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
- 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.
related to this Career
- Higher National Diploma (HND) in Public ServicesFTLevel 52 Years
- BA (Hons) in Public Services Management (Top-Up Degree)FTLevel 61 Year
- BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Public ServicesFTLevel 11 Year
- Subject AreaBusiness
- Subject AreaFoundation Learning
- Subject AreaHigher Education
- Subject AreaLeadership and Management
- Subject AreaVocational