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Job Specification



Under the general direction of an Institution Superintendent in the 
Juvenile Justice Commission, has overall charge of custodial work 
programs and the custody workforce of an institution housing more 
than three hundred (300) juvenile offenders; delegates oversight 
responsibilities to subordinate supervisory correctional police officers 
for ensuring the appropriate care, well-being, security, custody, and 
disciplining of juvenile offenders; performs other managerial and 
custodial related duties as required.

NOTE:  The definition and 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.

Directs work operations and functional programs and has responsibility 
for the preparation of employee performance assessment reviews and 
evaluations, employee appointments, retention, promotion, demotion, 
reassignment, separation, and disciplining of employees.

Oversees custody programming goals and objectives and the 
delegation of assigned custodial responsibilities to subordinate 
supervisory correctional police officers in accordance with 
established laws, rules, regulations, policies, directives, practices, 
and procedures governing juvenile correctional institutions.

Directs the application, security, and utilization of an institutional 
computer system designed to   enhance the facilitation of various 
agency programs.

Directs the preparation of staff schedules to ensure adequate 
staffing levels for each shift, and directs the scheduling of overtime, 
as necessitated. 

Endorses vacation and other time entitlement usage of subordinates.

Provides direction and guidance for custody programming operations 
to subordinate supervisory correctional police officers and other 
personnel regarding essential institution programs and custodial work 
directives, policies, and procedures.

Oversees the implementation of appropriate recruitment and selection 
process activities for correctional police officer positions and other 
supervisory and custody positions.

Evaluates and determines fiscal considerations and needs, including 
additions, improvements, and equipment requirements of the custody 
component, and submits requests for budgetary appropriations; 
operates the custody component within fiscal guideline restraints and 
provides justification for cost overruns and noncompliance.

Provides recommendations and suggestions regarding institution 
structures, designs of housing units, and physical power plant 
improvements, repairs, and workable alterations.

Ensures all work requirements are conducted in accordance with 
safety and security considerations of the institution's juvenile 
population, employees, visitors, and the general public.  

Oversees programming goals, counseling objectives, and 
reinforcement initiatives with lesser grade correctional police 
officers and other institution personnel who serve as members 
on the adjustment and/or classification committees of the 
multidisciplinary teams of the institutions.

Assigns officers to investigate incidents and allegations of 
misconduct by employees, reviews findings of investigations, 
and provides recommendations to the superintendent for 
appropriate action.

Oversees the preparation of arrest warrants for endorsement 
signature and interstate transfer and discharge commitment 
documents on juvenile offenders.

Reviews the accuracy of shift and daily counts on juvenile offenders.

Oversees the notification of law enforcement authorities when 
juvenile offenders are formally declared as missing from custody 
and the completion of the required paperwork and documents to 
be processed.

Interacts with court and Bureau of Parole officials and representatives, 
in compliance with presiding laws and stipulated custodial requirements.

Oversees the transport of juvenile offenders to and from other 
jurisdictions, institutions, and/or facilities for court appearances, 
medical facility visits, and other trips requiring an officer escort 
and supervision.

Directs the development of institution plans in the event of 
emergencies, and has responsibility for implementing emergency 
management contingency plans.

Responds to reports of suspicious persons, dangerous or hazardous 
situations, or disturbances by juvenile offenders.

Directs the course of action to be taken and redeploys correctional 
police officers to ensure conditions are corrected and appropriate 
order and safety for all parties is reinstated; develops escape 
contingency plans to review and update security programs and 
surveillance monitoring techniques.

Oversees the receipt of newly assigned juvenile offenders and 
reviews their accompanying records and files for housing 
assignments, classification reviews, and programming analysis.

Oversees the maintenance of all institution and facility restraint 
and defense equipment, ensuring they are in good operating 
order, and directs periodic inspections to ensure such compliance.

Conducts regular periodic inspection of the entire institution complex 
to ensure related lock mechanisms, housing units, dining halls, 
recreation areas, classrooms, power plant facility, and other related 
areas are clean, safe, and secure, and prepares detailed reports of 
noncompliance for immediate corrective action.

