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Job Specification



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.


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 
general population.

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 
(PAR) ratings.

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 
community activities.

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 
New Jersey.

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 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 
and files.

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 
at trials.

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 
work methods.

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 
prescribed procedures.

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:
Local or
Class of

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.