CLASSIFICATION: CORRECTIONS CORPORAL
Class Code: 2271-16 Date Established: 03-03-81
Occupational Code: 3-2-5 Date of Last Revision: 09-08-10
BASIC PURPOSE: To enforce discipline, orderly behavior and confinement of incarcerated residents within an assigned area of a state correctional facility.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Observes resident movement and behaviors to watch for potential violations of conduct and to intercept or impede activities which could lead to escape or violent incidents.
· Performs security work involving the control of keys, firearms and other sensitive items within the institution; supervises movement of residents in accordance with operational schedules.
· Enforces security perimeters, including traffic through the facility gates, to forestall security violations.
· Supervises employees performing similar custodial work and reviews the accuracy of resident counts made by subordinate Corrections Officers.
· Prepares incident and investigative documents and reports information at administrative and judicial hearings.
· Assists Corrections staff in guarding residents assigned to exterior work details.
· Exercises general police powers (including arrest) on and off the grounds of the facility complex when supervising or pursuing residents.
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 a significant investment of time and resources to detect.
Supervision: Requires direct supervision of other employees doing related or similar work, including scheduling work, recommending leave, reviewing work for accuracy, performance appraisal, or interviewing applicants for position vacancies.
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 explaining facts, interpreting situations, or advising individuals of alternative or appropriate courses of action. This level also requires interviewing or eliciting information from state employees or members of the general public.
Complexity: Requires a combination of job functions to establish facts, to draw daily operational conclusions, or to solve practical problems. This level also requires providing a variety of alternative solutions where only limited standardization exists.
Independent Action: Requires a range of choice in applying a number of technical or administrative policies under general direction and making routine decisions or in recommending modifications in work procedures for approval by supervisor.
Education: Graduation from high school, G.E.D. or its equivalent.
Experience: One year of experience as a Corrections Officer or its equivalent in the areas of law enforcement, police work or the military.
License/Certification: Possession of a valid New Hampshire driver’s license.
1. Must possess and maintain full-time corrections officer certification issued by the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council.
2. Satisfactory completion of ongoing training and performance standards as established by the Department of Corrections.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Knowledge of modern criminal justice methods and practices. Knowledge of correctional law. Knowledge of firearms and their use. Ability to enforce security regulations and other rules relating to institution operations. Ability to supervise residents and subordinate corrections personnel. Ability to issue orders and instructions to subordinate employees. Ability to remain alert and vigilant for considerable periods of time. Ability to act decisively and effectively in emergencies. Ability to observe details and to record and report unusual occurrences. Ability to command respect from subordinates and to exercise independent judgment in accordance with established security procedures. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other law enforcement agencies and the general public. 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.