Profession prison officer

Prison officers supervise inmates in a correctional facility and ensure the security and peace-keeping in the facility. They perform checks and searches to ensure compliance to regulations, monitor visitations and the activities of inmates as well as participate in programs of rehabilitation, and ensure records maintenance.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Realistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Correctional procedures

    Tthe legal regulations and policies concerning the operations of correctional facilities, and other correctional procedures.

  • Law enforcement

    The different organisations involved in law enforcement, as well as the laws and regulations in law enforcement procedures.

  • Legal use-of-force

    The characteristics of the use-of-force, which is a legal doctrine employed by police and army forces, to regulate acts of violence during interventions. Use-of-force is ought to balance security needs with ethical concerns for the rights and well-being of intruders or suspects.

  • Illegal substances

    The forbidden substances which cannot be transported from one area to another, or carried by an individual, as well as their nature and how to handle them.

Skills

  • Restrain individuals

    Restrain, or control by force, individuals who violate regulations in terms of acceptable behaviour, who present a threat to others, and who perform acts of violence, to ensure the individual is unable to proceed in this negative behaviour and to protect others.

  • Undertake inspections

    Undertake safety inspections in areas of concern to identify and report potential hazards or security breaches; take measures to maximise safety standards.

  • Patrol areas

    Patrol a designated area, watch out for and respond to suspicious and dangerous situations, and communicating with emergency response organisations.

  • See to the detainees' well-being

    See to the welfare of the prisoners providing primary commodities and services such as distributing food and clothes, calling the doctor and others.

  • Escort defendants

    Escort suspects and known offenders from one area to another, such as in a prison or from a cell to a courtoom, to ensure they do not escape, that they are not violent, or otherwise exceed the limits of acceptable behaviour, as well as to be able to respond to any emergencies.

  • Handle conflicts

    Mediate in conflicts and tense situations by acting between parties, such as service users, important others like families, and institutions, striving to effect an agreement, reconciliate, and resolve problems.

  • Ensure compliance with types of weapons

    Use different kinds of firearms and other types of weapons and their matching ammunition, in compliance with legal requirements.

  • Identify security threats

    Identify security threats during investigations, inspections, or patrols, and perform the necessary actions to minimise or neutralise the threat.

  • Comply with the principles of self-defence

    Observe the principles according to which a person should only use so much force as is required to repel an attack. The use of deadly force is limited to situations where attackers are using deadly force themselves.

Optional knowledge and skills

ensure law application oversee rehabilitation process apply knowledge of human behaviour contribute to the formulation of correctional procedures conduct security screenings use different communication channels criminology maintain operational communications write situation reports maintain logbooks surveillance methods handle surveillance equipment respond to enquiries propose leisure activities practice vigilance manage security clearance conduct frisk show responsibility