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Job Specification



Under the general direction of a Correctional Police Captain or other 
supervisory official in the Juvenile Justice Commission, has charge 
of custodial work programs at an institution, facility, or boot camp 
housing juvenile offenders; functions as a Principal Training Officer 
and/or secondary level supervisor over correctional police officers 
of a lesser grade; performs other administrative and custody 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.

Supervises work operations and/or functional programs and 
has responsibility for the preparation of employee performance 
assessment reviews and evaluations, and recommending the 
appointment, retention, promotion, demotion, reassignment, 
separation, and disciplining of employees.

Supervises workload assignments and delegation of responsibilities 
to subordinate correctional police officers assigned to 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.

Provides input for the counseling of juvenile offenders.

Interacts with various medical, professional, and support 
services personnel in providing and maintaining rehabilitation 
and educational programs for juvenile offenders.

Oversees military style training and regimented activities associated 
with close order drill, physical fitness conditioning, and facility training 
requirements for juvenile offenders.

Oversees the completion of administrative log recordings and daily 
personnel deployment worksheet notations of recorded events, 
unusual occurrences, or happenings during the shift.

Reviews programming objectives and reinforcement initiatives with 
lesser grade correctional police officers and other facility personnel 
who function as members on the adjustment and/or classification 
committees of the multidisciplinary teams of the facility.

Develops correctional police officers' schedules to ensure adequate 
staffing levels for each shift, and oversees the scheduling of overtime, 
as necessitated.

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

During a tour of duty, renders instructions, orders, and other 
communications to lesser grade correctional police officers 
during roll call for each reporting shift; updates subordinates 
on prevailing agency directives and policies.

Oversees assigned work responsibilities, custody programs, 
and post assignments from the main control center.

Reviews incident reports submitted by varying levels of correctional 
police officers and other facility personnel on inappropriate actions 
and behavior committed by juvenile offenders.

Assigns officers to investigate recorded incidents warranting 
investigation, reviews findings of investigations, and includes 
recommendations to superiors for appropriate action.

Functions as a hearing officer in the disciplinary processing against 
juvenile offenders and provides a finding of facts, conclusions, and 
recommendations to superiors for recommended action.

Prepares reports in cases of unauthorized absences or misconduct 
by employees.

Updates and endorses the entries to daily logs and worksheets.

Reviews reports of unusual occurrences or events from prior shifts 
and determines whether appropriate action was taken or whether 
further investigation is required.

Oversees investigative activities when a visitor is apprehended 
attempting to introduce contraband onto the grounds of the 
institution or facility.

Prepares arrest warrants for endorsement signature as required, 
and ensures all reports and forms are correctly completed.

Oversees the facility process for recording all incoming mail and 
packages and the recorded markings of all personal property and 
items received for juvenile offenders’ usage, which is authorized 
to be maintained at an institution or facility.

Oversees, verifies, and endorses the shift and daily counts of 
juvenile offenders and the necessary deployment of correctional 
police officers to search for missing juveniles, notifies proper 
authorities, and completes appropriate reports for further action 
by superiors.

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.

Issues disciplinary actions to juvenile offenders and correctional 
police officers when appropriate.

Authorizes all surveillance and search teams’ activities in the seizure 
of contraband and other unauthorized articles found as a result of 
conducted searches.

Supervises the investigative activities regarding alleged incidents 
of reported misconduct by correctional police officers and other 
institution or facility employees.

Oversees the notification and interaction with medical personnel 
regarding juvenile offenders who require immediate medical 
attention or report sick to the medical area for treatment.

Arranges the transportation for injured juveniles or employees 
needing hospitalization.

Notifies proper authorities when juveniles’ behavior patterns indicate 
potential harm to themselves or others.

Oversees the work requirements and movement of correctional 
police officers, employees, visitors, and juvenile offenders on the 
grounds and in the buildings of the institution or facility.

Oversees specific phases of agency training requirements and 
firearms, firefighting, and emergency equipment training programs 
to be utilized by all correctional police officers in the performance 
of their assigned duties.

Oversees all custody programs and ensures that procedures are 
adhered to in accordance with commission policies and directives 
related to work release, boot camps, school and vocational training 
attendance participation, outdoor work details, off grounds and 
community activities, transport of juvenile offenders, and home 
visitation programs.

Ensures compliance with the facility's procedures for monitoring 
enforcement programs and ensuring the rights of juvenile offenders 
are not violated.

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

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

Oversees 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 supervisory subordinate correctional police 
officers' evaluations, ratings, and reviews of other lesser grade 
correctional police officers' job performance under their supervision.

Instructs others in the 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.

Recognizes and rapidly evaluates potentially dangerous and 
hazardous situations involving 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, associates, 
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.


Four (4) 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, one (1) year 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 

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 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. 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 or facility housing juvenile 

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 

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 of 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 
preparation and 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 and performance 

Knowledge of the principles and practices of conducting needs 

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 lesser grade correctional police officers.

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 
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 and facilities.

Knowledge of the procedures governing rules of evidence.

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

Ability to oversee 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, a
nd personalities.

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

Ability to instruct others and utilize positive reinforcement methods 
to gain the confidence and respect of juvenile offenders, and to 
assist and provide guidance 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 oversee 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 develop, oversee, and implement agency training programs 
and courses of study for correctional police officers who shall have 
the 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 recognize suspicious persons and/or events or circumstances.

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

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

Ability to develop and preside over specific modular intensive 
training programs and methods developed exclusively for 
agency requirements.

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 

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

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

Ability to utilize and to 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 and other 
programming needs.

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

Ability to recognize and identify specific instances to instruct 
correctional police officers of potentially dangerous and hazardous 
situations involving juvenile offenders and to evaluate available 
options for handling these circumstances.

Ability to supervise the gathering, collection, collating, maintaining, 
and dissemination of 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, 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.