Basic Job Description:
Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institution in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.
1) Monitor conduct of prisoners, according to established policies, regulations, and procedures, in order to prevent escape or violence.
2) Inspect conditions of locks, window bars, grills, doors, and gates at correctional facilities, in order to ensure that they will prevent escapes.
3) Search prisoners, cells, and vehicles for weapons, valuables, or drugs.
4) Guard facility entrances in order to screen visitors.
5) Search for and recapture escapees.
6) Inspect mail for the presence of contraband.
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7) Take prisoners into custody and escort to locations within and outside of facility, such as visiting room, courtroom, or airport.
8) Record information, such as prisoner identification, charges, and incidences of inmate disturbance.
9) Use weapons, handcuffs, and physical force to maintain discipline and order among prisoners.
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10) Conduct fire, safety, and sanitation inspections.
11) Provide to supervisors oral and written reports of the quality and quantity of work performed by inmates, inmate disturbances and rule violations, and unusual occurrences.
12) Settle disputes between inmates.
13) Drive passenger vehicles and trucks used to transport inmates to other institutions, courtrooms, hospitals, and work sites.
14) Arrange daily schedules for prisoners including library visits, work assignments, family visits, and counseling appointments.
15) Assign duties to inmates, providing instructions as needed.
16) Issue clothing, tools, and other authorized items to inmates.
17) Serve meals and distribute commissary items to prisoners.
18) Investigate crimes that have occurred within an institution, or assist police in their investigations of crimes and inmates.
19) Maintain records of prisoners' identification and charges.
20) Supervise and coordinate work of other correctional service officers.
21) Sponsor inmate recreational activities such as newspapers and self-help groups.
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Holland / RIASEC Career Code: R-S-E SOC: 33-3012.00