STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
HUMAN RESOURCES


CLASSIFICATION:  CORRECTIONS OFFICER TRAINEE

 

Class Code:  2275-12                                       Date Established:  03-03-81           

 

Occupational Code:  3-2-5                               Date of Last Revision:  12-28-01

 

BASIC PURPOSE:  To monitor movement and maintain the discipline and order of incarcerated residents in treatment housing areas within a state correctional facility.

 

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

        Maintains order and discipline of residents in an assigned area of a corrections facility.

 

        Performs constant surveillance in observing residents and resident activities; corrects, records and reports improper resident behavior.

 

        Applies institutional rules fairly and impartially to residents exhibiting improper behavior or possession of illegal property.

 

        Inspects residents and housing areas to locate contraband.

 

        Escorts residents to and from activity areas; supervises residents scheduled for activity participation.

 

        Physically subdues unruly residents in order to restore order and normal institution routine and responds to calls for assistance from other officers.

 

        Records visitor information and issues passes as necessary for proper security.

 

        Pursues escaping/escaped residents; utilizes weapons and equipment to effectively quell volatile situations.

 

        Rescues injured residents from life-threatening situations or transports them to immediate medical assistance; extinguishes small fires for the purpose of staff and resident safety.

 

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DISTINGUISHING FACTORS:

 

Skill:  Requires skill in applying instructions to accomplish different job functions OR in operating machines for a variety of different purposes.

 

Knowledge:  Requires understanding and using business or trades vocabulary or basic arithmetic to perform standard operating procedures.

 

Impact:  Requires responsibility for contributing to immediate, ongoing agency objectives by facilitating the direct provision of services to the public or other state agencies.  Errors at this level result in inaccurate reports or invalid test results and require significant investment of time and resources to detect.

 

Supervision:  Requires no supervision of employees or functions.

 

Working Conditions:  Requires performing regular job assignments in an extremely disagreeable or dangerous working environment with continuous exposure to an uncontrollable number of hazardous elements, including occupational accidents, injuries, or diseases which result in total disability or death.

 

 

 

Physical Demands:  Requires medium work, including continuous strenuous activities such as frequent reaching, bending, or lifting as well as performing work activities which require fine manual dexterity or coordination in operating machines or equipment.

 

Communication:  Requires obtaining and exchanging information, referring inquiries to the appropriate source, or responding to questions from state employees or members of the general public.

 

Complexity:  Requires a combination of job functions using minimal judgment to perform a variety of job tasks according to clearly prescribed standard practices and procedures.

 

Independent Action:  Requires making a limited number of choices in selecting among alternative courses of action under supervisory guidance and in performing job functions according to a variety of prescribed policies or procedures.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

 

Education:  Graduation from high school or G.E.D. equivalent.

 

Experience:  No previous work experience required; however, experience in correctional work such as military police is desirable.

 

License/Certification:  Must possess a valid New Hampshire driver's license.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

 

1.  Must be at least twenty 20 years of age upon appointment.

2.  For appointment consideration, the Department's selection process requires that candidates successfully participate in a public safety examination to determine eligibility to work in a correctional environment.  Candidates must also pass a job-related physical agility test designed to measure the ability to perform physically demanding tasks.  This test will consist of the Cooper Institute of Aerobics Research Standards, including 1 1/2 mile run, sit ups, push ups, sit and reach flexibility, and one repetition bench press.

3.  Candidates receiving conditional offers of employment must pass a prescribed medical examination.

4.  Candidates must be willing to accept employment at any one of the Department of Corrections locations and assigned activities.

5.  Selected candidates will be required to participate and complete training at the Corrections Academy as scheduled, including qualifications with a pistol and rifle and must obtain certification as a Corrections Officer, during their probationary period.

 

RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS:  Knowledge of individual and group behavior.  Ability to work effectively with residents and to make sound judgments.  Ability to read, write and communicate effectively.  Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations.  Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions.  Ability to observe and report changes in resident personality, demeanor, attitude and degree of program participation.  Ability to cope with crisis situations, including restraint of residents using physical force as needed.  Ability to use firearms and, when necessary, to exercise deadly force.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees.  Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.

 

DISCLAIMER STATEMENT:  This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.

 


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