In a Connecticut correctional institution or community correctional center this class is accountable for the confinement, safety, control and monitoring of sentenced and/or unsentenced inmates and security of the facility.
Works under the general supervision of an officer of higher rank.
May supervise inmate workers in assigned area.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Performs either a concentration or combination of the following functions, depending upon whether duty is on fixed or rotating post assignment:
SECURITY: Performs periodic head count; conducts periodic search of all areas available to inmates; checks all incoming visitors and/or packages and/or mail for contraband; performs pat or strip searches of inmates as needed; secures access points to assigned area; checks area for fire safety and emergency evacuation procedures; monitors all movement through assigned area; transports inmates to and from courts, hospitals, half way houses, other institutions and directed destinations.
INMATE CONTROL: Maintains log of inmate movement into and out of unit and verifies and/or authorizes movement through written (pass) or phone communication with sending and/or receiving staff for such activities as work assignments, counseling sessions, visitors, clinic and dental appointments, court appointments, meals, etc.; directs inmate access to rooms, recreation areas, dining areas, shower and telephone facilities, special group meetings and insures transition is orderly and timely; monitors inmates in above activities and insures discipline and security are maintained; evaluates and reports on inmate performance; participates in directed treatment activities as required; may be required to physically restrain inmates.
ADMINISTRATION: Sets up and/or maintains records relating to admissions, court appearances, property, financial assets, medication, disciplinary actions, living assignments, work assignments, key control, use of force and/or restraint, punitive segregation, etc. in accordance with regulations; insures admissions, transfers and discharges are accompanied by appropriate paperwork; prepares reports and documentation relative to assigned activities; orders and dispenses supplies for assigned area.
COMMUNICATION: Dispenses and collects commissary slips and orders; screens visitors to ascertain if authorized and grants or denies admission on judgment of perceived security risk; responds to emergency requirements in event of fire, escape or call for assistance; handles incidents and crisis situations involving inmates through use of effective oral communication skills; interfaces with related law enforcement personnel; may schedule inmate appointments with counselors, clinics, clergy and school; performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:
Considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to understand departmental and institutional policies and regulations and apply them fairly and consistently; considerable ability to analyze situations quickly and accurately and adopt an effective course of action; considerable ability to work under pressure.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Graduation from high school or certification of having passed the General Educational Development (GED) examination.
Applicants must have reached their 21st birthday.
Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a current Motor Vehicle operator license.
At the time of appointment candidates will be required to participate in a formal training course in correctional work to develop the knowledge of correctional custody procedures necessary to function effectively.
In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made before persons are certified for permanent appointment.
Incumbents in this class must possess general good health, free from any disease or injury which would impair health or usefulness and retain sufficient strength, stamina, agility and visual and auditory acuity to perform the duties of the class. Permanent appointment will be contingent upon successful completion of a medical and physical examination and drug screening.
Incumbents in this class may be exposed to significant stress of confinement within a dangerous and volatile prison population, considerable danger of injury from assaultive and/or abusive inmates and disagreeable conditions.
Appointments to this class will be made from the certified list for Correction Officer. Candidates for these positions will be appointed as Correction Officer Cadets for a ten (10) week period and then promoted to the class of Correction Officer in the first full pay period following completion of the tenth week of the initial probationary period.
This replaces the existing specification for the same class in the same Salary Group CO 07 approved effective March 12, 1999. (Revised to modify Special Requirements section)