Career as a Correctional Officer
Working as a Correctional Officer
A Correctional Officer works within a professional team who are responsible for the safe, secure and humane management of prisoners. A Correctional Officer interacts with prisoners to guide and assist them towards rehabilitation and a smooth return back into society upon release.
The role of a Correctional Officer is a challenging but highly rewarding one. Each prisoner offers different challenges and you can find yourself acting as a teacher, counsellor, role model and social worker. So if it is a variety of challenges you are looking for - look no further. If you think you have the empathy and maturity to deal with often difficult situations, we are looking for you.
A Correctional Officer can expect to undertake the following roles:
- Supervising prisoners, which includes monitoring and observing them at all times;
- Employing appropriate security measures to ensure the safe custody of prisoners including monitoring property and equipment and conducting random searches of property and prisoners;
- Advising prisoners of their rights and responsibilities whilst in custody;
- Provide case management to prisoners according to the Tasmania Prison Service (TPS) Integrated Offender Management Framework;
- Demonstrating professional positive role modelling behaviour on daily basis (pro-social modelling);
- Ensuring prisoners maintain acceptable levels of hygiene and cleanliness;
- Assisting in determining a prisoner’s rehabilitation (sentence) plan and encouraging prisoners to participate in their individual rehabilitation and reintegration plans;
- Providing reports on individual prisoners’ rehabilitation progress, or their security, welfare or behaviour;
- Undertaking escorts of prisoners inside the prison;
- Transportation and supervision of prisoners outside the prison;
- Providing formal reports on prisoners or on incidents that occur in the prison;
- Undertaking non-complex investigations;
- Responding to emergencies (including prisoner conflict, injuries and medical crisis);
- Participate in ongoing and regular training to maintain currency of core qualifications;
- Displaying and promoting workplace diversity, integrity, ethics, TPS values and sound Work Health and safety practices.;
- Supporting the implementation of systems, procedures and initiatives throughout the TPS;
- Liaising with TPS staff and external stakeholders;
- Active contribution to the resolution of issues within the work team;
- Operating contemporary corrections technology (including security management systems, CCTV, alarms, radios, etc.).
TPS employees demonstrate ethical behaviour, professionalism and integrity by:
- Being respectful, honest, fair and consistent;
- Being open-minded to other beliefs and opinions;
- Demonstrating enthusiasm and commitment in our work;
- Recognising good work and striving towards continuous improvement;
- Leading by example and taking responsibility for our actions;
- Communicating with our colleagues and others in an accountable and timely manner;
- Embracing the benefits of teamwork.
Download the Tasmania Prison Service Correctional Officer Information Pack (PDF, 1.09MB, 18 pages)