Guards inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.
This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Correction Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Conducts head counts to ensure that each prisoner is present.
- Monitors conduct of prisoners in housing unit, or during work or recreational activities, according to established policies, regulations, and procedures, to prevent escape or violence.
- Inspects conditions of locks, window bars, grills, doors, and gates at correctional facilities to ensure security and help prevent escapes.
- Records information, such as prisoner identification, charges, and incidences of inmate disturbance, and keeps daily logs of prisoner activities.
- Searches prisoners and vehicles and conducts shakedowns of cells for valuables and contraband, such as weapons or drugs.
- Uses weapons, handcuffs, and physical force to maintain discipline and order among prisoners.
- Guards facility entrances to screen visitors.
- Inspects mail for the presence of contraband.
- Maintains records of prisoners' identification and charges.
- Processes or books convicted individuals into prison.
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