Custody Service Employees (CSEs), are responsible for upholding sentences and orders issued by the courts. Correctional Officers, Facility Youth Workers, Parental Care Workers, and Mental Health Correctional Officers are all CSEs.
CSEs provide care, custody and case management services for the control and supervision of offenders in a facility setting. CSEs assist offenders in coping with incarceration, and they promote safe communities by strengthening offenders' abilities to live in and contribute to their communities.
There are many varied employment opportunities within the Saskatchewan Ministry of Corrections and Policing. The role of a CSE is thought to be one of the most challenging and fulfilling.
Some elements of the specific roles are explained below.
Correctional Officer - Adult Facility
Correctional Officers provide dynamic security by working with offenders to develop respectful relationships and case plans to address their needs. They also provide static security, which includes such responsibilities as locking doors, radio communication, searching offenders, conducting counts and performing crisis intervention. They may be assigned to work in normal living units housing lower security offenders, or higher security areas for those needing additional control. Remand units exist for those awaiting trial or a disposition from the courts.
Mental Health Correctional Officers working at Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford are part of an interdisciplinary team working collaboratively to provide patient care following a therapeutic model. Mental Health Correctional Officers are responsible for dynamic and static security, the overall security of the hospital, assisting in patient care and providing programming to patients.
Correctional Officer - Adult Reduced Custody Facilities
In community training residences, correctional camps, and community correctional centres, Correctional Officers work in a controlled residential environment to provide dynamic and static security, and participate in one-on-one and group interventions, addressing offender needs.
Facility Youth Worker - Youth Facility
A Facility Youth Worker works with youths aged 12 to 17 in an open and/or secure custody facility. Facility Youth Workers are responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of the youth. This includes supervision and static security practices, as well as practising dynamic responsibilities through assessment, counselling, program delivery and case management.
Parental Care Worker - Youth Facility
A Parental Care Worker provides security and care for youth aged 12 to 17 in an open and/or secure custody facility. Parental Care Workers escort youth, observe behaviours and situations, and accurately report these to other members of the case management team, i.e. Facility Youth Workers. Parental Care Workers are also responsible to supervise groups of youth.
Saskatchewan Corrections Code of Professional Conduct
The purpose of the Saskatchewan Corrections Code of Professional Conduct is to communicate an expectation of acceptable conduct and provide guidance in ethical decision-making for all employees of the Ministry of Corrections and Policing. Professional and ethical conduct is a personal responsibility, and all employees are held accountable to ensure their behaviour both in the workplace and in their private lives adheres to the vision, values and the Commitment to Excellence of the Government of Saskatchewan. The Code is regarded as a guiding principle that applies to everything that employees do.
CSEs are required to abide by the Saskatchewan Corrections Code of Professional Conduct.
Whichever CSE career you choose, all individuals must meet the competency requirements, follow the application and selection process, and complete the training program.