CORRECTIONAL POLICE MAJOR
Under the direction of an Administrator or Associate Administrator,
Prison Complex or higher level supervisor in the Department of
Corrections, provides oversight for custody programs and operations,
functions as a higher level manager in the custody work force chain
of command providing oversight of subordinate custody employees,
and ensures the care, custody, and maintenance of discipline among
inmates at all levels of incarceration residing at various site locations;
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 the 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.
Manages the custody work force chain of command and oversees
Organizes supervisory custodial work and develops effective work
Ensures the observance of laws and regulations by inmates,
custody staff, civilian employees, and visitors.
Where appropriate, oversees non-criminal facility investigations
of violations of rules and regulations by custody staff members or
inmates and recommends and/or initiates appropriate action.
Reviews pertinent criminal intelligence regarding institutional
security and ensures appropriate action.
Conducts grievance hearings with labor organizations and/or
individuals who have submitted contractual and non-contractual
grievances. May be required to represent management at
Oversees the preparation of staff schedules, including the
assignment of officers to posts and shifts, the scheduling of
overtime, and vacation scheduling. Evaluates the need for
overtime and implements procedures for eliminating unnecessary
Develops or supervises the development of training programs for
all custody personnel.
Responds to attempted or actual escapes, enforces escape plans,
and submits comprehensive reports of circumstances to the
appropriate administrator and/or director.
Plans, organizes, and assigns the work of the organizational unit
and evaluates employee performance and conduct, enabling the
effective hiring, promotion, termination, and/or disciplining of
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.
Responsible for the operations of custodial staff and the briefing
of shift lieutenants regarding proper performance of essential
Serves as a member of the various Classification Committees
and utilizes inmate classification material to make judgments
regarding the degree of custody required for an individual inmate
to prevent disturbances and escapes.
Oversees the access to services for the inmate population,
including but not limited to education, social services, drug
Ensures appropriate access to health services for the inmate
Evaluates the fiscal needs of the custody unit, submits requests
for budget appropriations, attempts to operate within fiscal restraints,
and justifies cost overruns.
Ensures that all emergencies and unusual incidents are reported
and responded to following the protocols established by the department;
ensures appropriate escape procedures are implemented and enforced;
submits/provides comprehensive reports of escapes and other emergent
situations and ensures they are reported through the chain of command.
May operate the Central Operations Desk as the centralized contact
person where all statewide facilities report incidents and occurrences;
records, screens, and processes information, and makes notifications
to the appropriate authorities.
Evaluates incidents that seriously affect the normal operations of the
facility or any other activity that would result in a significant negative
impact on the facility and initiates action as dictated by departmental
May serve as a regional supervisor for more than one correctional
facility, conducting audits of custody programs and serving as a liaison
between the Central Office Administration and the correctional facilities.
Prepares complex, technically sound, accurate, and informative reports,
documents and correspondence. Using various forums and techniques,
effectively communicates the mission and goals of the department,
both verbally and in writing.
Will be required to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual
recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or
Possession of a High School diploma or its equivalent.
Six (6) years of experience in the care and custody of inmates in a
correctional institution, three (3) years 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
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 theory, principles, and practices of modern
law enforcement and those relevant to the security, care, and
rehabilitation of criminal offenders.
Knowledge of custodial care procedures in a correctional setting
and the issues related to managing and maintaining a secure,
safe, and orderly correctional facility.
Knowledge of the methods of resource allocation and reallocation.
Knowledge of the care, use, and security of firearms and other
Knowledge of the techniques necessary to conduct investigations.
Knowledge of the methods used in supervising the custody,
rehabilitation, protection, housing, feeding, work, and discipline
of inmates to assist them toward social rehabilitation.
Ability to carry a weapon while on duty.
Ability to formulate and communicate program goals and objectives
in a manner that will encourage staff cooperation to achieve these
program goals and objectives.
Ability to read and interpret information on the standards, policies,
objectives, regulations, and procedures established by the
Department of Corrections for the conduct of correctional
institutions and to apply them to specific situations.
Ability to read and interpret information on the New Jersey 2C
criminal code and apply it to the use of lethal and nonlethal force
in the custody of social offenders.
Ability to assign and instruct the work of subordinate employees
and supervise their work and performance.
Ability to develop and maintain adequate staffing standards.
Ability to supervise and conduct investigations and inspections.
Ability to develop and execute the necessary plans to contend
with emergencies and other crisis situations, and to remain calm
and decisive in those situations.
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 be proficient in the care, use and security of firearms and
other restraint/defense equipment.
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
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.