Becoming a Prison Officer
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Becoming a Prison Officer

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Also known as Custodial Officer.
Supervises and controls the activities of inmates in a prison or other correctional institution.
Training time - No data available -
Average pay $75,927
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 3,500

What does a Prison Officer do?

  • observing the conduct and behaviour of prisoners to prevent disturbances and escapes
  • inspecting and maintaining the security of locks, window bars, grilles, doors and gates
  • supervising prisoners during work assignments, recreational periods, sporting activities and meals
  • assisting with the implementation of education, rehabilitation and other programs organised for prisoners
  • searching prisoners and cells for weapons, drugs and other contraband items
  • patrolling assigned areas and reporting breaches of rules, unsatisfactory attitudes and prisoner adjustment problems
  • requisitioning prisoners' clothing, toiletries, reading material and other allowable items

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