SENIOR CORRECTIONAL POLICE OFFICER, JUVENILE JUSTICE COMMISSION
Under the general supervision of a Correctional Police Sergeant
or other supervisory official in the Juvenile Justice Commission,
assumes responsibility for, and is in charge of, appropriate care,
well-being, security, and custody of convicted juvenile offenders
assigned to various institutions, facilities, and boot camps throughout
the State; utilizes a balanced approach of supervision and instruction
to encourage juvenile offenders' self-involvement and personal
esteem to participate in rehabilitation/educational programs; interacts
with law enforcement agencies in the search, apprehension, and
arrest of escaped juvenile offenders from custody; does other custody
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.
Enforces the rules, regulations, policies, directives, practices,
operational methods, procedures, and processes related to juvenile
correctional institutions, facilities, boot camps, and satellite locations.
Conducts and leads military style training and regimented activities
associated with close order drill, physical fitness conditioning, and
training requirements for juvenile offenders.
Reinforces program objectives developed for the social and emotional
habilitation initiatives of juvenile offenders.
Participates in programs to assist juvenile offenders in gaining access
to privileges and specialized programs.
Attends demonstrations and training courses on the proper methods
of utilizing available institution equipment, accessories, and
As member of an assigned group, attends formal training/classes for
instruction of specialized program awareness needs addressing the
practices, principles, and procedures designed to implement custody
directives and correctional methods utilized in juvenile institutions,
facilities, and boot camps.
Performs military style inspections of juvenile offenders' clothing
attire, living quarters, and hygiene practices on a regular daily basis.
Supervises the well-being, care, inspection, and maintenance of
juvenile offenders' living quarters to ensure that a safe, clean, and
secure environment exists.
Performs regular patrolling and surveillance activities of assigned
areas, grounds, buildings, and living quarters, and renders regular
periodic reports via telephone or electronic communications of the
whereabouts of all assigned juvenile offenders.
Interacts and directs juvenile offenders in the development of
acceptable conduct/behavior in accordance with established
directives and assertive mannerisms to prevent disturbances
and attempted escapes from custody.
Reports violations and discrepancies of a facility's rules and
regulations to superiors; issues disciplinary charges to juvenile
offenders that violate stated rules, regulations, directives, policies,
Oversees and maintains appropriate discipline in living quarters,
recreation areas, grounds, school classrooms, hospitals, theaters,
churches, eateries, trade shops, and other areas and places where
juvenile offenders gather in groups.
Conducts searches and surveillance activities to identify and
prevent stated contraband and unauthorized articles from
entering the facility's grounds, buildings, and living quarters.
Conducts regular periodic inspections and denotes conditions of
living quarters, secured areas, door and window locks, and other
restricted areas of the facility and surrounding grounds.
Escorts juvenile offenders to and from living quarters to various
areas of the facility and other authorized locations.
Notifies superiors immediately of differing or suspicious actions
displayed by juvenile offenders or visual contact of suspicious
persons/conditions that warrant review and/or investigation;
notes changing conditions to determine possible dangerous or
Drives and escorts juvenile offenders to job/training sites which are
off grounds, and to courts of law and other formal proceedings.
Transports juvenile offenders to and from other jurisdictions and
facilities, as required.
Engages in searches and apprehension of escaped juvenile
When assigned to a medical area of treatment, assists civilian
employees in the performance of their duties.
When assigned to boot and/or institution camps and other outside
assigned details, is responsible for the safety, security, well- being,
and custody of juvenile offenders under said charge.
Maintains records and files.
Attends training classes and seminars in preparation of specialized
and/or specific programming requirements to record for report
Performs various types of investigations and prepares detailed
reports reflecting determined findings.
Adheres to the facility's procedures for monitoring enforcement
programs and ensures juvenile offenders' rights are not violated.
Prepares program incident reports of recorded juvenile offenders'
violations to stated rules and regulations and the investigation
process required to complete reports thereon.
Composes memoranda and other communications and statistical
reports related to custody responsibilities and program activities.
May be required to testify as a witness for the State before formal
hearings, Grand Juries, Courts of Law, administrative hearings, or
other judicial bodies.
Recognizes and rapidly evaluates potentially dangerous and
hazardous situations involving juvenile offenders' safety and
well-being; exercises caution and good judgment in identifying
these circumstances quickly to avoid personal injury or to prevent
endangerment to the general public, serious personal injury to
juvenile offenders, and/or property damage.
