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There's nothing uniform about a day in uniform

GABY, 2017 cohort

There's nothing uniform about a day in uniform

Prison life Back to top

There is no such thing as a typical day for a prison officer. The regime provides a structure but you could be working on the wing, inducting new arrivals, escorting a prisoner to court or doing security checks. 

Watch the video below to find out more about what a prison officer’s day is like:

Being a prison officer means having to quickly assess new situations and weigh up different options. Our interactive test below gives you the opportunity to try some real life scenarios from the landings:

A big part of the prison officer role is assisting prisoners. Watch the video below to hear from a prisoner about the skills he has gained while inside, and the difference a prison officer’s support made when he needed it most: