CORRECTIONAL POLICE SERGEANT, JUVENILE JUSTICE COMMISSION
Under the general direction of a Correctional Police Lieutenant
or other supervisory official in the Juvenile Justice Commission,
assists superiors in the supervision and delivery of custody work
programs and with the responsibility for overseeing convicted
juvenile offenders assigned to various institutions and facilities
throughout the State; functions as a Training Officer and/or first
level supervisor over correctional police officers of lesser grade;
does other administrative and 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.
Supervises the work involved in the performance of assigned
custody programs and related activities in accordance with
established laws, rules, regulations, policies, directives,
practices, and procedures governing juvenile correctional
institutions, facilities, boot camps, and satellite locations.
Interacts with various medical, professional, and support
services personnel in providing and maintaining rehabilitation
and educational programs for juvenile offenders.
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 with lesser grade correctional
police officers, which were developed for the social and
emotional habilitation initiative of juvenile offenders.
Completes administrative and daily assignment worksheets
for correctional police officers and records information into
daily logs and notes unusual occurrences or events of the shift.
During a tour of duty, relays orders and other communications
to lesser grade correctional police officers and civilian staff.
During a tour of duty, functions as lead officer in supervising
work programs of the facility including behavior of juvenile
offenders, lesser grade correctional police officers, civilian
employees, and visitors.
Supervises work responsibilities in the main control center,
and observes and oversees the movement of varying levels
of correctional police officers, civilian employees, visitors,
and escorted juvenile offenders as they enter and leave the
institution, facility buildings, and grounds as appropriately
Ensures all visitors have proper identification and appropriate
reason for being on grounds; conducts searches and oversees
surveillance activities to identify and prevent contraband and
unauthorized articles from entering the facility’s grounds,
buildings, and living quarters.
Ensures that reports are completed, recorded, and filed when
a person is identified attempting to introduce contraband into
an institution or facility as a visitor; contacts proper authorities
when the arrest of a visitor is necessary, and completes required
reports and denotes incident in reporting logs and daily work sheets.
Utilizes and accesses the institution or facility computer information
system to develop and monitor correctional police officers’
scheduling by shift, available overtime listings, rosters, approved
vacation days and scheduled sick hours/days, training schedules,
and attendance records.
Supervises the recording of incoming mail and packages, and
marking of received personal property and items for juvenile
offenders’ usage, which is authorized to be maintained at an
institution or facility.
Supervises and reviews the shift and daily counts of juvenile
offenders and searches to be made for missing juveniles.
Oversees the maintenance of order in assigned areas, buildings,
and school classrooms on the grounds of the institution or facility,
and other designated locations.
Responds to reports of suspicious persons, dangerous or
hazardous situations, or disturbances by juvenile offenders;
takes appropriate action, and redeploys correctional police
officers as necessary to ensure conditions are corrected and
order is resumed.
During a tour of duty, conducts regular periodic inspections of
various areas, buildings, grounds, and living quarters of an
institution or facility.
Leads institution or facility search teams, ensures that lesser
grade correctional police officers adhere to authorized search
and surveillance procedures, and completes proper forms for
the seizure of contraband as a result of conducted searches.
Investigates charges of misconduct written by varying levels of
correctional police officers on juvenile offenders’ inappropriate
actions or behavior.
Interviews all witnesses that may have observed a reported
incident or misconduct action, ensures all statements are
recorded and verified by witnesses, and forwards all charges
and required documentation after completion of the investigation
to superiors for appropriate action.
During the course of an investigation, completes prehearing
detention forms, and if necessary, reassigns certain juvenile
offenders that may be a threat to others residing in the living
quarters or who are targeted by other juvenile offenders for
acts of reprisal.
Identifies and addresses gang related retaliation acts and threats
of violence between rival gangs of juvenile offenders housed in
separate units of an institution or facility.
Oversees outdoor work detail and educational activities comprised
of juvenile offenders to ensure good order and discipline in and
around specific areas of the institution or facility are maintained.
Prepares daily work schedules for assigned officers and renders
During officer roll call, addresses incidents from prior shifts or
other important directives that officers should be made aware
of in performing their assigned duties.
Ensures that unusual occurrences and conditions are noted in
the daily report sheets and recording logs.
Oversees the issuance, storage, security, and collection of keys
utilized by varying levels of correctional police officers and civilian
employees of an institution or facility.
Notifies medical staff of juvenile offenders who require immediate
medical attention, and completes required incident reports and
documents for submission to proper authorities when a juvenile’s
behavior pattern indicates potential harm to himself/herself or others.
Investigates varying types of complaints filed by juvenile offenders,
varying levels of correctional police officers, support staff, and
visitors, and prepares reports thereof with recommendations for
appropriate review and action by superiors.
Completes incident reports in cases of unauthorized absences
or misconduct by officers or other assigned staff.
Counsels and provides guidance to lesser grade correctional
police officers where assistance may be required.
Attends formal classes and receives instruction in the principles,
practices, and terminology of correctional concepts involving
juvenile penology methods and programs addressing supervision
and counseling activities.
Ensures juvenile offenders assigned to satellite units abide by
rules, regulations, and procedures that govern such units.
Supervises programs such as work release, boot camps,
institution camps, school and vocational training attendance
participation, outside details, and other off grounds and
Conducts training sessions within the institution and/or facility
in the proper usage of security and safety equipment, which will
be utilized in the performance of assigned duties performed by
Senior Correctional Police Officers, Juvenile Justice Commission
and Correctional Police Officers, Juvenile Justice Commission.
May develop and oversee a firearms program to provide firearms
qualification and semi-annual requalification standards for all
officers in weapons usage and security in accordance with policy
and regulations issued and enforced by the State Police Commission
on Firearms Training.
