CLASSIFICATION: CORRECTIONS SERGEANT
Class Code: 2276-18 Date Established: 03-03-81
Occupational Code: 3-2-5 Date of Last Revision: 09-08-10
BASIC PURPOSE: To review and enforce discipline, orderly behavior and confinement of incarcerated residents and to ensure security within an assigned area of a state correctional facility.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Conducts ongoing security checks in assigned area, including reviewing resident behavior and reporting violations, improper resident conduct, and potential security breaches.
· Supervises, trains, and evaluates subordinate Corrections Officers; demonstrates correct work methodologies as appropriate.
· Issues and controls security enforcement equipment, including keys, key chits, weapons, and ammunition.
· Maintains constant surveillance in order to identify unusual occurrences relating to security breaches; initiates emergency procedures as appropriate.
· Reviews security and authentication of appropriate documents relating to disciplinary hearings and classification hearings.
· Supervises movements and interactions of residents and Corrections Officers, insuring adequate resident supervision and accountability.
· Inspects and searches institution areas for contraband and insures protection of resident possessions or evidential material.
· Prepares written incident and investigative reports; presents information at administrative and judicial hearings.
· Exercises general supervisory police powers (including arrest) on and off grounds of the facility when supervising or pursuing residents.
Skill: Requires skill in recommending routine changes in standardized operating procedures OR in retrieving, compiling, and reporting data according to established procedures OR in operating complex machines.
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 summarizing data, preparing reports, and making recommendations based on findings which contribute to solving problems and achieving work objectives. This level also requires presenting information for use by administrative-level managers in making decisions.
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 it’s equivalent.
Experience: Two years’ experience as a Corrections Officer or equivalent experience such as law enforcement, police work, or military experience in penology or law enforcement.
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: Considerable knowledge of criminal justice methods, practices and procedures. Considerable knowledge of the methods and objectives of discipline. Knowledge of firearms and their use. Ability to direct the work of subordinates in groups. Ability to command respect from both residents and subordinates. Ability to act quickly and decisively and to demonstrate leadership in emergency situations. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, 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.