Job: Detention Guard – #0029 - DG - Merritt

  • Date Posted: March 17, 2017
  • Closing Date:
  • Location: Merritt
  • Hours of Work: Casual, On-Call: Mornings, Evenings, Graveyards
  • 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.

·    4% vacation paid annually

·    AD&D Insurance coverage

·    Employee Assistance Program (EAP)


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 cellblock security (ensure cell doors are locked at all times);

·    Ensure cellblock 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 and :

·    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.

·    Able to obtain and RCMP Reliability and Public Works Reliability Clearance (RCMP Clearance can take 4-6 months to obtain)

·    Demonstrated ability to read, write and speak in English or French as appropriate;

·    Bilingual Guards may be required for some communities;

·    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; and

·    Valid level one First Aid Certificate c/w Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.


Duty-specific Guard training  provided to successful candidates prior to commencement of Guard duties; and refresher training provided to RCMP Guards in accordance with RCMP directives.