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Job Specification



Under the general supervision of a Correctional Police Major or other 
supervisory official in the Department of Corrections during an assigned 
tour of duty, has charge of the custodial work programs at an institution 
or in a designated building or area; 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.

Prepares schedules for senior correctional police officers and 
correctional police sergeants, gives instructions, and supervises 
their work; takes roll call each morning and ensures proper post 

Takes an active part in rehabilitation programs, assists in inmate 
counseling, and is a member of the S.E.T. team.

Testifies at inmate disciplinary hearings and court hearings involving 
inmate, staff, or visitor misconduct.

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.

Participates and instructs institutional training programs involving 
custody and non-custody staff.

Serves as member of the adjustment and classification committees.

At the Correctional Police Officer’s Training Academy, organizes 
training courses in prison administration and supervises the 
establishment of training programs, assignment of quarters, 
equipment, instructors, and use of protective equipment.

Supervises the daily counts of inmates and supervises searches 
for any missing inmates.

Takes complaints by inmates or correctional police officers, 
conducts investigations, and prepares reports with recommendations 
for remedial action.  

Prepares reports in cases of employee absence or misconduct, 
and ensures that all posts are covered; notes all unusual occurrences, 
suspicious persons or behavior, and significant conditions on the 
blotters or daily report sheets and takes appropriate action.

Ensures notification of the medical staff regarding inmates who 
require immediate medical attention.

Supervises the work of the main central point and sees that officers 
and visitors do not leave or enter the center without proper authority.

Develops custody schedules to ensure adequate levels of staffing 
on all shifts; supervises the scheduling of overtime and vacation 
scheduling.  In this capacity, assists in the supervision of an 
institutional computer program designed to facilitate this process.

Reviews all incident reports of major disciplinary actions; assigns 
individuals to investigate and makes recommendations regarding 

Interviews and screens applicants for correctional police officer 
positions; makes recommendations regarding appointment.

Ensures that contraband and confiscated items are properly 
receipted and stored, or properly discarded; ensures that items 
to be held for investigations are secured.

Oversees an institutional program to provide firearms qualifications 
and annual requalification of all custody staff in accordance with 
policy and regulations of the State Police Commission on Firearm 

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.

As required, has designated responsibility for the operation of 
the entire custody operation, especially on third shift and during 

Assists in developing, implementing, monitoring, and coordinating 
a response to institutional emergency plans utilized in case of fire, 
disturbance, attempted escapes, and natural disasters.

In cases of escape, supervises the deployment of officers and 
serves as the outside area supervisor; coordinates the entire 
outside perimeter operation, including liaison with local and 
state law enforcement officers.

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.


Four (4) years of experience in the care and custody of inmates 
in a correctional institution, one (1) year of which shall have been 
in a supervisory capacity.

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 and rules pertaining to the operation of 
prisons and correctional institutions.

Knowledge of the procedures used in supervising the custody 
of inmates.

Knowledge of approved use of force, chemical mace, firefighting 
equipment, and other emergency equipment and firearms.

Knowledge of the principles of criminal justice and their application 
to inmate custody and correction.

Knowledge of institutional emergency plans.

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 due process laws, with basic knowledge of 2C 
laws and court procedures used in testifying at trials and in 
exercising arrest powers.

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 interpret the laws and rules governing correctional work, 
and the standards of the Department of Corrections.

Ability to organize work and develop effective work methods.

Ability to understand the problems of inmates.

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 determine the ability of those receiving training and 
prepare recommendations for work on the basis of abilities.
Ability to develop and implement courses of study in the 
institution for correctional police officers which shall include
the care, custody, and rehabilitation of an inmate population.

Ability to develop and monitor a program for firearms qualifications.

Ability to work effectively with others.

Ability to maintain discipline among correctional police officers, 
employees, inmates, and visitors.

Ability to remain calm and decisive in emergencies and to follow 
procedures and rules.

Ability to supervise the maintenance of 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, 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.