  juvenile  offenders  to  ensure  good  order   and
 discipline  in  and around specific areas of the  institution  or
 facility are maintained.

 Prepares  daily work schedules for assigned officers and  renders
 various instructions.

 During  officer roll call, addresses incidents from prior  shifts
 or  other directives of importance officers should be made  aware
 of in performing their assigned duties.
 Ensures  that  all designated personnel assignments are  properly
 defined   and   covered  to  maintain  a  clean,  orderly,   safe
 environment for all parties.

 Ensures that unusual occurrences and conditions are noted in  the
 daily report sheets and recording logs.

 Oversees the issuance, storage, security, and collection of  keys
 utilized  by  varying levels of correction officers and  civilian
 employees of an institution or facility.

 Notifies   medical  staff  of  juvenile  offenders  who   require
 immediate  medical  attention, and  completes  required  incident
 reports and documents for submission to proper authorities when a
 juvenile=s   behavior  pattern  indicates   potential   harm   to
 himself/herself or others

 Investigates  varying  types  of  complaints  filed  by  juvenile
 offenders, varying levels of corrections officers, support staff,
 and  visitors,  and prepares reports thereof with recommendations
 for appropriate review and action by superiors.

 Completes  incident reports in cases of unauthorized absences  or
 misconduct by officers or other assigned staff.

 Counsels  and  provides guidance to Senior  Correction  Officers,
 Juvenile  Justice  and Recruits under said  supervision  in  work
 areas where assistance may be required.

 As  a  member  of  a group, attends formal classes  and  receives
 instruction  in  the  principles, practices, and  terminology  of
 correctional  concepts involving juvenile  penology  methods  and
 programs addressing supervision and counseling activities.

 Schedules  correction  officers=  movements  and  maintaining  of
 proper recordkeeping requirements.

 Ensures  juvenile offenders assigned to satellite units abide  by
 rules, regulations, and procedures that govern such units.

 Supervises programs such as work release, boot camps, institution
 camps,  school  and vocational training attendance participation,
 outside details, and other off grounds and community activities.

 Conducts training sessions within the institution and/or facility
 in  proper usage of security and safety equipment which  will  be
 utilized  in performance of assigned duties performed  by  Senior
 Correction Officers, Juvenile Justice and Recruits.

 May  develop  and oversee a firearms program to provide  firearms
 qualification  and semiannual requalification standards  for  all
 officers in weapons usage and security in accord with policy  and
 regulations issued and enforced by the State Police Commission on
 Firearms Training.

 Performs   military  style  inspections  of  juvenile  offenders=
 clothing  attire,  living quarters, and hygiene  practices  on  a
 regular daily basis.

 Plans,   organizes,   and  assigns  work  requirements   of   the
 organizational  unit  and  prepares  filing  reports  on   Senior
 Correction Officers, Juvenile Justice under said supervision  and
 probationary  reports for Correction Officer  Recruits,  Juvenile
 Justice and Performance Assessment Reviews.

 Trains  and  supervises  Correction  Officer  Recruits,  Juvenile
 Justice as assigned.

 May  oversee  agency training and related safety and firefighting
 activities.

 Performs  various  types of investigations and prepares  detailed
 reports reflecting determined findings.
 Ensures  juvenile offenders= rights are not violated, and reviews
 and  monitors  enforcement programs and procedures in  compliance
 with Commission directives.

 Composes  memoranda  and  other  communications  and  statistical
 reports   related   to  custody  responsibilities   and   program
 activities.

 May  be  required  to  testify as a State witness  before  formal
 hearings,  Grand Juries, Courts of Law, administrative  hearings,
 or other judicial bodies.

 Oversees  the transport of juvenile offenders to and  from  other
 jurisdictions  and  facilities  as  required  which  may  require
 issuance of firearms to correction officers.

 Leads  correction officers in searches in apprehension of escaped
 juvenile  offenders from custody which may require  issuance  and
 carrying of firearms.

 Utilizes  and  trains  others  in  usage  of  various  types   of
 electronic  communications, computer information  systems,  other
 types of recording equipment, devices, and manual recordings used
 by the agency, institutions, facilities, satellite locations, and
 other related units.

 Regularly  instructs and reminds subordinate staff  of  policies,
 directives, procedures, standards, and practices.

 Instructs  subordinate  staff  on  changes  and/or  revisions  to
 policies, directives, procedures, standards, and practices.

 Schedules   training  requirements  for  probationary  Correction
 Officer Recruits, Juvenile Justice.

 Recognizes  and  rapidly  evaluates  potentially  dangerous   and
 hazardous situations involving juvenile offenders= and correction
 officers= safety and well-being, and exercises caution  and  good
 judgment  in  identifying these circumstances  quickly  to  avoid
 personal injury or to prevent endangerment to the general  public
 and/or property damage.

