Care, control and custody of inmates. Great communication skills.
Pros: Secure job with excellent benefits.
Cons: Not enough funding for training purposes, up to date equipment, and shortage of staff to meet the needs of the Dept. of Corrections of AZ.
Build and maintain appropriate rapport with inmates.
Defuse disruptive behavior by verbal interventions.
Control disruptive behavior by appropriate verbal orders and appropriate use of physical force.
Use verbal and listening skills to determine potential inmate problems, such as suicide risk, intoxication, drug usage, assaultive behavior, etc.
Disaster Intervention with employees and families of DOC. Inform and explain institutional rules to inmates.
Communicate information regarding security, safety and operations through the chain of command.
Monitor inmates, watching closely for – more... unusual behavior, improper conduct or signs of conflict.
Monitor visits between inmates and personal visitors.
Supervise periods of recreational activity.
Search inmates, by pat or strip method, to detect and confiscate contraband or unapproved items.
Search cells or living quarters, recreational areas, visiting areas and other areas in buildings or on the grounds for contraband or unapproved items.
Search the perimeter of an area by making checks on foot, by car, or from a watchtower to ensure there are no security breaches or contraband.
Conduct security checks of locks, doors, bars & windows, etc. Prepare inmates for transport through search and application of appropriate restraining devices, depending on security level, and ensures all related materials to be transported with inmate are ready and in order.
Transport inmates outside the facility to and from court, lawyer's office, medical appointments, work sites, other facilities, etc. Communicate with other staff and main control to inform about inmate behaviors, incidents and to request assistance.
Perform head counts to visually ensure the presence of all inmates.
Coordinate unit head counts to confirm total population.
Check IDs to ensure only authorized persons enter or leave facility. Process new admissions and transfers.
Respond to emergency situations according to facility procedures, such as medical, fire, security, etc.
Write narrative reports describing events that have happened, such as confidential reports, incident reports, disciplinary reports, special observations reports, etc.
Read and write short notes in a log book as a means of passing information about daily events from one shift to another, such as inventory logs, post logs, narrative logs, etc.
Use portable two-way radio.
Open and close gates or doors to restricted areas to allow vehicles/people to enter and exit. Issue logs and inventories facility keys.
Attend and participate in required training. – less