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Job Specification

 
CORRECTION OFFICER RECRUIT JUVENILE JUSTICE COMMISSION

 DEFINITION

 Under close supervision of a supervisory officer in the Juvenile
 Justice Commission, attends residential training in various law
 enforcement courses as authorized by the New Jersey Police
 Training Commission; receives on-the-job training and instructions
 for the appropriate care, well-being, security, and custody of
 convicted juvenile offenders assigned to various institutions,
 facilities, and boot camps throughout the State; learns to
 utilize a  balanced approach of supervision and instruction to
 encourage juvenile offenders self-involvement and personal 
 esteem to participate in rehabilitation and educational programs;
 attends classes and courses addressing principles of supervision
 practices and surveillance activities in accord with Police Training
 Commission requirements; does other 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:

 Observes and learns proper procedures to exercise all powers  
 and rights of enforcement to function as a law enforcement officer.

 Learns proper usage, security, integrity, and care for firearms
 and the responsibility of maintaining firearms and other
 restraints and defense equipment while performing assigned
 duties.

 Learns rules, regulations, policies, procedures, practices,
 operational methods, and processes related to juvenile
 correctional institutions, facilities, boot camps, and satellite
 locations.

 Learns military style training techniques and regimented
 activities associated with close order drill and conditioning 
 for physical training of assigned juvenile offenders.

 Observes and learns objectives of programs developed for
 social and emotional habilitation initiatives of juvenile offenders.

 Learns how to project an authoritative, supportive, and positive
 attitude to assist  juvenile  offenders in achieving goal objectives.

 Observes and participates in custody programs in rating and
 evaluating juvenile offenders in earning access of credits toward
 privileges and specialized activities and programs.

 Attends an in residence Police Training Commission Program
 to learn various law enforcement practices, instructions,
 surveillance and detection techniques, firearms training,
 qualification and applicable regulations, policies, directives,
 and procedures for the care, well-being, security, and custody
 of juvenile offenders under charge of the State.

 Attends specific program classes for instruction and receives 
 on-the-job training and physical conditioning directives related
 to the principles of performing custody duties and the charge
 of sentenced juvenile offenders assigned to boot camps.

 As a recruit in training under close supervision, may be assigned
 as a member of a group or assigned individually for one-to-one
 intense training opportunities.

 Learns to supervise the care, inspection, and maintaining of
 living quarters of juvenile offenders in a safe, clean, secure
 environment.

 Learns to perform military style inspections of juvenile
 offenders' clothing, living quarters, and hygiene practices on  
 a regular daily basis.

 May assist in patrolling and surveillance activities of assigned
 areas, grounds, buildings, and living quarters, renders regular
 periodic reports via telephone or electronic communications,
 and reports the whereabouts of all assigned juvenile offenders.

 May assist in the development of acceptable conduct and behavior
 of juvenile offenders in accord with established directives and
 assertive mannerisms to prevent disturbances and attempted
 escapes from custody.

 Reports violations and discrepancies of facility's rules to
 supervisory officer.

 May assist in maintaining discipline in living quarters, recreation
 areas, grounds, school classrooms, hospitals, theaters, churches,
 eateries, trade shops, and other areas and places where juvenile 
 offenders gather in groups.

 May assist in preventing stated contraband and unauthorized
 articles from entering the facility's grounds, buildings, and
 living quarters by utilizing various search and surveillance
 techniques.

 May assist in conducting regular periodic inspections and
 recording conditions of living quarters, secured areas, door
 locks, windows locks, and other restricted areas of the facility
 and surrounding grounds.

 Escorts juvenile offenders to and from living quarters to various
 areas of the facility and other authorized locations.

 Notifies supervisor or training officer of differing or suspicious
 actions being displayed by juvenile offenders or visual contact
 of suspicious persons and conditions that warrant review and/or
 investigation, and makes note of changing conditions to determine
 possible dangerous or hazardous situations to ensure a safe, 
 orderly environment.

 Attends classes and demonstrations on methods of utilizing
 institution equipment and accessories.

 May assist in escorting juvenile offenders to job/training sites
 which are off grounds and to courts of law and other formal
 proceedings which may require the issuance and carrying of
 a firearm.

 When assigned to a medical area of treatment, may assist civilian
 employees in performance of their duties.

 When assigned to boot and/or institution camps and other 
 outside assigned details, is responsible for safety, security,
 and custody of juvenile offenders under said charge.

 Observes and receives training in preparation of program reports
 and in keeping records and files.

 Observes and assists in performing investigations and in
 preparation of detailed, concise reports.

 Learns practices and procedures for monitoring  enforcement
 programs and ensures juvenile offenders' rights are not violated.

 Learns how to prepare and complete program incident reports
 of violations, procedures of reporting such incidents, and
 investigations required to prepare reports thereof.

 Learns to prepare and compose memoranda and other 
 communications.

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

 Learns how to maintain records and security of confidential
 records and files.

 Learns to utilize  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.

 Learns how to recognize and rapidly evaluate potentially dangerous
 and hazardous situations involving juvenile offenders' safety and 
 well-being, and learns to exercise caution and good judgment in 
 handling these circumstances to avoid personal injury or to prevent
 endangerment to the general public and/or serious personal injury 
 to juvenile offenders and/or property damage.

