Prison Officer

Prison officers maintain security and order within the prison, ensuring the safety of both inmates and staff while implementing rehabilitation programmes to support prisoners' personal development and reintegration into society.

Day-to-day tasks

As a prison officer you could:

  • keep prisoners secure and support anyone who is vulnerable
  • carry out security checks and searches
  • maintain order, sometimes using authorised physical control and restraint
  • go with prisoners on external visits, like to court or appointments
  • prepare prisoners for release through rehabilitation programmes
  • update records, write reports and promote anti bullying

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • leadership skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Industry Qualifications

  • at least 18 years old
  • reasonably fit
  • have a full, clean driving licence
  • satisfactory Police Check

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