Recruit Prison Officer - Irish Prison Service

Category: Security
Job Type: Full Time

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The Irish Prison Service is responsible for the provision of safe and secure custody, dignity of care and rehabilitation to people in custody for safer communities. The Irish Prison Service operates as an executive office within the Department of Justice and Equality (“the Department”). It is headed by a Director General supported by a number of Directors. The Irish Prison Service is a key component in our country’s Criminal Justice System ensuring safer community life. It employs approximately 3,400 uniformed and civilian staff.

The Recruit Prison Officer (RPO) is the entry level to the Service. Following the successful completion of 3 years’ service including probation and a Higher Certificate in Custodial Care, the Recruit Prison Officer will be appointed as an established Prison Officer.

Prisons operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As a result, Recruit Prison Officers are required to work an average roster of 39 hours a week, and will be required to work shifts, including night duties, every second weekend, some public holidays and over festive seasons. They are also required to work Additional Hours (AH) over and above the basic rostered hours up to 360 hours per annum.

Working as a Recruit Prison Officer can be complex and difficult, but it can be varied, challenging and highly rewarding. We are looking for individuals who have the capacity to relate to and engage with prisoners, act with professionalism, tolerance and humanity and the ability to role model positive social behaviour. They must also have the ability to think on their feet in dealing with situations which require security and control.

The Recruit Prison Officer 2019 campaign is now closed. However, it is expected that the Irish Prison Service will run future campaigns for Recruit Prison Officers. If you are interested in applying, please register your interest on in order to receive the alert when a campaign is launched.

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