Callenging, but rewarding
Senior Prison Officer (Former Employee) – HMP Wealstun – 29 August 2012
I enjoyed working for HM Prison Service as it encouraged people to work well as a team. It is a diverse environment where something new could be learned everyday. IThe service prided itself on maintaining security and maintained a good health & safety policy. It provided good job security and pension benefits.
However, when the Public sector cuts were announced, the Senior Management team became more focused on retaining their employment and so their physical presence within the prison diminished, lowering moral.
A typical day would be to ensure the safety of staff and prisoners, whilst maintaining security. I was also responsible for ensuring the staffing levels of my dept. were correct, resolving any shortfalls. I line managed 8 officers and encouraged their development. I gained a vast amount of experience in the Security field and am confident in carrying out investigations. I worked well within a team of 24 officers, and I'm also very good working alone. I did not find anything particularly difficult, however, there were times when I personally was responsible for addressing the negative behaviour of prisoners with a violent history. I was given minimal support from the Senior Management team, and learned to deal with any situation with the staff I had to hand. I gained excellent de-escallation techniques. The most enjoyable part of the job was helping distressed prisoners by way of contacting family or outside agencies on their behalf. I also enjoyed helping my staff with any personal or development issues.
Due to Public Sector cuts, I have taken voluntary redundancy. However, due to my experience, I am looking for further challenges or new opportunities within the Security Sector.
dealing with prisoners with serious self-harming issues