Forensic Security Officer - Full Time
Port Coquitlam, BC
Forensic Security Officer
Regular Full-Time
$23.58 per hour
Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, Port Coquitlam, BC

What we offer to Regular Full-time Forensic Security Officer:
3 month paid on-boarding program with trained, experienced Forensic Security Offers and other external parties
Development and growth opportunities with continuous training through the BC Justice Institute
Competitive salary and benefits package
Provides safe and secure escorts to all maximum security/high risk persons in custody at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital including remands, temporary absences from other correction institutions, immigration holds under the Criminal Code of Canada and persons unfit to stand trial and not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder (NCRMD) under the Mental Health Act; assumes custody of patients and ensures the safety of the public and employees of outside facilities during on-site and off-site escorts; maintains the security of the Review Board of Canada staff and other visitors during parole and/or court proceedings; responds to high risk situations and provides security to visitors to the hospital during regular visiting hours; performs other related security and protection duties/functions and liaises with outside agencies regarding security issues including the transport of persons to court and to other external agencies, as required.

After the initial 3 months of on the job training you will continue to develop and learn new skills through the BC Justice Institute in the following key areas:

Use of Force and Restraint
Criminal Code of Canada
Canadian legislation and statues
Principles of the criminal justice system Application of court and other legal orders
Crisis intervention techniques


Education & Experience:
Grade 12, plus two (2) years' recent related experience in a secure correctional or mental health facility, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Completion of a recognized defensive tactics course including a course in the use of force, metal detection, search and seizure.

Eligible for appointment as a Special Provincial Constable. Current CPR certificate and valid BC Class IV Driver's license.

Skills and Abilities

Working knowledge of applicable legislation and statutes such as the Criminal Code of Canada
Ability to exercise sound judgment and effective interpersonal skills including the ability to control and direct hostile/aggressive behaviour of persons in custody
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
Solid understanding of the use of force and applicable legislation as it relates to the able to retrain uncooperative, hostile or violent persons
Knowledge of the principles of the criminal justice system
Knowledge of the criminal court system including the application of court and other legal orders
Working knowledge of crisis intervention techniques
Ability to work independently and as a member of team
Ability to operate related equipment
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position
If you are ready to launch the next step in your career - Take advantage of this opportunity of “on the job training” and apply today!

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BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services ( provides a diverse range of tertiary, provincial mental health and addictions services to residents across British Columbia through the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions, Heartwood Centre for Women, Forensic Psychiatric Hospital and Regional Clinics, Correctional Health Services, and provincial specialized services. Academic teaching and research are key components of service delivery. We generate knowledge through BCMHARI and lead provincial planning in mental health and substance use and provide consultation to service providers across the province.

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