Forensic Services Officer – Maximum and Multi-Level Security Units – BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services – Coquitlam, BC

PHSA


Forensic Services Officer – Maximum and Multi-Level Security Units BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services
Coquitlam, BC

What you’ll do


  • As sworn Special Provincial Constables under the BC Police Act, FSOs provide overall security of the facility through the administration of a variety of safety and security systems such as TRAKA key management, personal protective alarm duress system, Lenel access control, video surveillance, sign-in registry, and the fire monitoring system. Ensure access control remains current for approved individuals; monitor and ensure the integrity of the physical and legal boundaries of the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital.
  • Conduct regular security patrols around the facility buildings and perimeter and conduct the initial investigation into security-related occurrences, including potential threats of targeted violence.

    Ensure that only authorized vehicles enter and leave the facility.
  • Monitor the movement and activities of persons in custody and visitors in outside areas, including supervised grounds, to ensure compliance with hospital policies; perform and maintain lock-down of all hospital corridors, Sally Port, and other areas as required.
  • In support of the clinical risk assessment of in-custody patients, consult with and support clinical staff and others to ensure appropriate security precautions are implemented safely, such as those outlined in patient-specific intervention plans.
  • Screen visitors and record personal information of the visitor to ensure visitors are approved to enter the approved visiting areas; disallow items and/or visitors from entering the visiting area, as required. Escort the public to and from the visiting area and, as required, remove visitors from the designated area, as appropriate.
  • Utilize technology such as the Narcotics Identification System (NIK) and X-ray scanners to confirm the presence of illegal substances/materials or items.

    Scan mail and search visitors, patients for the same; confiscate contraband and catalog, destroy, and/or retain contraband in a secured area for evidentiary purposes.

  • What you bring


    Qualifications

  • 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. Occupational First Aid Level 2.
  • Eligible for appointment as a Special Provincial Constable.
  • Current CPR certificate and valid BC Class V Driver’s license.
  • Skills and Knowledge

  • Working knowledge of applicable legislation and statutes such as the Criminal Code of Canada and Mental Health Act.
  • Ability to exercise effective interpersonal skills including the ability to control and direct hostile/aggressive behaviour of persons in custody while maintaining self-control.
  • Ability to exercise good judgement, make quick decisions and give instructions or directions in emergencies.
  • 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.
  • Ability to exercise and display compassion and understanding for patients.
  • Commitment to develop knowledge and understanding of legislative obligations and provincial commitments found in the foundational documents – including Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight (2020), BC’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Reclaiming Power and Place Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Calls for Justice (2019), the Declaration Act Action Plan and Remembering Keegan: A First Nations Case Study – and how they intersect across the health care system.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have: Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities of settler colonialism on Indigenous Peoples and familiarity with addressing Indigenous-specific anti-racism, anti-racism and Indigenous Cultural Safety and foundational documents and legislative commitments (The Declaration Act, the Declaration Action Plan, TRC, IPS, Remembering Keegan, etc.).

  • What we bring

    Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families.

    Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.
  • Location:  70 Colony Farm Road, Coquitlam, V3C 5X9
    Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
    Hours of Work:
    Rotating; 0700-1500/1500-2300



    Requisition:  # 167474E

    As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.



    What we do

     (BCMHSUS) cares for people with complex mental health and substance use challenges.


    BCMHSUS is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

    The Provincial Health Services Authority () plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province.

    Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.



    Learn more about PHSA and our programs: 

    PHSA and BCMHSUS are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.



    PHSA is committed to equity in our hiring and employment practices.

    With learning and compassion, we are addressing existing inequities and barriers throughout our systems. PHSA is seeking to create a diverse workforce and to establish an inclusive and culturally safe environment.

    We invite applications and enquiries from all people, particularly those belonging to the historically, systemically, and/or persistently marginalized groups identified under the Human Rights Code.

    One of PHSA’s North Star priorities is to eradicate Indigenous-specific racism, which includes dismantling barriers to health care employment at every level. We welcome Indigenous individuals to apply and/or contact the Sanya’kula Team (Indigenous Recruitment & Employee Experience) for support at .



    Indigenous-specific anti-racism initiatives are rooted in addressing the unique forms of discrimination, historical and ongoing injustices, and marginalization faced by Indigenous peoples.

    These initiatives align with an Indigenous rights-based approach, recognizing the inherent rights and self-determination of Indigenous communities. PHSA must uphold legislative obligations and provincial commitments found in the foundational documents such as including Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight (2020), BC’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Reclaiming Power and Place Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Calls for Justice (2019), the Declaration Act Action Plan and Remembering Keegan: A First Nations Case Study.