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Correctional Officers

Descriptions & Duties

  • Correctional Officers are mainly deployed to supervise junior staff, persons under custody, young persons in a training/ rehabilitation centre and drug dependants in a drug addiction treatment centre. They supervise and coordinate working schedule of other correctional service officers and assistant officers, and enforce rules and keeping order within prisons or institutions work in a prison hospital or in the Rehabilitation Unit; or undertake specific catering duties in penal institutions. They are subject to the provisions of the Prisons Ordinance.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity

 

Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required

 

Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology

 

Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required

 

Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking

 

Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required

 

Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression

 

Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required

 

Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion

 

Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required

 

Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making

 

Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required

 

Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently

 

Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required

 

Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources

 

Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required

 

Trade Specific Competencies

Knowledge and skills in managing custodial environment

Correctional Officers maintain a safe and secure custodial environment and help the person in custody regenerate and rejoin the community. They have to keep calm when confronting with hostile situations and dealing with emergency situations.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • A bachelor's degree; or diploma/ higher diploma/ associate degree, or certificate of Registration (Pt II) by Nursing Council of Hong Kong (NCHK); or attained Level 3 in 5 Subjects in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE); or have a diploma in social work; Cert of Reg (Pt I) by NCHK; or attained Level 3 in 4 Subjects in HKDSEE

Other specific requirements

  • Level 1 in English & Chinese in Common Recruitment Examination (CRE) or Level 2 or above in Chinese Language and English Language in HKDSEE; pass a Physical Fitness Test; speak fluent Cantonese and English

Career Path & Salary

Government Sector

Monthly Salary General Disciplined Services (Officer) Pay Scale Point 5-21

Monthly Salary General Disciplined Services (Officer) Pay Scale Point 22-26

Monthly Salary General Disciplined Services (Officer) Pay Scale Point 27-32

Monthly Salary General Disciplined Services (Officer) Pay Scale Point 33-36

Monthly Salary General Disciplined Services (Officer) Pay Scale Point 37-39

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.
http://www.csb.gov.hk/english/admin/pay/952.html

Work Environment

  • Correctional Officers may be required to wear uniform, work shifts and live in departmental quarters.

Tools

  • Electric stun gun
  • Riot batons - Expandable batons
  • Riot helmets - Riot protection helmets
  • Riot shields - Tactical riot shields
  • Safety glasses - Protective safety glasses

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