Prison Officers’ Professional Profile across Europe is usually defined by law and framed in national legislation as are the needed entry requirements for this job. This professional profile is also integrated into the ESCO system under different labels such as prison officer, Prisoner custody officer, turnkey, prison warden, detention officer, corrections officer, gaoler, prison guard and jailer.
This Professional Profile and Entry Requirements resulted from the analysis of ESCO profiles, the prison officers professional profile and entry requirements in 25 European countries and from a survey carried out in the PO21 workshops, where the participants (prison officers, prison directors, prison trainers, union representatives, psychologists) agreed on the entry requirements and defined a European Prison Officer Profile.
Given its European scope, this Professional Profile integrates the common perspectives of European prison officers, disregarding the specificities of each national system. The entry equirements were developed according to the defined profile and comprise age (minimum and maximum), education level, European nationality (any European country), good health conditions and personal and social skills such as mental health, teamwork and shiftwork. The assessment of the candidates after completing their training was defined as a written test, physical and psychological tests, and the minimum grade for approval.
The importance of an interview to the candidates was also stressed, focusing on the candidates’ motivation, integrity and communication skills without disregarding any other aspects the interviewer considers relevant. The recruitment should be made by national contest.