 Interacts  with  juvenile  offenders= parents  and/or  guardians,
 subordinates, superiors, and other assigned employees to  develop
 and  maintain  desired  team leadership initiatives  of  position
 reenforced  values,  incentives, and sanctions  to  address  each
 juvenile=s   assessment   needs,   treatment,   and   educational
 requirements the facility can offer for rehabilitation objectives
 and goal attainment.

 Will  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:

      Possession of a High School Diploma or its equivalent.

      EXPERIENCE:

      Three (3) years of experience in the supervision, care,  and
 custody of convicted juvenile and/or adult offenders assigned  to
 a correctional institution, facility, and/or boot camp.

      LICENSE:

      Appointees  will  be required to possess a driver's  license
 valid  in  New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle,  rather
 than  employee mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties
 of the position.

      AGE:

      Minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.

      CITIZENSHIP

      Must be a United States citizen at the time of appointment.

      NOTE: At time of appointment, eligible candidates for  this
 position  must  submit  acceptable proof  of  meeting  the  above
 indicated requirements.

      SPECIAL NOTE

      The  responsibility for ensuring that appointees possess the
 required  motor vehicle license, commensurate with the class  and
 types  of  vehicles  that  they  may  operate,  rests  with   the
 Appointing Authority.

      Appointees  must have successfully completed the  NJ  Police
 Training  Commission  and agency training  course  standards  for
 custody, supervision, investigations, and related law enforcement
 requirements.  Appointees shall have qualified in  the  usage  of
 firearms and the ability to requalify on a semiannual basis.

      Selected  eligible candidates shall meet the  qualifications
 for  juvenile  correction  officers  and  shall  be  employed  as
 juvenile correction officers pursuant to section 6 of P.L.  1995,
 c. 28 (N.J.S.A. 52:17B-174).

 KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

 Knowledge  of  laws,  rules, directives, regulations,  standards,
 policies,  and  procedures  relating  to  the  operations  of   a
 correctional institution or facility housing juvenile offenders.

 Knowledge  of problems and circumstances likely to be encountered
 in  a work environment involving the social rehabilitation, care,
 well-being,  and  custody  of  juvenile  offenders  detained  and
 deprived  of specific freedoms throughout a custodial supervision
 period of confinement.

 Knowledge  of the care, usage, security, integrity, and  training
 of others in proper usage of firearms safety and other restraints
 and defense equipment.

 Knowledge  of  electronic communications equipment  and  database
 software utilized in the performance of assigned duties.

 Knowledge of surveillance methods and procedures.

 Knowledge  of  administrative and law enforcement procedures  for
 reporting violations to applicable laws, rules, regulations,  and
 directives.

 Knowledge  of administrative procedures for reporting  violations
 to policies and programming requirements.

 Knowledge of methods and techniques for performing investigations
 of   recorded  juvenile  offenders=  inappropriate  actions   and
 violations to stipulated programming directives, governing rules,
 regulations, and established standards.

 Knowledge of methods and procedures governing issuance of  arrest
 warrants.

 Knowledge  of  procedures for recording statements attained  from
 witnesses during the course of an investigation.

 Knowledge  of  principles and techniques of employee  supervision
 and conducting evaluations.

 Knowledge  of  principles  and  practices  of  identifying  needs
 assessment.

 Knowledge of principles and techniques of mediation.

 Knowledge  of methods used in developing work procedures  and  in
 rendering  work  assignments,  instructions,  and  directions  to
 Senior  Correction  Officers,  Juvenile  Justice,  Recruits,  and
 civilian employees.

 Knowledge  of authorized force techniques utilized in controlling
 disturbances and when and how approved usage of chemical mace may
 be deployed.

 Knowledge of directives and operating procedures governing  usage
 of firearms and in identifying ascending force factors leading to
 that point of using deadly force.

 Knowledge  of  procedures  utilized in  maintaining  records  and
 filing systems.

 Knowledge  of  principles  and  practices  in  applying  criminal
 justice  applications and standards to juvenile offenders  housed
 in correctional institutions and facilities.

 Knowledge of procedures governing rules of evidence.

 Ability  to  exercise all powers and rights of a law  enforcement
 officer  in criminal matters and function as an officer  for  the
 detection,  apprehension,  arrest, custody,  and  prosecution  of
 offenders against the law.

 Ability to acquire knowledge of due process in the application of
 applying  law  enforcement  powers  and  court  proceedings   and
 procedures in testifying at trials.

 Ability   to   perform  and  train  others   in   techniques   of
 assertiveness  methods  utilized  properly  in  a  confined  work
 environment   with  persons  of  varying  ethnic   and   language
 backgrounds, education, abilities, and personalities.

 Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships  with
 juvenile    offenders,    their   family   members,    coworkers,
 subordinates, and superiors.

 Ability  to  instruct others and adhere to aspects and techniques
 of  positive reenforcement methods to gain confidence and respect
 of  juvenile offenders to assist and provide direction with their
 personal development and emotional stability during their  period
 of incarceration.

 Ability  to  communicate with juvenile offenders to foster  self-
 assurance attitudes and personal esteem for themselves and toward
 others.

 Ability  to  recognize and utilize varying levels of  supervision
 methods and coaching techniques with Correction Officer Recruits,
 Juvenile  Justice to provide necessary positive counseling  needs
 and  work  development  attainment skills during  their  12-month
 training period.

 Ability   to   lead  military  style  training   and   regimented
 activities.

 Ability  to  lead and conduct rigorous physical fitness  training
 activities.

 Ability  to  participate  and lead calisthenics,  exercises,  and
 close order drill activities.
 Ability  to  supervise and perform military style inspections  of
 living   areas  and  quarters,  proper  clothing/uniform  attire,
 appropriate  self hygiene habits, safety issues, and  liabilities
 of juvenile offenders.

 Ability  to instruct others in applying principles and  practices
 of  Commission  directives  as  they  apply  to  custody  related
 juvenile delinquency problems and issues.

 Ability  to  explain  and  instructs  others  on  what  types  of
 circumstances and events may be encountered in closely  following
 prescribed rules and regulations.

 Ability   to  recognize  suspicious  persons  and/or  events   or
 circumstances.

 Ability to initiate decisive action and disseminate clear  orders
 to  eradicate and solve the problem or troublesome situation, and
 to  ensure proper order and safety levels are achieved  prior  to
 leaving the area.

 Ability to identify, address, and analyze custodial programs  and
 problems,    organize    assigned    duties,    delegate     work
 responsibilities,  and  develop  effective   work   methods   and
 procedures.

 Ability  to  follow instructions and orders and issue  to  others
 clear, accurate, and explicit directions and orders to follow and
 adhere.

 Ability to properly utilize firefighting equipment and adhere  to
 stipulated emergency procedures.

 Ability  to provide training and instruction to groups of  people
 or individuals.

 Ability  to  provide and preside over specific modular  intensive
 training  programs and methods developed exclusively  for  agency
 requirements.

 Ability  to  acquire  methodologies and  techniques  utilized  in
 applying principles and practices of needs assessment.

 Ability   to   work   effectively  with  superiors,   associates,
 subordinates,  visitors, facility=s employees, and  other  people
 engaged  and  interested  in  rehabilitation  efforts  and   work
 requirements relative to issues and problems of housing  juvenile
 offenders deprived of their liberties.

 Ability  to problem solve daily work related situations, learning
 from  experience,  training classes, and workshop  demonstrations
 gleaned  useful  for  custody supervision  work  and  programming
 initiatives  in  an  institution  or  facility  housing  juvenile
 offenders.

 Ability  to prepare and provide reports in detail of any  issues,
 problems, or conditions warranting specific action and the action
 taken.

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

 Ability  to  successfully  complete special  firearms  instructor
 courses  and  training requirements as authorized by  the  Police
 Training Commission.

 Ability  to  utilize and instruct others in usage  of  electronic
 communications,  computer information  systems,  other  types  of
 recording equipment, devices, and manual recordings used  by  the
 agency, institutions, facilities, satellite locations, and  other
 related units.

 Ability  to  evaluate reliability and credibility  of  witnesses=
 oral or written statements.

 Ability  to  prepare detailed correspondence, reports, memoranda,
 and  communications  on  custody issues  and  problem  and  other
 program needs.

 Ability  to  provide  supervision,  training,  instruction,   and
 guidance  to  Senior  Correction Officers, Juvenile  Justice  and
 Recruits.

 Ability  to  identify and recognize where juvenile offenders  may
 hide after successful escapes from custody.

 Ability  to  recognize  and  identify potentially  dangerous  and
 hazardous situations involving juvenile offenders and to evaluate
 available  options and when and how to handle these circumstances
 in utilizing independent judgment of warranting caution or taking
 decisive action.

 Ability  to  gather, collect, maintain, collage,  interpret,  and
 disseminate statistical information.

 Ability to make decisions and determine when circumstances should
 be referred to superiors for appropriate action.

 Ability to qualify with firearms on a semiannual basis.

 Ability  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, and  communicate  in
 English   sufficiently  to  perform  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  after
 reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations.   If
 the  accommodation  cannot be made because  it  would  cause  the
 employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

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