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Correctional service officers

National Occupation Code (NOC): 4422

Correctional service officers guard offenders and detainees and maintain order in correctional institutions and other places of detention. They are employed by federal, provincial and municipal governments. Correctional service officers who are supervisors are included in this unit group.

Job Duties for Correctional service officers

  • Observe conduct and behaviour of offenders and detainees to prevent disturbances and escapes
  • Supervise offenders during work assignments, meals and recreation periods
  • Patrol assigned area and report any problems to supervisor
  • Conduct security checks and scanning of visitors, inmates and their cells, working areas and recreational activity areas
  • Observe behaviour of offenders and prepare reports
  • Escort detainees in transit and during temporary leaves
  • Prepare admission, program, release, transfer and other reports
  • May supervise and co-ordinate work of other correctional service officers.

Working Conditions for Correctional service officers

Work is performed in correctional facilities, with irregular hours often necessary. This may range from being on cell patrol, postings on watch towers, or monitoring cameras in a surveillance room. Workers need high levels of mental and physical fortitude and communication skills to defuse potentially dangerous situations with inmates.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Convict Guard
  • Correctional Facility Guard
  • Correctional Institution Guard
  • Correctional Institution Head Matron
  • Correctional Officer
  • Correctional Officers Supervisor
  • Correctional Service Officer
  • Correctional Services Unit Supervisor
  • Corrections Officer
  • Detention Attendant
  • Detention Guard
  • Escort - Correctional Services
  • Head Correctional Officer
  • Head Matron - Correctional Service
  • Institution Guard - Correctional Service
  • Jail Guard
  • Jailer
  • Matron - Correctional Service
  • Penal Institution Guard
  • Penitentiary Guard
  • Prison Guard
  • Prison Officer
  • Reformatory Guard
  • Correctional Facility Guard
  • Correctional Officers Supervisor
  • Correctional Service Officer
  • Prison Guard
  • Detention Attendant