A recruitment drive for an additional 360 prison officers has been announced.
The Irish prison service will take on 120 new officers per year for the next three years with the first recruits entering the Irish Prison Service College in early 2017.
Recruit Prison Officer is the entry level to the Service and following the completion of 3 years’ service and the Higher Certificate in Custodial Care (HCCC) the new Recruit Prison Officer will be appointed as an Established Prison Officer.
This campaign is the first competition for recruit Prison Officers to be held for the Irish Prison Service since 2008.
“This campaign will see the welcome addition of new Prison Officers to our prisons,” Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said, announcing the jobs. “The new staff will ensure that the Irish Prison Service is renewed and has the capacity to continue to provide safe, secure custody and rehabilitation in all prisons throughout the country”.
Fitzgerald also said she like to see members of minority and new communities applying so that the workforce of the Irish Prison Service reflected the diversity of our society.
“Prison staff must have the capacity to relate to and engage with prisoners, act with professionalism and integrity, have tolerance and humanity and the ability to role model positive social behaviour,” she said.
“It is an important job and prison staff play a special role on behalf of society.”