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A prison officer has responsibility for the security, supervision, training and rehabilitation of people committed to prison by the courts. This includes motivating prisoners to do what is best for themselves and others around them within a safe and healthy environment.
In addition to their custodial duties, prison officers must be able to establish and maintain positive working relationships with prisoners, balancing authority with a large amount of understanding and compassion, in order to effect rehabilitation.
The nature of the role demands the ability to think on your feet, make quick decisions and deal effectively with unexpected situations.
Some aspects of the work vary according to the type of prison and level of security, e.g. category A prisoners require closer supervision than category C. However, typical work activities include:
Higher grade prison officers have extra responsibilities, such as supervising other officers or looking after an area or wing of the prison.
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