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At least 80 new warders needed

The prison in Vä is planning for 72 new places. So about 80 new warders will be needed. The new prison with 100 places will also need to increase its staff considerably.
Kristianstad • Publicerad 16 december 2021
A model of a  cell in Kumla prison has been rigged up in the bus, Ann Skargren shows us. In prison the inmates wear grey, in custody they wear green.
A model of a cell in Kumla prison has been rigged up in the bus, Ann Skargren shows us. In prison the inmates wear grey, in custody they wear green.Foto: Lasse Ottosson

The prison in Vä, with 96 places, deals with sexual offenders. There is a great need for more places. The plan is to extend with about 72 new places, which should be ready for use in 2023.

”We want stable, secure people who meet our high demands”
Ann Skargren, recruiting specialist

The new prison in Kristianstad will have 100 places ( 31 places today) when it is ready in 2024. It will be one of the biggest prisons in the south of Sweden.

Anna Fältman, HR-specialist, and Ann Skargren, recruiting specialist, in place in Kriminalvården's recruiting bus.
Anna Fältman, HR-specialist, and Ann Skargren, recruiting specialist, in place in Kriminalvården's recruiting bus.Foto: Lasse Ottosson
Kriminalvården wants to recruit a lot of new staff, including people from the Kristianstad area.
Kriminalvården wants to recruit a lot of new staff, including people from the Kristianstad area.Foto: Lasse Ottosson

The hunt to find new warders is on. If the prison is extended, 80 new ones will be needed. Many more will also be needed for the new prison.

– We have to get out and be seen already now,, says Ann Skargren, recruitment specialist with Kriminalvården.

”You don't have to be an elite sportsman or woman, but good basic condition and something in your head are necessary”
Ann Skargren, recruitment specialist

– We want stable, secure people who meet our high demands. They come in all shapes and sizes, says Ann Skargren when we meet her in Kriminalvården's recruiting bus which is parked on Stora Tog.

Those who apply for a job must have at least a high school leaving certificate , a driving licence, a good knowledge of Swedish, both spoken and written,, and also some experience of working life.

The union SF says the median salary for a prison officer is 26,500 crowns a month. But salary can vary according to merit.

The prison in Vä has 96 places. It may get another 72 places in two years.
The prison in Vä has 96 places. It may get another 72 places in two years.Foto: Lasse Ottosson

All new recruits are given 24 weeks' training.

– You don't have to be an elite sportsman or woman, but good basic condition and something in your head are necessary, says Ann Skargren.

Jobs in probation and the transport section will be advertised. Later there will also be some jobs for teachers, kitchen staff and nurses.

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