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Job Specification



Under supervision during an assigned tour of duty within an adult county 
correctional facility, or institution, performs a wide variety of tasks in 
support of the safety, security and welfare of inmates, facility personnel 
and visitors; does other 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.

NOTE:  Appointments may be made to positions requiring bilingual skills.

01403@ - Bilingual in Spanish and English
Applicants must be able to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate 
in Spanish and English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.


Maintains care, custody and control of inmates in accordance with 
established policies, rules, regulations and procedures.   

Observes inmates directly and indirectly through visual, audio and video 
monitoring, checking for unusual or abnormal activity, to ensure the security, 
safety, and welfare of inmates, facility personnel and the public; reports 
observations to a superior.    

Observes unusual odors such as smoke, fire, marijuana, controlled 
substances and/or alcohol, to protect the security, safety, and welfare 
of inmates and facility personnel.  

Keeps continual track of the number of inmates in his/her immediate 
charge, through periodic head counts. 

Physically patrols and visually inspects cell block areas, tiers, grounds, and 
corridors to check for safety/security hazards, such as fires, smoke, broken 
pipes, unlocked doors, and windows/locks that have been tampered with, to 
protect the security, safety, and welfare of inmates and the facility/institution.

Records in log book all movements of inmates to the infirmary, work detail, 
cell block area, visitation rooms, court appointments or other assignments, 
to track inmate whereabouts at all times.

Records the entering and leaving of posts by personnel. 

Escorts groups of inmates during movements within or outside the
 institution to prevent disorder or breaches in security.

Physically restrains inmates when necessary, to prevent injuries to staff 
and other inmates and to maintain security.

Learns names and identification numbers and recognizes faces of 
problem inmates, by observing and receiving information from other 
officers, so that such persons can be closely observed.

Briefs oncoming officer on inmate status, unusual activities, block climate, 
and problems related to post assignment.

Enforces security procedures for keys, equipment, and supplies.  

Maintains an adept sense of awareness regarding clues on escape 
attempts, contraband, gambling, or other security matters; reports 
information in accord with established policies, regulations, and 

Directs inmates in the routine housekeeping duties in the cell block area
to maintain sanitary conditions in the resident areas.

Completes short forms such as head counts, bedding inventory, and safety 
reports, to provide routine information.

May prepare written reports concerning incidents of inmate disturbances 
or injuries.

May provide security for the entrance of jail or institution to screen visitors. 

Searches inmates’ cells/dormitories in accord with established 
policies/regulations/procedures to find contraband articles.

Utilizes various electronic and/or manual locking devices designed to 
keep areas of facility secure.

Patrols the outside perimeter of the facility.

Transports or may assist with the transport of inmates to and from other 
facilities, court appearances, off-premise medical appointments, 
emergency medical treatment facilities, and court issued programs and 

Assists in coordinating jail-to-courtroom video monitored court proceedings, 
observes, controls, and gives direction to inmates during procedures.

May operate emergency vehicles as directed.

Periodically checks to ensure that fire suppressant systems are operational.

Collects contraband introduced into facility and conducts further investigation 
to ascertain the source of such.

Secures crime or emergency scenes within and/or upon the grounds of 
the correctional facility.

May assist with investigations and/or the exchange of information between
federal, state, county, and/or municipal authorities by receiving, transmitting, 
and preparing records and reports.

May participate in intelligence gathering, using a variety of communication 
techniques, equipment, and/or informants to investigate criminal activities 
within the correctional facility.

May be involved with the taking of photographs and/or collection of evidence 
for investigative purposes within correctional facility or institution.

May assist in the activities involved in classifying inmates and coordinating
inmate records.

May receive inmate into custody, conduct searches, and make initial 
assessment of inmate for health, safety, and security reasons.  

May perform the duties of program services, including providing inmates 
access to educational programs, law library, entry programs, and other 
services available to inmates during and after incarceration for rehabilitation 

Monitors incoming and outgoing mail, per established guidelines.  

May oversee the work of inmates assigned to food service, housekeeping 
and/or laundry duties.

May maintain, record, and distribute supplies as necessary. 

May assist in the development and delivery of basic agency training for 
newly appointed employees and in ongoing training for current employees. 

May conduct tours of the correctional facility and/or conduct informational 
sessions to familiarize the community with pertinent corrections or law 
enforcement matters.

May supervise inmates/offenders sentenced to court ordered programs 
or services, as directed and/or authorized by the County. 

May take part in a specialized unit (Emergency Services) requiring 
additional training and/or certification, such as, SWAT, SORT/SOG 
(Special Operations Group), Bomb Squad, HAZMAT, K-9, MART 
(Mass Arrest Response Team) or Hostage/ Crisis Negotiation Team. 

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.


High School Diploma or equivalent.


Minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.


Appointees must possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey.  

NOTE:  Appointees may be required to possess a valid Commercial 
Driver's License (CDL) and applicable endorsements for the class 
and type of vehicle being operated.  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.


Must be a citizen of the United States.

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


Appointees will be required to successfully complete an accredited 
training program mandated by the New Jersey Police Training 
Commission within 18 months of appointment.  Such training includes 
successful attainment of a satisfactory level of proficiency in the use 
of firearms.

NOTE:  Appointees will be required to qualify/requalify in the use of 
firearms in accordance with State of New Jersey regulatory requirements.

NOTE:  Appointees to positions in SWAT, SERT or related units must 
additionally qualify quarterly in the use of all weapons used by the unit.


As a prerequisite for appointment, appointees may be required to pass 
a thorough medical and psychological examination administered by the 
appointing authority. Any medical, psychological or physical condition 
or defect which would prevent efficient performance of the duties of the 
position, cause the appointee to be a hazard to self or others, or become 
aggravated as a result of performance of these duties, will be cause for 
rejection. Appointees may be required to undergo a psychiatric examination 
prior to appointment. Failure to demonstrate sufficient capacity to perform 
duties of this position may be cause for rejection.


Knowledge of the rules and regulations relating to the operation and 
security of an adult correctional facility institution, after a period of 

Ability to enforce facility rules and keep order.  

Ability to think and respond quickly in emergency situations.  

Ability to cope with crisis situations.
Ability to understand, and follow orders and written direction.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships 
with inmates, coworkers and the general public.

Ability to exercise sound judgment in a wide array of situations.  

Ability to prepare clear, sound, accurate, and informative reports 
containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.

Ability to maintain essential records and files.

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 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 the 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 

This job specification is applicable to the following title code(s) which
are different work week or work month and/or variants of the job class title:
Local or
Class of
01400LC N/A12-
01403@Bilingual In Spanish And EnlgishLC N/A12-

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