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Company Name : Middlesex County
Company Location : 219 Black Horse Ln Ste 1, North Brunswick, NJ 08902
Job Position : Juvenile Detention Officer
Job Category : Jobs in New Jersey

Job Description :

Overview:

Under general direction of a supervisory employee during an

assigned tour of duty, controls the general conduct and behavior

of juvenile residents, the maintenance of discipline, and

custodial, recreational, transportation, and housekeeping

functions; does other related duties as required.

FOR POSITIONS ASSIGNED TO PROVIDE MANAGEMENT

OF A HOME DETENTION PROGRAM:
Under general direction of a supervisory employee responsible

for carrying out the daily operations and maintenance of an

electronic monitoring / home detention program for juveniles

as well as adult detainees on a 24/7 on-call status.

Responsibilities:

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

Transports juvenile residents to various locations outside the

institution using a van/car to assist them in obtaining needed

treatments, attend court, and so forth.

Supervises and/or participates in various programs/activities

with juvenile residents to stimulate interest in and cooperation

with various social/education programs.

Provides advice to individual juvenile residents on personal

problems they encounter while in the institution such as peer

pressure, adapting to the surroundings, and so forth by

presenting a positive role model and using common sense to

relieve tension and prevent additional problems.

Keeps track of assigned juveniles under immediate charge

through periodic head counts, and records schedules, activities,

incidents, and so forth in a log book to be aware at all times of

the whereabouts of juvenile residents.

Uses appropriate techniques to calm disruptive juvenile residents

in a potentially dangerous situation and may physically restrain

them to prevent them from endangering their health/safety or

others.

Observes unusual physical appearance/behavior of juvenile

residents to uncover violations of institutional rules and

protect the health, security, safety, and welfare of juvenile

residents.

Detects unusual odors such as marijuana, cigarette smoke,

fires, or alcohol to uncover violations, and protects the security,

safety, and welfare of juveniles.

Listens for unusual sounds such as a sudden change in noise

level, calls for help, cries of fire, arguments among juvenile

residents, scraping of metal, and so forth to maintain the

security, safety, and welfare of the juvenile residents, and to

react in accord with established policies/regulations/procedures

in crisis situations.

Learns the names and recognizes juvenile residents under

immediate charge and maintains a constructive personal

relationship with them to control their general conduct/behavior

and to identify potential problems.

Patrols various locations within the institution for the purpose

of checking safety/security hazards such as fire, smoke, broken

pipes, unlocked doors, and tampered windows/locks to protect

the security/safety of juveniles and the institution.

Searches juveniles clothing/possessions, and makes periodic

room checks to detect contraband in accord with established

policies, regulations, and procedures.

Supervises, performs, and instructs juvenile residents in

housekeeping duties such as sweeping/mopping floors, making

beds, and so forth to maintain sanitary conditions in resident areas.

Ensures that juveniles maintain personal hygiene.

Listens on conversations among juvenile residents to detect

possible security problems such as planning of escapes and

so forth, and reports such information in accord with established

policies, regulations, and procedures.

Writes comprehensive, factual, incident reports and/or fills out

short forms such as head counts and safety reports to give

routine, detailed information.

Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic

and/or manual recording and information systems used by the

agency, office, or related units.

FOR POSITIONS ASSIGNED TO PROVIDE MANAGEMENT

OF A HOME DETENTION PROGRAM:

Provide 24-hour on-call support to families and clients in

the event of emergencies and alert warnings involving

monitoring equipment.

Ensures compliance with court orders and terms of home

detention.

Completes home inspections including an interview with

family at home.

Transports the detainee to home and set-up monitoring

equipment.

Perform all home detention installations and disconnects

including all necessary set-up and termination with the

monitoring company.

Ensure that the home detention program has the proper

equipment in the office at all times and that it is in working

order.

Establishes, updates and maintains case files.

Replace transmitter or unit placed in the house when it

is not working properly.

Review billing from monitoring company for each client.

Maintains contact with contract detention facility

concerning the status of the juvenile detainees, their

progress educationally, their disciplinary issues, if any,

and their general adjustment to the detention environment.

Perform daily checks on a client’s whereabouts, e.g., school,

probation appointments, employment or programs.

Serves as the liaison to the Family Court on the status of juveniles

in detention, receiving and communicating Court requirements

to the contract facility and reporting to the Court as needed

on progress or difficulties of the juveniles placed by the court

in the contract facility.

Acts as a liaison between the detention center and state and

local agencies e.g., Superior Court, Probation, Juvenile Justice

Commission, Family Case Management, substance abuse

treatment programs, school or work.

Make visits to the contract family to establish and maintain

a working relationship with the administrative, educational

and medical components of the facility. Will report on these

matters to the Warden and take the lead in working through

any issues that may need adjustment or better understanding.

Notify the Department of Corrections Transport Unit of need

to move juveniles to detention and schedule the transport.

Issue warning letters to detainees who show adjustment problems.

Conduct random urinalysis tests on detainees.

May assist the Coordinator of Juvenile Detention Services

in the management of the juvenile detention population held

in another county under contract.

Writes comprehensive, factual, incident reports.

Qualifications:

EDUCATION:

Graduation from high school or vocational school or possession of

an approved high school equivalency certificate.

TRAINING:

Appointees will be required to successfully complete a training

program approved by the New Jersey Police Training Commission

within the time period prescribed by law or the New Jersey Police

Training Commission.

CITIZENSHIP

Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

LICENSE:

Appointees will be required to possess a driver’s license

valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather

than employee mobility, is necessary to perform essential

duties of the position.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Ability to cope with crisis situations that occur in a juvenile

detention facility.

Ability to apply knowledge and use of sound judgment in critical

situations.

Ability to empathize with juveniles from different backgrounds.

Ability to write concise, accurate reports.

Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual

recording and information systems used by the agency, office,

or related units.

FOR POSITIONS ASSIGNED TO PROVIDE MANAGEMENT

OF A HOME DETENTION PROGRAM:

Ability to learn to use electronic monitoring equipment.

Ability to function under difficult or stressful conditions

both in the field and before the Courts.

Ability to utilize program assessment tools to efficiently and

correctly evaluate program applicants as well as their living

situations for suitability in the Home Detention Program.

Ability to interact and communicate with various professionals

e.g., Judges, Court personnel, law enforcement, social service

Personnel, program participants, their families and so forth.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in

English sufficiently to perform duties of this position. American

Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable

forms of communication.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long

as they can perform essential functions of the job with or without

reasonable accommodation. If the accommodation cannot be

made because it would cause the employer undue hardship,

such persons may not be eligible.

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