 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.

  LICENSE:

 Candidates will be required to possess a driver's license valid 
 in the State of New Jersey.

      AGE:

      Minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.

      CITIZENSHIP

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

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

      SPECIAL NOTE

      Selected eligible candidates will be required to undergo 
 and successfully pass medical and psychological examinations
 administered by the Appointing Authority.

      Selected eligible candidates will be required to successfully
 complete the New Jersey Police Training Commission course
 standards of custody, investigations, and related law enforcement
 requirements.  Such training shall also include firearms training
 and ability to qualify and successfully attain the required level
 of proficiency and ability to requalify with firearms on a 
 semiannual basis.   All training requirements and successful
 completion thereof reflect a one year training period in addition
 to satisfactory completion of the working test period as a
 Correction Officer Recruit, Juvenile Justice to be considered as
 an eligible appointee for appointment to the Senior Correction
 Officer, Juvenile Justice position.

      Candidates may be required during the working test period
 and/or training period to attain required motor vehicle licenses
 commensurate with the class and types of vehicles to be operated.

      Candidates may be required during the one year training
 period to attend college level and/or other courses, paid by 
 the Appointing Authority, in Criminal Justice, Psychology, or 
 other related field of study.

      Selected eligible candidates shall meet the qualifications
 for juvenile corrections officers and shall be employed as
 juvenile corrections officers pursuant to section 6 of P.L. 1995,
 c. 284 (N.J.S.A. 52:17B-174).

 KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

 Ability to exercise powers and rights of a law enforcement
 officer after a period of training.

 Ability to ensure security, safety, care, usage, and integrity 
 of firearms and other restraints and defense equipment.

 Ability to interpret problems likely to be encountered in a
 working environment involving the social rehabilitation, 
 care, well-being, and custody of juvenile offenders detained
 and deprived of specified freedoms throughout a custodial 
 supervision period of confinement.

 Ability to utilize proper assertiveness techniques and methods
 appropriate in a confined work environment with persons of
 varying ethnic and language backgrounds, education, abilities,
 economic levels, and personalities.

 Ability to recognize potentially dangerous and hazardous
 situations involving juvenile offenders, to evaluate available
 options, and to determine appropriate procedures and exercise
 of independent judgment in handling these circumstances after
 a period of training.

 Ability to utilize methods and techniques for performing
 investigations of recorded  juvenile offenders'  inappropriate
 actions and violations to stipulated rules and regulations after
 a period of training.

 Ability to communicate with juvenile offenders to foster 
 self-assurance attitudes and self esteem for themselves 
 and toward others after a period of training.

 Ability to utilize surveillance methods and procedures after
 a period of training.

 Ability to utilize administrative procedures for reporting
 incidents and violations to defined directives after a period
 of training.

 Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships
 with juvenile offenders, their family members, coworkers,
 and superiors after a period of training.

 Ability to learn to utilize electronic communications equipment
 and database software in the performance of assigned duties.

 Ability to utilize appropriate techniques to gain confidence 
 of juvenile offenders, to instill mutual respect of others, and
 provide direction with their personal development and emotional
 stability during their period of incarceration after a period of
 training.

 Ability to utilize  varying levels of supervision of  juvenile
 offenders and to recommend sanctions and/or loss of
 privileges when necessary.

 Ability to learn military style training and regimented activities.

 Ability to conduct and lead rigorous physical fitness activities
 after a period of training.

 Ability to participate and lead calisthenics, exercises, and
 close order drill activities.

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

 Ability to interpret what types of circumstances and events that
 may be encountered in closely following prescribed rules and
 regulations.

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

 Ability to interpret, remember, follow through and carry out oral
 and written directions and to learn oral and written explanations
 from  classes  and  demonstrations as  they  apply  to  custodial
 responsibilities.

 Ability  to learn to recognize specific occurrences and differing
 instances  learned  in  classes and workshop  demonstrations  for
 comprehending  and  utilizing essential facts  and  data  gleaned
 useful  for  everyday custody work in an institution or  facility
 housing juvenile offenders.

 Ability  to recognize suspicious persons and/or events  and  take
 suitable  action  and  reporting requirements  to  supervisor  or
 training officer in a very timely manner.

 Ability  to analyze custodial problems, organize assigned  duties
 and develop effective work methods.

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

 Ability to follow instructions and render to others, clear,
 accurate, and explicit directions to follow.

 Ability to learn how to utilize 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.

 Ability to prepare detailed correspondence, reports, and
 communications on custody issues and problems and  
 other program issues.

 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 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.

 ADVANCEMENT

 Appointees who successfully complete the required working
 test period in addition to the twelve (12) month training period,
 including the Police Training Commission and agency training
 requirements will be eligible for advancement to the title 
 Senior Correction Officer, Juvenile Justice under Civil Service
 Commission procedures.

 The inability of an appointee in this title to attain the level of
 performance warranting advancement to the title listed above
 shall be considered as cause for separation from employment.

 
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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.

7/14/2012