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Job Specification



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.


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 
programming initiatives.

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, 
and procedures.

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 
hazardous situations.

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.

Prepares reports.

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 
indicated requirements.

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 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 
the law.

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 
emergency procedures.

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 
program issues.

Ability to gather, collect, maintain, collate, and interpret 
statistical information.

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:
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.