A class incumbent is responsible for acting as a lead worker and participating in the maintenance of discipline and security on a less difficult shift or assisting a correctional sergeant in supervising the work of an assigned area on a more difficult shift within a correctional and/or detention facility.
Nature and Scope
A class incumbent reports to a technical superior, typically a Correctional Sergeant or Correctional Lieutenant. An incumbent is responsible for directly supervising and participating in the enforcement of all rules and regulations affecting discipline, security and housekeeping within a designated location/unit on the assigned shift. The assignment shift may be a less difficult shift that does not require a high level of direct supervision, a smaller portion of a unit on a difficult shift such as a section within a larger housing unit or complex assignments such as the Transfer Unit Commissary or Mail Room. Class incumbent is responsible for implementing policies and procedures ensuring the redeployment of staff, and for the enforcement of rules and regulations and policies of the institution and the department. An incumbent may lead and participates in periodic counts of inmates to assure their location and custody and the searching of inmates, employees, visitors, cell blocks and/or other structures to detect prohibited contraband or defects in the security system. A class incumbent provides training and guidance to both newly hired and experienced employees. Incumbents conduct inspections of staff assigned to the location/ unit to insure timely arrivals, proper uniforms and conduct. An incumbent maintains and prepares or oversees the preparation or various reports/logs regarding unit activities, problems and/or incidents which occurred during the assigned shift or at assigned locations. A significant aspect of the work involves working effectively with the inmates in order to obtain their confidence and cooperation.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Supervises and participates in the maintenance of discipline, order, security and housekeeping of assigned locations and/or staff.
Supervises and participates in periodic shakedowns of buildings, grounds, and cells blocks to detect contraband or defects in the security system.
Observes inmate activities to detect unusual or prohibited behavior which may be threat to the security of the facility or the safety of the inmate, other inmates, employees or visitors.
Implements prescribed policies and procedures, insures the enforcement institutional departmental rules and regulations.
Conducts inspections of staff and monitors works of staff in assigned unit location. Provides training to newly hired and experienced employees.
May supervise less difficult/lower activity activity shift, in areas such as the control of security gates, the processing of new inmates, and the review of commitment, release or transfer documents.
May supervise complex activities such as the mail room, commissary, transfer unit, visit room or highway project unit.
Prepares or supervises the preparation of shift logs, records and reports.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
Knowledge of the rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the facility and department.
Knowledge of standard procedures for maintaining security.
Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.
Knowledge of self-defense, riot control and the use of firearms and other protective equipment.
Knowledge of federal state laws governing the rights of inmates.
Knowledge of the techniques used in the detection of weapons and other contrabands.
Knowledge of the attitudes, behaviors and group habits of persons in custody.
Skill in self-defense techniques and the use of restraint procedures.
Skill in the use of assigned weapons and other protective equipment.
Skill in training and guiding assigned correctional staff.
Skill in the application of institutional/departmental rules.
Skill in the observation of inmate activities and detection of unusual or prohibited behavior which may be a security threat.
Ability to supervise the activities of inmates.
Ability to maintain records and prepare accurate reports, regulations, policies and procedures.
Ability to act quickly and calmly in an emergency.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and inmates or detainees.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Correctional Corporal
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
At least one year experience as a Correctional Officer or equivalent experience.
Possession of a valid Driver’s License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).