Career outlook for prison officer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would supervise people who are in a prison, remand centre or young offenders' institution to make sure they are secure, safe and looked after.
You would be part of a team that would help the inmates change their behaviour so they can improve their lives when they leave.
Your exact duties would depend on the type of prison, its level of security and the age of the prisoners.
In general, you would:
- Keep inmates secure
- Assess prisoners
- Carry out security checks and searches
- Promote anti-bullying and suicide prevention policies
- Supervise prisoners
- Maintain order, sometimes using authorised physical control
- Prepare inmates for release
- Provide support to prisoners who are vulnerable
- Take part in programmes to help prisoners understand their behaviour
- Write reports on prisoners
With experience, you could take on extra duties such as training staff and managing a section of a prison.
You would need to have the confidence to cope with prisoners who may be abusive and possibly violent.
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