Prison officers observe the conduct and behaviour of inmates in secure facilities to prevent disturbances and escape attempts. They patrol assigned areas and report breaches of rules, unsatisfactory attitudes and prisoner adjustment problems. They also oversee the mental wellbeing of inmates and assist them to access education and rehabilitation programs.
Work is in prisons and correctional facilities.
Suits those with an interest in public safety, security, law and government. Skills in observation and social perceptiveness and negotiation are important.
Apply to the relevant agency within your state or territory government, or directly to private organisations offering placements. You will enter the selection process to become a prison officer and if selected, will complete pre-service training that provides a nationally recognised qualification.
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