Proson officer (Former Employee) – HMP Liverpool – 24 January 2018
The prison service is a good career with lots of variety. It requires both team players and staff who can work as an individual. I have been lucky enough to have worked at Liverpool prison for 32 years.
I worked as a prison officer for just over 13 years. As you can imagine I have seen it all. Nowadays the bad days overrule the good days. Prisoners are running the houseblocks. New staff are generally 18-23 with very little life experience, new staff are learning the job from staff with less than 12 months experience. The amount of serious assaults against staff has risen 10 fold, with honestly very little consequence to the offenders. I certainly would not recommend this job to anybody. Very few supportive governors, most governors are out to further their own career by stepping on the shop floor staff. The service needs a complete overhaul from top to bottom. Prison officers are being promoted to senior officers after just coming out of 12 months probation. Think would you want to go home every single night worrying what you had to walk back into the next day? Whether you were going to get seriously assaulted, covered in human excrement, slashed across the face with a razor melted into a toothbrush, find a prisoner hanging, dead! Is it worth it for just over £20k??
Commaradrie, overtime payments.
Daily assaults, high stress rates, inept governors
A failing organisation which puts nepotism and appeasement above the basic point of the Service. The remuneration for the demands of the job fails to recognise the complexity, danger and necessary skills. Underfunded, abysmally managed, in dire need of root and branch reform.
pay, working conditions, risk of assaults, no management support