Prison service officer (below principal officer)

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Prison service officers (below Principal Officer) direct, co-ordinate and participate in guarding inmates and maintaining discipline in prisons and other detention centres.

Current Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic requirements for entry but candidates must pass a pre-entry test and full medical examination. Basic training is followed by a 12 month probationary period during which further on-the-job training is provided. Background checks are required for entrants, and there are generally nationality restrictions and a lower age limit of 18 years.

Typical education level:

Level 1-3

Typical Tasks

  • Escorts prisoners to and from cells and supervises them during meals, recreation and visiting periods.
  • Watches for any infringements of regulations and searches prisoners and cells for weapons, drugs and other contraband items.
  • Guards entrances and perimeter walls.
  • Investigates disturbances or any other unusual occurrences.
  • Escorts prisoners transferred from one institution to another.
  • Runs prisoner rehabilitation and support programmes.
  • Provides care and support to prisoners in custody including prevention of self harm.
  • Trains and supervises prison staff.
  • Reports on prisoners.

Desired Skills

Reading Comprehension
Active Listening
Critical Thinking
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Company: Ministry of Justice

Location: Market Harborough LE16


Company: Ministry of Justice

Location: Nottingham NG5


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