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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; performs 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 to check for unusual or abnormal activity and ensure the 
security, safety and welfare of inmates, facility personnel and the public.

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.

Continually keeps track of the number of assigned inmates through 
periodic head counts.

Physically patrols and visually inspects cell block areas, tiers, grounds 
and corridors to check for safety and security hazards such as fires, 
smoke, broken pipes, unlocked doors and windows or locks that have 
been tampered with.

Logs and tracks movements of inmates to the infirmary, work detail, 
cell block area, visitation rooms, court appointments or other assignments.

Records facility personnelís entrance and exit times.

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 and 
maintain security.

Learns names, identification numbers and faces of problem inmates.

Briefs oncoming officer(s) of 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 accordance with established policies, regulations 
and procedures.

Directs inmates in routine housekeeping duties within the cell block area.

Completes head counts, records bedding inventory and fills out safety 
report forms.

Prepares written reports concerning incidents of inmate disturbances 
and/or injuries.

May screen visitors and provide security for the entrance of the facility.

Conducts cell and dormitory searches in accordance with established 
policies, regulations and procedures.

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 directs inmates during procedures.

May operate emergency vehicles as directed.

Periodically checks to ensure that fire suppressant systems are 

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 photograph and/or collect evidence for investigative purposes within
correctional facility or institution.

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

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

May perform programmatic services such as providing inmates access 
to educational programs, law library, entry programs and other services 
available during and after incarceration for rehabilitation needs.

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 ongoing training for current employees.

May conduct tours and information sessions of the correctional facility.

May supervise inmates and 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 how 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 driverís license valid in New Jersey.

NOTE:  Appointees may be required to possess a valid Commercial Driverís 
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 the operate, rests with the Appointing Authority.


Must be a citizen of the United States.

NOTE:  Applicants for this position must submit acceptable proof of meeting 
the above indicated requirements.


Appointees must have successfully completed a police training course 
approved by the New Jersey Police Training Commission. 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.


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. 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 training.

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 directions.

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

Ability to exercise sound judgement 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 learn how to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual 
recording and information systems used by the agency, office or related 

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 if they can perform 
the 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 

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 EnglishLC 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.