After an early career in the Air Force, Derek G now works as a Prison Officer. The similarities with his earlier career suit him, "You've got guidelines and the people round you want to be doing the same work."
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DescriptionPrison service officers (below Principal Officer) direct, co-ordinate and participate in guarding inmates and maintaining discipline in prisons and other detention centres.
QualificationsThere 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.
- 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’ conduct as necessary.
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