Job: Detention Guard – #DG-BL

  • Date Posted: January 19, 2016
  • Closing Date:
  • Location: Burns Lake
  • Hours of Work: Casual
  • Salary/Wage:


Detention guards-RCMP monitor and safeguard persons in custody. Applicant must live within a 30 minute drive of the Detachment and be flexible as this position is casual, call in as required.

Physical handling of prisoners is not a job requirement for Detention Guards.  Any movement of Prisoners will be conducted by the RCMP.  Guard duties are to monitor prisoners and to document prisoner movement/activities, as per RCMP policy guidelines.


  • Competitive wage
  • 4% vacation pay, uniform  shirt supplied,
  • AD&D Insurance in effect for portal to portal
  • EAP (Employee Assistance  Program)
  • Many discounts offered to employees of Commissionaires BC (listed on employee website)

Job Duties:

  • Monitor all prisoners to ensure their security and well being
  • Observe and check prisoners frequently and irregularly
  • Assist RCMP member when required to search prisoners (training provided)
  • Organize meals, record prisoner activity and maintain a prisoner activity logbook
  • Watch prisoners while in hospital when required
  • Maintain cleanliness and tidiness of cells when vacated or arrange janitor assistance
  • Record and report any damages or repairs to cells
  • Conduct searches of cells prior to occupation and when cells are vacated
  • Maintain cell block security (ensure cell doors are locked at all times)
  • Ensure cell block keys are tagged and stored safely
  • Ensure all personal effects removed from prisoners are properly secured
  • Monitor fire safety and be fully conversant with fire orders
  • Handle and dispense laundry items
  • Under the supervision of the RCMP Officer, dispense approved prescription medications to persons in custody
  • Perform other duties particular to that station or detachment as outlined in the Unit

Required Skills, Knowledge & Abilities

At a minimum, Guards must meet the following educational and training qualifications prior to commencement of guard duties:

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to read, write and speak in English or French as appropriate
  • Valid level one First Aid Certificate c/w Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (must have upon hire)
  • Basic level computer skills an asset
  • Vision: Visual standards are RCMP-V4 (eye glasses permitted)
  • Able to use both hands
  • Occasionally required to manipulate / lift up to 20 kg
  • Able to bend at the waist and climb stairs without restrictions or the use of assistive devices
  • Bilingual guards may be required for some communities 
  • WHIMS is an asset

Required Training

  • Duty-specific guard training provided to successful candidates prior to commencement of guard duties
  • Refresher training provided to RCMP guards in accordance with RCMP directives

Note: RCMP Clearances expectation is three (3) months – shifts will be granted when clearances are complete.