CORRECTIONAL POLICE OFFICER, JUVENILE JUSTICE COMMISSION
Under the close supervision of a Senior Correctional Police Officer
or other supervisory official in the Juvenile Justice Commission,
attends residential training in various law enforcement courses
as authorized by the NJ Police Training Commission; receives
on-the-job training and instructions for the appropriate care,
well-being, security, and custody of convicted juvenile offenders
assigned to various institutions, facilities, and boot camps throughout
the State; learns to utilize a balanced approach of supervision and
instruction to encourage juvenile offenders’ self-involvement and
personal esteem to participate in rehabilitation and educational
programs; attends classes and courses addressing principles of
supervision practices and surveillance activities in accordance with
the NJ Police Training Commission requirements; 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:
Learns 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.
Learns proper usage, security, integrity, and care for firearms and
the responsibility of maintaining firearms and other restraints and
defense equipment while performing assigned duties.
Learns the rules, regulations, policies, procedures, practices,
operational methods, and processes related to juvenile correctional
institutions, facilities, boot camps, and satellite locations.
Learns military style training techniques and regimented activities
associated with close order drill, physical fitness conditioning, and
training requirements for assigned juvenile offenders.
Learns program objectives developed for the social and emotional
habilitation initiatives of juvenile offenders.
Learns how to project an authoritative, supportive, and positive
attitude to assist juvenile offenders in achieving goal objectives.
Participates in custody programs in rating and evaluating juvenile
offenders in earning access of credits toward privileges and
specialized activities and programs.
Attends an in-residence Police Training Commission program to
learn various law enforcement practices, instructions, surveillance
and detection techniques, firearms training, qualification and
applicable regulations, policies, directives, and procedures for the
care, well-being, security, and custody of juvenile offenders under
charge of the State.
Attends specific program classes for instruction and receives
on-the-job training and physical conditioning directives related
to the principles of performing custody duties and the charge of
sentenced juvenile offenders assigned to boot camps.
Learns to supervise the care, inspection, and maintenance of
living quarters of juvenile offenders in a safe, clean, secure
Learns to perform military style inspections of juvenile offenders’
clothing, living quarters, and hygiene practices on a regular daily
Assists in the patrolling and surveillance activities of assigned
areas, grounds, buildings, and living quarters, renders regular
periodic reports via telephone or electronic communications,
and reports the whereabouts of all assigned juvenile offenders.
Assists in the development of acceptable conduct and behavior
of juvenile offenders 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 to superiors.
Assists in maintaining 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.
Assists in preventing stated contraband and unauthorized articles
from entering the facility’s grounds, buildings, and living quarters
by utilizing various search and surveillance techniques.
Assists in conducting regular periodic inspections and recording
conditions of living quarters, secured areas, door locks, windows
locks, and other restricted areas of the facility and surrounding
Escorts juvenile offenders to and from living quarters to various
areas of the facility and other authorized locations.
Notifies supervisor or training officer of differing or suspicious
actions being 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.
Attends classes and demonstrations on the proper methods of
utilizing available institution equipment and accessories.
Assists in escorting juvenile offenders to job/training sites which
are off grounds, and to courts of law and other formal proceedings.
When assigned to a medical area of treatment, assists civilian
employees in performing their duties.
When assigned to boot and/or institution camps and other outside
assigned details, is responsible for safety, security, and custody
of juvenile offenders under said charge.
Receives training in the preparation of program reports and in
keeping records and files.
Observes and assists in performing investigations and in the
preparation of detailed, concise reports.
Learns the practices and procedures for monitoring enforcement
programs and ensures juvenile offenders’ rights are not violated.
Learns how to prepare and complete program incident reports
of violations, procedures of reporting such incidents, and
investigations required to prepare reports thereof.
Learns to prepare and compose memoranda and other
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.
Learns how to maintain records and security of confidential records
Learns to utilize various types of electronic communications equipment
and database software in the performance of assigned duties.
Learns how to recognize and rapidly evaluate potentially dangerous
and hazardous situations involving juvenile offenders’ safety and
well-being, and learns to exercise caution and good judgment in
handling these circumstances to avoid personal injury or to prevent
endangerment to the general public and/or serious personal injury
to juvenile offenders and/or property damage.
Will be required to learn 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.
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 time of appointment.
NOTE: At time of appointment, eligible applicants for this position
must submit acceptable proof of meeting the above indicated
NOTE: Appointees will be required to undergo and successfully
pass medical and psychological examinations administered by
the Appointing Authority.
NOTE: Appointees will be required to successfully complete the
NJ Police Training Commission and agency training course standards
for custody, investigations, and related law enforcement requirements.
Appointees shall be required to qualify in the use of firearms on a
semi-annual basis. All training requirements and successful
completion thereof reflect a one year training period in addition to
satisfactory completion of the working test period as a Correctional
Police Officer, Juvenile Justice to be considered as an eligible
appointee for appointment to the Senior Correctional Police Officer,
Juvenile Justice position.
NOTE: Appointees may be required during the one year training
period to attend college level and/or other courses, paid by the
Appointing Authority, in Criminal Justice, Psychology, or other
related field of study.
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 (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, after a
period of training.
Knowledge of the electronic communications equipment and
database software utilized in the performance of assigned duties,
after a period of training.
Knowledge of surveillance methods and procedures, after a
period of training.
Knowledge of the administrative procedures for reporting violations
to applicable rules, regulations, policies, and program procedures,
after a period of training.
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, after a period of training.
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 specified freedoms throughout a custodial supervision period of
Ability to utilize proper assertiveness techniques and methods
appropriate 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,
after a period of training.
Ability to communicate with juvenile offenders to foster self-assurance
attitudes and self-esteem for themselves and toward others, after a
period of training.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with
juvenile offenders, their family members, coworkers, and superiors.
Ability to utilize appropriate techniques to gain the confidence of
juvenile offenders, to instill mutual respect of others, and to provide
direction with their personal development and emotional stability
during their period of incarceration, after a period of training.
Ability to utilize varying levels of supervision over juvenile offenders
and to recommend sanctions and/or loss of privileges when necessary.
Ability to learn military style training techniques and regimented
Ability to conduct and lead rigorous physical fitness activities,
calisthenics, exercises, and close order drill activities, after a
period of training.
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 issues.
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
Ability to learn how to properly utilize firefighting equipment and
adhere to stipulated emergency procedures.
Ability to learn to recognize specific occurrences and differing
instances learned in classes and workshop demonstrations
gleaned useful for everyday custody work in an institution or
facility housing juvenile offenders.
Ability to recognize suspicious persons and/or events and take
suitable action and reporting requirements to the supervisor or
training officer in a very timely manner.
Ability to analyze custodial problems, organize assigned duties, a
nd develop effective work methods.
Ability to perform repetitive work assignments without loss of
equanimity, patience, or courtesy, to remain calm and decisive
in emergency situations, and retain emotional stability.
Ability to follow instructions and render to others, clear, accurate,
and explicit directions to follow.
Ability to learn how to utilize various types 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 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.
Appointees who successfully complete the required working
test period in addition to the twelve (12) month training period,
including the NJ Police Training Commission and agency
training requirements will be eligible for advancement to the
title Senior Correctional Police Officer, Juvenile Justice
Commission under NJ Civil Service Commission procedures.
The inability of an appointee in this title to attain the level of
performance warranting advancement to the title listed above
shall be considered as cause for separation from employment.
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.