Interacts with juvenile offenders' parents and/or guardians,
coworkers, superiors, and other assigned employees to
develop and maintain desired team leadership initiatives of
positive reinforced values, incentives, and sanctions to
address each juvenile's assessment needs, treatment, and
educational requirements the facility can offer for rehabilitation
objectives and goal attainment.
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.
One (1) year of experience in the supervision, care, and custody
of convicted juvenile and/or adult offenders assigned to a
correctional institution, facility, and/or boot camp.
Appointees must 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
Minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.
Must be a United States' citizen at time of appointment.
NOTE: At time of appointment, eligible candidates for this
position must submit acceptable proof of meeting the above
NOTE: Appointees must have successfully completed the
NJ Police Training Commission and agency training course
standards for custody, supervision, investigations, and related
law enforcement requirements. Appointees shall be required
to qualify in the use of firearms on a semi-annual basis.
NOTE: Appointees will be required to have successfully completed
all aspects of the one (1) year training program and have met all
of the stated requirements of a Correctional Police Officer,
Juvenile Justice Commission to be an eligible candidate for
appointment to the Senior Correctional Police Officer, Juvenile
Justice Commission title. Selected eligible candidates shall meet
the qualifications for juvenile correctional police officers and shall
be employed as juvenile correctional police officers pursuant to
section 6 of P.L. 1995, c. 284 (N.J.S.A. 52:17B-174).
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of the care, usage, security, and integrity of firearms
and other restraints and defense equipment.
Knowledge of the electronic communications equipment and
database software utilized in the performance of assigned duties.
Knowledge of surveillance methods and procedures.
Knowledge of the administrative procedures for reporting
violations to applicable rules, regulations, policies, and program
Knowledge of the methods and techniques for performing
investigations of recorded juvenile offenders' inappropriate
actions and violations to stipulated rules and regulations.
Ability to act as a peace officer at all times for the detection,
apprehension, arrest, and conviction of offenders against
Ability to interpret problems/circumstances likely to be encountered
in a working environment involving the social rehabilitation, care,
well-being, and custody of juvenile offenders detained and deprived
of specific freedoms throughout a custodial supervision period of
Ability to perform assertiveness techniques utilized in a confined
work environment with persons of varying ethnic and language
backgrounds, education, abilities, economic levels, and personalities.
Ability to recognize and identify potentially dangerous and hazardous
situations involving juvenile offenders, evaluate available options, and
exercise independent judgment in handling these circumstances.
Ability to communicate with juvenile offenders to foster self-assurance
attitudes and esteem for themselves and toward others.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with
juvenile offenders, their family members, coworkers, and superiors.
Ability to adhere to aspects and techniques of positive reinforcement
methods to gain confidence and respect of juvenile offenders to assist
and provide direction with their personal development and emotional
stability during their period of incarceration.
Ability to utilize varying levels of supervision over juvenile offenders
and to recommend and enforce sanctions and/or loss of privileges.
Ability to lead military style training and regimented activities.
Ability to lead and conduct rigorous physical fitness activities,
calisthenics, exercises, and close order drill activities.
Ability to perform military style inspections of living areas and
quarters, proper clothing/uniform attire, appropriate self- hygiene
habits, safety issues, and liabilities of juvenile offenders.
Ability to apply the principles and practices of commission directives
as they apply to custody related juvenile delinquency problems and
Ability to interpret, remember, and carry out oral and written
directions and to learn from oral and written explanations from
classes and demonstrations as they apply to custodial responsibilities.
Ability to utilize firefighting equipment and adhere to stipulated
Ability to recognize specific occurrences and differing instances
learned in classes and workshop demonstrations gleaned useful
for specialized custody work and programming initiatives in an
institution or facility housing juvenile offenders.
Ability to recognize suspicious persons and/or events by taking
suitable action and reporting requirements to the supervisor in
a very timely manner.
Ability to address and analyze custodial problems, organize
assigned duties, and develop effective work methods.
Ability to perform repetitive work assignments without loss of
equanimity, patience, or courtesy, and to remain calm and
decisive in emergency situations.
Ability to follow instructions and render to others clear, accurate,
and explicit directions to follow.
Ability to utilize and instruct others in use of electronic communications,
computer information systems, other types of recording equipment,
devices, and manual recordings used by the agency, institutions,
facilities, satellite locations, and other related units.
Ability to prepare detailed correspondence, reports, and
communications on custody issues and problems and other
Ability to gather, collect, maintain, collate, and interpret
Ability to make decisions and determine when circumstances
should be referred to superiors for appropriate action.
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, 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 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.