Directs the oversight of enforcement regulations in compliance with 
commission directives, standards, and practices addressing facility 
visitation programs and the monitoring and surveillance programs 
designed to stop the introduction of contraband onto the grounds of
the institution.

Represents management officials in employee disciplinary and 
grievances hearings.

Reviews, monitors, and shares confidential pertinent criminal 
intelligence information with various correctional and law enforcement 
agencies regarding warring juvenile offender gang members' actions 
and activities assigned to the institution and gang members assigned 
to other facilities or not in custody.

Directs the development and oversight authority in the implementation 
of agency training requirements of assigned institution needs and has 
direct oversight responsibility of firearms, firefighting, and emergency 
equipment training programs to be utilized by all correctional police 
officers in the performance of their assigned duties.

Ensures the observance of laws, rules, regulations, and commission 
directives is in compliance with the institution's policies and procedures 
for monitoring enforcement programs and ensuring the rights of juvenile 
offenders are not violated by other juvenile offenders, correctional police 
officers, other employees, or visitors to the institution.

Interacts on a regular basis with members of the treatment and 
education facility staff in developing, promoting, supporting, and 
expanding rehabilitation initiatives and educational programming 
concepts for juvenile offenders.

Composes memoranda, communications, and correspondence, and 
oversees the preparation of official documents and the completion of 
statistical and monthly reports.

Instructs others in the proper usage 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.

Acts as a witness for the State and testifies before formal hearings, 
Grand Juries, Courts of Law, administrative hearings, or other 
judicial bodies.

Directs the deployment and redeployment of correctional police 
officers in searches for escaped juvenile offenders and the 
issuance of firearms.

Interacts with State and local law enforcement officers in the 
successful apprehension and arrest of offenders against the law.

Endorses and/or revises subordinate supervisory correctional 
police officers' evaluations, ratings, and reviews of other lesser 
grade correctional police officers' job performance under their 

Interacts with juvenile offenders' parents and/or guardians, 
associates, and other assigned employees to develop and 
foster desired team leadership initiatives of positive reinforced 
values, incentives, and sanctions to address each juvenile's 
assessment needs, treatment, and educational requirements 
the institution can offer for rehabilitation objectives and goal 

Will be required to utilize various types of electronic and/or 
manual recording and computerized information systems 
used by the agency, office, or related units.



Possession of a High School Diploma or its equivalent.


Seven (7) years of experience in the supervision, care, and 
custody of convicted juvenile or adult offenders assigned to 
a correctional institution, facility, and/or boot camp, four (4) 
years of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity.


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 requirements.

NOTE:  Appointees must have successfully completed the 
New Jersey 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 

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. 284 (NJSA 52:17B-174).


Knowledge of laws, rules, directives, regulations, standards, 
policies, and procedures relating to the operations and custody 
programs of a correctional institution 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 programs overseeing the care, usage, 
security, training, and integrity of firearms, other restraints, 
and defense equipment.

Knowledge of the electronic communications equipment and 
database software utilized in the performance of assigned duties.

Knowledge of the administrative and law enforcement procedures 
for reporting and reviewing violations of applicable laws, rules, 
regulations, and directives.

Knowledge of the methods and techniques in directing 
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 
preparation and issuance of arrest warrants.

Knowledge of the procedures for recording statements 
attained from witnesses during the course of an investigation.

Knowledge of surveillance methods and procedures.

Knowledge of the principles and techniques of employee 
supervision, and conducting evaluations and performance 

Knowledge of the principles and practices of conducting 
needs assessments.

Knowledge of the principles and techniques of mediation.

Knowledge of the methods in developing proper work 
procedures and in delegating work assignments, instructions, 
and directions to subordinate supervisory correctional police 

Knowledge of the concepts and goals of the agency, and 
of the techniques and aspects of resource planning and 
organizational and component program development and 

Knowledge of resource allocation concepts employed to 
develop optimum fiscal spending plans in a public organization.

