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Prison officers play the most vital day to day roll in the security, treatment and rehabilitation of prisoners. Their main aim, as is that of the whole system, is to try and prevent re-offending. The experience prisoners have in prison and how they are treated by the officers has a direct reflection on their consequent behaviour.
Prison officers will work directly with prisoners at all times of the night and day, with their main remit being management and supervision. Through their own actions and the way they compose themselves officers can promote not only the rules of the prison and what is expected but pro-social behaviour. At all times officers must be vigilant that all rules, orders and instructions are obeyed. More often than not this is for the good of the prisoners as well as to ensure the best possible running of the facility.
Within the daily role prison officers will write reports on prisoners and their shifts, search cells and prisoners when deemed appropriate, ensure respect and hygiene are at acceptable levels and, where necessary, protect the more vulnerable service users.
Prison officers work in shifts and usually belong to a small team of other officers whom they get to know very well. Some officers will have to work nights and most officers are expected to work a 40 hour per week schedule.