Performs military style inspections of juvenile offenders’ clothing attire,
living quarters, and hygiene practices on a regular daily basis.
Plans, organizes, and assigns work requirements of the organizational
unit and prepares filing reports on Senior Correctional Officers,
Juvenile Justice Commission under said supervision and probationary
reports for Correctional Police Officers, Juvenile Justice Commission,
and performance assessment reviews.
May oversee agency training and related safety and firefighting activities.
Performs various types of investigations and prepares detailed
reports reflecting determined findings. Ensures juvenile offenders’
rights are not violated, and reviews and monitors enforcement
programs and procedures in compliance with commission directives.
Composes memoranda and other communications, and statistical
reports related to custody responsibilities and program activities.
Acts as a witness for the State and testifies before formal hearings,
Grand Juries, Courts of Law, administrative hearings, or other
Oversees the transport of juvenile offenders to and from other
jurisdictions and facilities, as required.
Leads correctional police officers in searches and apprehension
of escaped juvenile offenders from custody.
Utilizes and trains 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.
Regularly instructs and reminds subordinate staff of policies,
directives, procedures, standards, and practices, and any
revisions to those policies.
Schedules training requirements for probationary correctional
Recognizes and rapidly evaluates potentially dangerous and
hazardous situations involving juvenile offenders’ and correctional
police officers’ safety and well-being; exercises caution and good
judgment in identifying these circumstances quickly to avoid
personal injury to all parties, prevent endangerment to the general
public, and/or property damage.
Interacts with juvenile offenders’ parents and/or guardians,
subordinates, 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.
Three (3) years 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 Authority.
Minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.
Must be a United States’ citizen at the time of appointment.
NOTE: At time of appointment, eligible candidates for this position
must submit acceptable proof of meeting the above indicated
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: 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. 28 (N.J.S.A. 52:17B-174).
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of laws, rules, directives, regulations, standards,
policies, and procedures relating to the operations of a
correctional institution or facility housing juvenile offenders.
Knowledge of the problems and circumstances likely to
be encountered in a work 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 confinement.
Knowledge of the care, usage, security, integrity, and training
of others in proper usage of firearms safety 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 and law enforcement procedures
for reporting violations to applicable laws, rules, regulations, and
Knowledge of the methods and techniques for performing
investigations of recorded juvenile offenders’ inappropriate
actions and violations to stipulated programming directives,
governing rules, regulations, and established standards.
Knowledge of the methods and procedures governing the
issuance of arrest warrants.
Knowledge of the procedures for recording statements attained
from witnesses during the course of an investigation.
Knowledge of the principles and techniques of employee
supervision and conducting evaluations.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of conducting
Knowledge of the principles and techniques of mediation.
Knowledge of the methods used in developing proper work
procedures and in rendering work assignments, instructions,
and directions to lesser grade correctional police officers and
Knowledge of authorized force techniques utilized in controlling
disturbances, and when and how approved usage of chemical
mace may be deployed.
Knowledge of the directives and operating procedures governing
usage of firearms and in identifying ascending force factors leading
to that point of using deadly force.
Knowledge of the procedures utilized in maintaining records
and filing systems.
Knowledge of the principles and practices in applying criminal
justice applications and standards to juvenile offenders housed
in correctional institutions and facilities.
Knowledge of the procedures governing rules of evidence.
Knowledge of due process in the application of law enforcement
powers, and court proceedings and procedures in testifying at trials.
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 perform and train others in the assertiveness techniques
and methods utilized in a confined work environment with persons
of varying ethnic and language backgrounds, education, abilities,
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with
juvenile offenders, their family members, coworkers, subordinates,
Ability to instruct others and utilize positive reinforcement methods
to gain confidence and respect of juvenile offenders, and to assist
and provide direction with their personal development and emotional
stability during their period of incarceration.
Ability to communicate with juvenile offenders to foster self-assurance
attitudes and personal esteem for themselves and toward others.
Ability to recognize and utilize varying levels of supervision methods
and coaching techniques with lesser grade correctional police officers.
Ability to lead military style training and regimented activities.
Ability to lead and conduct rigorous physical fitness training activities,
calisthenics, exercises, and close order drill activities.
Ability to supervise and 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 instruct others in applying the principles and practices of
commission directives as they apply to custody related juvenile
delinquency problems and issues.
Ability to recognize suspicious persons and/or events or circumstances.
Ability to initiate decisive action and disseminate clear orders for
others to follow.
Ability to properly utilize firefighting equipment and adhere to
stipulated emergency procedures.
Ability to provide and preside over specific modular intensive
training programs and methods developed exclusively for agency
Ability to problem solve daily work-related situations learned from
experience, training classes and workshop demonstrations gleaned
useful for custody supervision work, and programming initiatives in
an institution or facility housing juvenile offenders.
Ability to prepare and provide detailed reports of any issues, problems,
or conditions warranting specific action and the action taken.
Ability to perform repetitive work assignments without loss of
equanimity, patience, and courtesy, and to remain calm and
decisive in emergency situations.
Ability to successfully complete special firearms instructor
courses and training requirements as authorized by the
NJ Police Training Commission.
Ability to utilize and instruct others in the proper usage of e
lectronic 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 evaluate reliability and credibility of witnesses’ oral
or written statements.
Ability to prepare detailed correspondence, reports, memoranda,
and communications on custody issues and problem and other
Ability to identify and recognize where juvenile offenders may
hide after successful escapes from custody.
Ability to recognize and identify potentially dangerous and
hazardous situations involving juvenile offenders, and to
evaluate all available options in handling these circumstances.
Ability to gather, collect, maintain, collate, interpret, and
disseminate 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 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.