Operational Support Officer
February 2012 — Present
I am currently employed at HMP Thameside, located in Southeast London. I began working there just prior to it becoming operational and assisted in preparing the prison for it's very first prisoners. I started as an officer on the Residential Houseblock and was part of a small team responsible for two wings, both of which had the capacity to house 90 prisoners per wing. As a residential officer I was responsible for the direct supervision of prisoners, ensuring my wing ran safely, smoothly and the regime is reflected on the wing on time. Residential officers are tasked with making sure that prisoners complied with all aspects of the prison regime, whilst maintaining security and challenging prisoners displaying negative behaviour.
In August 2012 I moved into a different role as an officer on permanent nights, working 7 nights on and 7 nights off. Working nights permanently was a different challenge, with a greater focus on the security of the entire prison, ensuring the welfare of prisoners and reacting to any incidents that occur during the night. I am trusted to carry out additional duties which are to assist the Night Orderly Officer in completing the relevant paperwork that is prepared during the night.
In both roles I was required to complete a great deal of paperwork and reports to a very high standard because all documents could potentially be required in court at a later date.