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Cell Block Monitors

Permanent Part-time

Kingston Police Cell Block Monitors are civilian staff who monitor and safeguard persons in the custody of the Kingston Police on a 24-hour basis, 7 days per week.  Shifts are 6 hours in length, with a 30-minute break.

Shift Schedule:

0600h – 1200h
1200h – 1800h
1800h – 2400h
2400h – 0600h

Cell Block Monitors must be alert and responsive to ensure the safety of persons in custody.

Applicants must live within a 60-minute drive of Kingston Police headquarters.  This position is permanent part-time, and employees are expected to be available to work on a continuous, weekly basis in accordance with a set schedule of up to twenty (20) hours per week, which may include weekend, evening, and night and/or day shifts. 


  • Monitor all prisoners to ensure their security and well-being
  • Observe and perform visual checks on prisoners every 15 minutes via walkthrough of prisoner cell block
  • Maintain cellblock security, ensuring all areas remain locked at all times
  • Organize and distribute meals, record prisoner activity and maintain a prisoner activity logbook
  • Record and report any damages or repairs to cells
  • Conduct searches of cells prior to occupation and when cells are vacated
  • Ensure all personal effects removed from prisoners are properly secured and recorded
  • Ensure prisoners receive their prescription medication as required, under the supervision of the Watch Commander
  • Monitor fire safety and be familiar with fire general orders
  • Prepare reports or statements upon request
  • Testify in court as required


  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Completed a minimum Grade 12 or equivalent
  • Valid First Aid Certificate - CPR Level C
  • Ability to participate in psychological testing and psychological interview with Kingston Police for a Cell Block Monitor position and meet suitability requirements
  • Ability to deal with clients in a tactful and courteous manner
  • Demonstrated discretion and integrity in safeguarding confidential information
  • Ability to communicate in a professional manner, ensuring accurate information is conveyed
  • Self-motivation and be able to work with minimal supervision
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy in work, including data entry
  • Ability to lift up to 10 kg

Salary and Benefits

The hourly wage for cell block monitors ranges from $18.11 to $23.47. Pay increases are based on the step progressions defined in the Kingston City Police Association Civilian Collective Agreement.

Employee Assistance Program

All employees have access to our Employee Assistance Program through Homewood Health.

Health and Wellness Service

An on site Registered Occupational Therapist is available to provide wellness check-ins and support for all employees.

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