CORRECTIONAL POLICE SERGEANT
Under the general supervision of a Correctional Police Lieutenant
or other supervisory official in the Department of Corrections, assists
in the supervision of the custody work program of an institution, in a
designated building or area; acts in the place of a Correctional Police
Lieutenant as assigned; 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.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Exercises full police powers and acts as a peace officer at all times
for the detection, apprehension, arrest, and conviction of offenders
against the law.
Supervises the work involved in the performance of assigned tasks,
in accordance with established policies, regulations, and procedures.
Cooperates with members of the treatment staff in supporting and
maintaining rehabilitation programs. Takes an active part in such
rehabilitation programs as inmate counseling and supportive S.E.T.
During a tour of duty, relays orders and other communications to the
correctional police officers and civilian staff.
Supervises the work operations and/or functional programs and
has responsibility for employee evaluations, and for effectively
recommending the hiring, firing, promoting, demoting, and/or
disciplining of employees.
Responsible for the blotter or daily work report sheets, including
noting the various correctional police officer assignments and
unusual occurrences/significant conditions.
During a tour of duty, has a leading part in supervising the work of
the institution, including the behavior of inmates and correctional
police officers, civilian employees, and visitors.
Supervises the work of the main control point and sees that
correctional police officers, inmates, and visitors do not leave
or enter the institution without the proper authority.
Responsible for overseeing contact visits between visitors and
inmates; ensures that all visitors have proper identification and
have been approved to visit within the institution; ensures that
all visitors entering the institution are not carrying any contraband,
and if so, ensures that all reports are filed; has the responsibility
for contacting and completing incident reports for the proper
authorities, including police reports when the arrest of a visitor is
Oversees all areas of the mail and package program within the
institution; ensures that all mail received in the institution is
distributed in accordance with federal rules and regulations.
As assigned, is responsible for the operation of an institutional
computer program utilized to develop and monitor officer
scheduling by shift, overtime lists, vacation schedules, and
training and attendance records.
Responsible for the recording and marking of all incoming
personal property of inmates that is received by mail at the
institution; oversees the distribution of this personal property.
Responsible for the counts of inmates and searches to be made
for missing inmates.
Maintains order in the building and on the grounds of the institution.
Notes suspicious persons and behavior and takes appropriate
action; notes and reports dangers and hazards and takes steps
to correct such conditions to ensure order.
Maintains good order and the discipline in specified areas of the
During a tour of duty, is responsible for such areas as the
vocational shops, dining halls, indoor, and outdoor recreation,
and inmates housing units.
Responsible for all institution search teams and ensures that
correctional police officers complete proper forms for the seizure
of contraband resulting from these searches.
During a tour of duty, investigates charges of inmate misconduct;
ensures that all witnesses are interviewed and statements from the
witnesses are recorded; sees that all charges after being investigated
are sent to the Adjustment Committee for adjudication.
During some investigations, completes pre-hearing detention forms
and separates inmates who are a threat to the institution from the
Responsible for preparing daily work schedules for correctional
police officers, ensuring that all post assignments are covered;
gives correctional police officers instructions at time of reporting
and supervises their work.
During a tour of duty, completes roll call of officers of the institution
and assigns them to their posts; provides special instruction for work
During a tour of duty, oversees the return of all keys (maximum,
minimum, and non-security keys) used by the various correctional
police officers and civilian staff in the institution.
Notifies the medical staff of inmates who require immediate medical
attention, and ensures that all inmates who have been injured or
sick report to the hospital for medical treatment.
Ensures that incident reports are submitted to the proper authority
when an inmate's behavior pattern indicates that he may attempt to
harm himself or others.
Investigates complaints made by inmates or correctional police
officers and prepares reports with recommendations for remedial
Makes reports in cases of absence or misconduct of employees.
Files reports on correctional police officers under supervision,
probationary reports on correctional police officers, and the
correctional police officer Performance Assessment Review
Provides counseling to subordinate correctional police officers in
areas where assistance may be needed.
As a member of a group, attends formal classes and receives
instructions in the principles, practices, and terminology of the
modern correction and penology methods.
Oversees the operation of outside full minimum facility.
Ensures that all inmates assigned to satellite units abide by the
rules and regulations that govern such units.
Supervises the programs that operate from the unit, such as
work release, school programs outside of the unit, and all
Oversees institutional training in the use of all security equipment
that will be used in the performance of duties related to the
correctional police officer.
At an institution and at the Correctional Police Officer Training
Academy, is responsible for training all custody staff in the proper
and safe use of firearms that are used in the daily performance of
At an institutional firearms range, develops and supervises a
program to provide firearms qualification and annual re-qualification
of all custody staff for both on-duty weapons in accordance with
policy and regulations of the State Police Commission on Firearms
Carries a firearm and other restraint/defense equipment while
performing duties or off-duty; is responsible for the care, use,
and security of firearms and equipment.
At the Department Training Center, organizes training courses
in prison administration and supervises the establishment of
institution training programs; schedules training of probationary
correctional police officers, including obtaining suitable quarters
and equipment, instructors, and instruction in the care, housing,
custody, and rehabilitation of inmates and the use of protective
Will be required 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 care and custody of inmates
in a correctional institution.
NOTE: Appointees to this position shall be required to qualify
in the use of firearms on an annual basis.
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in
NOTE: 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.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and
procedures relating to the operation of a penal or correctional institution.
Knowledge of the procedures used in supervising the custody of
Knowledge of how to maintain discipline among the officers, employees,
inmates, and visitors, and methods used in preventing unauthorized
persons from entering and leaving restricted areas.
Knowledge of the problems involved in the social rehabilitation, care,
and custody of varied types of persons deprived of their liberty.
Knowledge of the problems involved in assimilating factual material
of a technical nature and in compiling and utilizing essential facts
presented in demonstrations and/or lecture.
Knowledge of approved use of force, chemical mace, firefighting
equipment, and other emergency equipment and firearms.
Knowledge of the procedures used in maintaining extensive records
Knowledge of the principles of criminal justice and their applications
to inmate custody and correction.
Ability to exercise full police powers and act as a peace officer at all
times for the detection, apprehension, arrest, and conviction of
offenders against the law.
Ability to carry a weapon while on duty.
Ability to acquire knowledge of due process laws with some
knowledge of 2C laws and court procedures used in testifying
Ability to develop proper work procedures and give appropriate
assignments and instructions to correctional police officers, and
supervise the performance of their work.
Ability to understand, remember, and carry out oral and written
directions, and to learn quickly from oral and written explanations
and from demonstrations.
Ability to organize assigned custodial work and develop effective
Ability to work effectively with superiors, associates, subordinates,
and visitors and groups engaged in or interested in work concerning
the problems of persons deprived of their liberty.
Ability to give clear and explicit directions, and to follow loosely
Ability to perform repetitive work without loss of equanimity,
patience, or courtesy, to remain calm and decisive in emergency
situations, and to retain emotional stability.
Ability to prepare clear, sound, accurate, and informative reports
of significant conditions and actions taken.
Ability to keep accurate and extensive records.
Ability to successfully complete special firearms instructor courses
such as Smith & Wesson and Federal Bureau of Investigation
Academy Methods of Instruction for Firearms.
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, or 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 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.
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
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.