Position: Prison Officer
Employment: Full Time
Location: HMYOI Aylesbury
Salary: From £27,692 per annum
Working in a prison is not for everyone, but if you are one of the few with the right blend of skills and qualities, it is a secure and very rewarding career. Day to day, you will help to create a safe and secure environment where rehabilitation is supported and encouraged.
In return, you will receive great training, excellent benefits and the chance to change lives for the better.
You will be required to manage and be able to deal with a range of responsibilities, and could be, but not limited to:
- Conducting searches on prisoners, staff and visitors
- Responding to and effectively managing a range of incidents as ‘first on the scene’ and back up support
- Keeping detailed records on centralised systems and completing timely reports, to include updating and writing prisoner reports
- Following national and local regulations and policies
- Building and maintaining strong professional relationships with your colleagues and prisoners
- Supporting prisoners to achieve their rehabilitation goals
- Advising and counselling prisoners and ensuring they are aware/have access to professional help if needed
- Be aware of prisoners’ rights, dignity and personal responsibility
- Dealing with prisoners from a diverse background or religion, and those who come with their problems i.e. drug dependant, mental health issues, etc.
- Working as a team to provide constant and consistent support to the prisoners
Skills & Behaviours:
The role of a Prison Officer requires a whole variety of skills and attributes to fulfil this role, and vary from:
- Personal integrity, resilience and patience
- Assertiveness and self-motivation
- Physical stamina
- Self-confidence and emotional intelligence
- Organised, work methodically with attention to detail
- Potential for leadership and ability to take responsibility
- Excellent communication and people skills
- Ability to think on your feet and make quick effective decisions
- Deal effectively with unexpected situations
- Demonstrate understanding without compromising the role
The role will require a Prison Officer to work shifts, and will include early days, late nights, weekends and bank holidays. You can be contracted to 37, 39 or 41 hours per week.
Position: Operational Support Grade
Employment: Full Time
Location: HMYOI Aylesbury
Salary: From £16,000 per annum
Working in a prison is not for everyone, but if you are one of the few with the right blend of skills and qualities this could be the job for you. Day to day, you will support operations to create a safe and secure environment.
This is a full time, permanent job, working a shift pattern. You will need to work a shift pattern, and be required to work every other weekend.
The job holder will carry out a range of activities across key areas of the establishment including gate procedures, visitor checks and monitoring, censorship of mail and telephones and reception duties. They will also be flexibly deployed to provide a range of other support service activities within operational areas of an establishment when required. This is an operational support job with no line management responsibilities.
Responsibilities, Activities and Duties
The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:
- Gate/Portal duties: ensuring the secure entry and exit of staff, visitors/vehicles; carry out searches of staff, prisoners, visitors, contractors and vehicles. Issue and collect staff keys / radios
- Contractor Escorts: be responsible for identifying and escorting vehicles and contractors within the establishment
- Emergency Control Room/Control Room: operate the establishment radio system and monitor Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) ensuring all suspicious activities are reported and ensure personal actions are compliant with Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA). May be required to train staff in radio procedures
- Visits: book visits; identify and process visitors on their arrival, escorting them if required; ensure all visitors both domestic and official are appropriately searched and their details are collated
- Censors/Correspondence: monitor/log mail and report any illicit or contraband items, maintaining the preservation of evidence
- Monitor phone calls made by prisoners
- Night Duties: ensure cell doors are locked/secure and all prisoners are safely accounted for
- Reception: assist in supporting appropriate tasks within reception ensuring that any prisoner queries and property are processed appropriately; Photograph prisoners; Collate all relevant documentation for the Reception/Property process; Search/x-ray incoming prisoner property and parcels accepted in Reception; Receive items for prisoners and check all seals are intact on property storage
- Prisoner supervision: supervise prisoners as required; undertake prisoner clothing/property exchange and assist officers with free flow movement and the receiving of prisoners when required
- Food delivery: undertake food trolley delivery and collection, which may involve the use of an electric tug vehicle
- Driver: Transport prisoners and their escorts to their destination in the cellular vehicle where applicable; Collect mail from local sorting office
- Monitor the prisoners Personal Identification Number (PIN) Phone system maintaining the log of PIN Phone requests from prisoners; Complete all relevant paperwork keeping an audit trail of conversations
- Complete Security Incident Reports (SIR) for intelligence gained from monitoring phone calls or illicit / contraband items found
- Check that any legal numbers are registered solicitors Undertake other support services tasks including:
- Understand, apply and conform to national and local polices
- Respond appropriately to invoke emergency procedures in line with Local Security Strategy (LSS) and National Security Framework (NSF), utilising knowledge of local contingency plans and the actions required in relation to incidents. Any initial decisions or actions will need to be referred to management for further action.
- Undertake administrative duties relating to area of work as required
The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The Job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the Job Holder
All of the competencies in the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) Competency and Qualities Framework are relevant to this group profile. For the purpose of selection the following competencies will be measured:
- Leading and Communicating
- Collaborating and Partnering
- Managing a Quality Service
- Achieving a Safe and Secure in Environment
- Basic IT Skills
- An ability to fulfill all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh
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