Prison Custodial Officers – Operational – HMP Birmingham & HMP Oakwood
Salary £19,500 per annum
We are looking to recruit Prison Officer to work in our Prison Establishments based in the West Midlands area.
At HMP Birmingham we are extremely proud of our long history, heritage and the wealth of experience that comes with a prison that has been open since 1849. HMP Birmingham is the first ever public sector prison to be transferred into the private sector estate. The management of the transfer has been professionally handled and is a real credit to all staff involved.
In 2003 the prison underwent a period of considerable change as a result of a multi-million pound investment programme by the Prison Service. 450 additional prisoner places have been added together with new workshops, educational facilities, a new healthcare centre and gymnasium as well as extensions and improvements to existing facilities.
At HMP Oakwood we aim to inspire, motivate and guide prisoners to become the best they can be. We offer state of the art facilities, full time employment, programmes and access to Physical Health and Wellbeing initiatives.
It is located next to the existing HMP Featherstone and HMP Brinsford near Wolverhampton. HMP Oakwood will be one of the largest prisons in England and Wales, providing places for up to 1,605 Category C male prisoners. The prison is expected to be at full capacity by autumn 2012.
PCO Operational Key Responsibilities:
· Maintain restrictions on prisoner’s liberty whilst promoting and protecting their rights in compliance with legislation and company policy and procedures, including security instructions
· Control and supervise the internal and external movements of prisoners in the establishment to ensure required relevant standards and procedures are met.
· Apply all aspects of the Reception and Admissions procedures in an accurate and timely manner to ensure those entering and leaving the establishment are authorised.
· Supervise prisoner activity outside of residential units including Industries, Learning and Skills and PE.
· Ensure own and, when appropriate, others actions reduce risks to security and maintain a safe and secure environment including patrol duties to maintain perimeter security.
· Promote an environment that supports the welfare and safety of staff and prisoners so that prisoner behaviour and the good order of the prison is controlled and maintained.
· Assist in the control of incidents and emergencies to reduce the impact of the incident and bring it to a swift resolution and when appropriate control and restrain prisoners to prevent escape, injury or damage.
· Search individuals, premises and surrounding areas and confiscate prohibited items and / or contraband in order to maintain safety and security in line with standards.
· Maintain the highest standards of care in order to minimise the risk to prisoners of suicide, self-harm and violence.
· Supervise small groups of prisoners identified as requiring continuous watch.
· Communicate and act to promote teamwork and ensure high standards of service delivery.