Under general supervision, responsible for the supervision of detainees within his/her assigned area; maintains order and security through fair and impartial application of Detention Center policies and procedures and accepted security and supervisory practices; and maintains the highest level of security possible while ensuring safe and humane treatment of all detainees including protection of their rights within the facility.
Communicates effectively with a varied population of offenders, including individuals from diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds. This may include persons for whom English is not a primary language, persons with developmental and learning disorders, or individuals with a wide variety of psychiatric and physical disorders.
Provides direct supervision of offenders within the housing areas of the jail. This will include direct supervision during meal service, security checks, medication distribution, and random or scheduled housing and cell searches.
Responsible for the general offender behavior in areas assigned as their duty station, and directly supervises and escorts offenders within the secured perimeter of the jail as assigned.
Patrols and maintains security of designated areas of the facility and controls traffic to and from specific areas; conducts physical searches of arrestees to protect the safety of all detention center personnel, detainees, and visitors; and conducts physical searches and inspections of cells.
Monitors detainees well-being; summons medical aid; communicates with medical staff; and assists the medical staff in the dispensing of medications according to the medical directives.
Releases detainees and their property according to established procedures, bail, court order or as otherwise ordered by appropriate authorities.
Assigns and directs work on detainee workers.
Efficiently and accurately completes detention center paperwork including, but not limited to: Booking, medication, release records, reports, logs, requests, memos, and rosters.
Assists in some clerical and reception work to support facility programs when clerical staff is unavailable.
Accesses information from computer system in response for information requests from other law enforcement and court agencies.
Appropriately responds to emergencies in the jail, which may include the following: Offender assaults, fires, riots, offender disturbances, explosions, natural disasters, and hostage situations. Immediately and appropriately responds to control these circumstances. This may include the use of appropriate levels of force through physical management of combative, volatile, hostile, and assaultive offenders.
Accurately operates a variety of equipment including computers, printers, FAX, fingerprint machines, physical restraint devices, radios, fire extinguishers, intercom systems, and telephone.
Works a variety of rotating shifts, as well as rotation of positions, and may perform other duties as assigned or required.
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Pod Control Trainee
Prior to the academy, the trainee will undergo an 80-hour training course that teaches the trainee how to effectively operate the pod and provide pod control in the assigned dayroom. While providing pod control, the trainee is assigned to a 12-hour shift (day or night) and is responsible for overseeing detainees for training purposes; documents daily activities; writes incident reports; performs cell checks; and observes and assists detention officers engaged in the demonstration of their duties in providing for the safety, security and welfare of detainees, fellow officers and staff. Assists and supports the officers by running errands, procuring supplies, delivering paperwork, responding to assistance calls, etc.
Under close supervision of the Detention Center Academy Training Lieutenant, Training Sergeants, and assigned training/instructional staff, cadets will undergo an intensive training academy that involves several hours of classroom instruction and rigorous physical training. Cadets will learn to provide for the safety, security and welfare of detainees, fellow officers, staff and the public in a building/section on a certain jail post. After successful completion of the academy and on the job (FTO) training, the Detention Officer will directly supervise detainees and is engaged in all functions related to their welfare, safety and security of the housing unit to which assigned.
ADDITIONAL DUTIES. Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS. Must be 21 years of age at time of application.
Education. High school diploma or GED required.
Experience. Two (2) years of verifiable full-time work experience.
Education/Experience substitution. In accordance with County Policy.
Licenses/Certifications. Valid Driver’s License.
Required certifications are obtained during the 8-week academy and maintained through employment in First Aid, CPR, Defensive Tactics, Firearm, and Bloodborne/Airborne pathogen during the normal training cycles.
Other (e.g., post-offer medical exam, polygraph, background check, driver’s license record, etc.). All qualified applicants will be required to pass written test, oral interview, NCIC check, polygraph, and background investigation. Post-offer of employment tests included psychological exam, physical exam, medical exam, and drug screen.
PLEASE NOTE: The two (2) years of verifiable full-time work experience does NOT have to be directly related to detention or corrections experience.
EMPLOYMENT DISQUALIFIERS: Conviction, pleading to or admitting to illegal use of cocaine within the last 3 years or marijuana within the last year. Any use of any type of Heroin, LSD, crack, crystal, meth, crank, sniffing of glues or huffing gas, or any other synthetic hallucinogen. Conviction, pleading to or admitting to the use, sale or distribution of any controlled substance or non-prescribed medication. Felony conviction or misdemeanor conviction involving moral turpitude. Conviction, pleading to or admitting a violent domestic incident. DWI conviction within the last 3 years if assigned to transport. Any visible, displayed and/or exposed tattoos. Conviction, pleading to or admitting theft may disqualify. Dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces may disqualify. Please ensure you complete your application in its entirety and cover any and all gaps in employment. Incomplete applications may be grounds for disqualification.
In accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) (Part 115:17) of Title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations an applicant who has been found to have engaged in any form of sexual abuse; engaged in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable or refused will be disqualified.