Job Specification 40809
CORRECTION SERGEANT, JUVENILE JUSTICE
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
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
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
Investigates charges of misconduct written by varying levels of
correction officers on juvenile offenders= inappropriate actions
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Possession of a High School Diploma or its equivalent.
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.
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.
Minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Knowledge of authorized force techniques utilized in controlling
disturbances and when and how approved usage of chemical mace may
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
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
Ability to communicate with juvenile offenders to foster self-
assurance attitudes and personal esteem for themselves and toward
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
Ability to lead military style training and regimented
Ability to lead and conduct rigorous physical fitness training
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
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
Ability to follow instructions and orders and issue to others
clear, accurate, and explicit directions and orders to follow and
Ability to properly utilize firefighting equipment and adhere to
stipulated emergency procedures.
Ability to provide training and instruction to groups of people
Ability to provide and preside over specific modular intensive
training programs and methods developed exclusively for agency
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
Ability to prepare and provide reports in detail of any issues,
problems, or conditions warranting specific action and the action
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
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
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
Ability to provide supervision, training, instruction, and
guidance to Senior Correction Officers, Juvenile Justice and
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
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
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.
CODES: 20/221 - 40809 RKR/hw 5/11/96