Knowledge of the various security and safety problems 
encountered in the repair and maintenance of institutional 
structures, housing units, powerplant equipment, and related 

Knowledge of authorized force techniques to be utilized in 
controlling disturbances, and when and how approved usage 
of chemical mace may be deployed.

Knowledge of the directives and operating procedures 
governing the usage of firearms and identifying ascending 
force factors leading to that point of using deadly force.

Knowledge of the procedures utilized in maintaining extensive 
records and filing systems.

Knowledge of the principles and practices in applying criminal 
justice applications and standards to juvenile offenders housed 
in correctional institutions.

Knowledge of the procedures governing rules of evidence.

Knowledge of due process in the application of applying law 
enforcement powers, and court proceedings and procedures 
in testifying at trials.

Knowledge of the procedures for preparing affidavits and/or 
sworn testimonies obtained during the course of an investigation.

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 properly ensure the integrity and validity of evidence 
collected during the course of an investigation.

Ability to identify and pursue potential investigative activities 
in compliance with established laws and governing directives.

Ability to direct the training of others in the assertiveness 
techniques and methods utilized in a confined work 
environment with persons of varying ethnic and language 
backgrounds, education, abilities, and personalities.

Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships 
with juvenile offenders, their family members, associates, 
and subordinates.

Ability to develop models and standards to enhance 
programming instruction to others, adhering to established 
aspects and techniques of fostering positive reinforcement 
methods designed for troubled adolescents.

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 managerial 
and supervision methods and coaching techniques with 
lesser grade correctional police officers.

Ability to direct the development, oversight, and implementation 
of agency training programs and courses of study for varying 
levels of correctional police officers who shall have the charge 
and responsibility for the appropriate care, well-being, security, 
and custody in the rehabilitation efforts of juvenile offenders.

Ability to provide instructions to others in applying the principles 
and practices of commission directives as they apply to custody 
related juvenile delinquency problems and issues.

Ability to develop and direct institution master escape plans and 
oversee the preparation of detailed written reports and planned 
circumstances to correct custody, security, and monitoring breaches.

Ability to develop, direct, and implement emergency management 
contingency plans in the event of natural disasters and have prior 
planned alternative contingency plans to reinstate order and 
safety for all parties.

Ability to prepare responses and case development for 
presentation at employee filed grievance and disciplinary 
appeal hearings, representing facility management directives 
and policies.

Ability to direct the development of intelligence sources and
 interpret useful and viable information for detection purposes 
with commission components and authorized law enforcement 
agencies' representatives.

Ability to recognize suspicious persons and/or events or 
circumstances and direct the necessary responses.

Ability to initiate decisive action and develop and disseminate 
clear orders for others to follow. 

Ability to review and evaluate plans for proposed housing and 
building structures and renovations, and to detect security, fire,
and safety deficiencies.

Ability to direct and train others in the proper usage of firefighting 
equipment and emergency procedures.

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 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 difficult work assignments without loss of 
equanimity, patience, courtesy, and to remain calm and 
decisive in emergency situations.

Ability to develop and direct a program for firearms training 
and qualification requirements as authorized by the NJ Police 
Training Commission.

Ability to direct and instruct others in the proper usage 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 evaluate the reliability and credibility of witnesses' 
oral or written statements.

Ability to prepare detailed correspondence, reports, 
memoranda, and communications on custody issues and 
problems, program development, and budgetary analysis.

Ability to identify and recognize where juvenile offenders 
may hide after successful escapes from custody.

Ability to recognize and identify specific instances to instruct 
lesser grade correctional police officers of potentially 
dangerous and hazardous situations involving juvenile 
offenders and to evaluate available options as how to 
handle these circumstances. 

Ability to direct the gathering, collection, collating, 
maintaining, and dissemination of statistical information.

Ability to make decisions and determine when circumstances 
should be referred to the superintendent 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, 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 the 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.