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Detention Officer

Description :

JOB TITLE: DETENTION OFFICER

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF JOB

The purpose of the job is to provide for the safety of staff and inmates and the security of the Prison; to supervise inmate activities; and to perform related corrections and law enforcement work as assigned. This class works according to policy and works within the guidelines of established procedure; work is reviewed regularly a supervisor.

ESSENTIAL TASKS

The tasks listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class.  Management may assign additional tasks related to the type of work of the class as necessary.

Maintains the security and safety of the facility, inmates and staff through implementation of established policies and procedures.

Monitors access and egress.

Monitors security cameras, closed circuit TV system, alarm systems, automated locking systems and other specialized security equipment.

Patrols facility to ensure security; inspects locking and security devices and doors for proper working condition.

Processes and books inmates; searches, photographs and classifies inmates; secures inmates’ property and issues supplies.

Supervises meals, visitation, recreation and exercise, educational activities, telephone privileges, counseling, court visits, movement within the facility, and medical attention; conducts head counts regularly.

Ensures that inmates are provided with appropriate sanitary conditions, clothing and supplies; administers medication as prescribed and gives CPR and First Aid as required.

Routinely searches inmates, cells, kitchen and other inmate-accessible areas for contraband and other safety and security hazards.

Investigates causes of inmate and detainee disturbances, such as assaults, fights, thefts, and medical emergencies; submits reports based on findings.

Maintains inmate accounts; collects and disburses monies as appropriate.

Processes the release or transfer of inmates based on court order instructions or other legal authorization; transports inmates to various locations as directed.

Enforces local, state and federal laws in the Detention Center and throughout Pickens County; responds to and investigates Detention Center incidents, crimes and suspected criminal activity and takes appropriate action; performs general law enforcement duties as necessary.

Completes and maintains required paperwork.

Performs custodial and general maintenance of Detention Center facility and equipment.

Performs strip search of all returning inmate workers.

Communicates with law enforcement personnel, probation and parole officers, court personnel, victim advocates, attorneys, volunteers, clergy, medical care practitioners, and others regarding individual cases.

Receives and responds to citizens’ inquiries, concerns and complaints concerning jail activities

Remains on call 24 hours per day, seven days per week, for emergency response.

Performs general clerical work as required, including compiling information and statistics for reports, preparing reports and records, maintaining logs, entering and retrieving computer data, copying and filing documents, answering the telephone, etc.

Attends periodic training, seminars, meetings, etc., to keep abreast of current detention, law enforcement and investigative trends, technology and legislation; maintains required physical fitness and required level of proficiency in the use of firearms.

Must maintain NCIC Certification in order to classify, house and check inmates for holds and detainers with other jurisdictions.

ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Performs other related duties as required.

ESSENTIAL SAFETY FUNCTIONS

It is the responsibility of each employee to comply with established policies, procedures and safe work practices. Each employee must follow safety training and instructions provided by their supervisor. Each employee must also properly wear and maintain all personal protective equipment required for their job. Finally, each employee must immediately report any unsafe work practices or unsafe conditions as well as any on-the-job injury or illnesses.

 

INVOLVEMENT WITH DATA, PEOPLE, AND THINGS

DATA INVOLVEMENT: Requires gathering, organizing, analyzing, examining or evaluating data or information and may prescribe action based on such data or information.

PEOPLE INVOLVEMENT: Requires speaking or signaling to people to convey or exchange information of a general nature.

INVOLVEMENT WITH THINGS: Requires leading, operating or repairing complex machinery or equipment that requires extended training and experience, such as firearms, emergency response vehicles, etc., or the application of custom administrative software or systems; may involve installation and testing.  Involves operations of limited scope.

COGNITIVE REQUIREMENTS

REASONING REQUIREMENTS: Requires performing skilled work involving rules/systems with almost constant problem-solving.

MATHEMATICAL REQUIREMENTS: Requires using basic addition and subtraction, such as making change or measuring.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: Requires reading routine sentences, instructions, regulations, procedures or work orders; writing routine sentences and completing routine job forms and incident reports; speaking routine sentences using proper grammar.

MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: Requires doing specialized technical or entry-level professional work requiring general understanding of operating policies and procedures and their application to problems not previously encountered; application of specialized technical or professional principles and practices or the use of a wide range of administrative methods in the solution of problems; requires normal attention with short periods of concentration for accurate results and occasional exposure to unusual pressure.

VOCATIONAL/EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE PREPARATION

VOCATIONAL/EDUCATIONAL PREPARATION:

Requires high school diploma or GED equivalent supplemented by the completion of required law enforcement coursework.

SPECIAL CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES:

Must possess a valid state driver’s license.

May require additional professional or technical certification(s) as deemed necessary by supervisor.

Must meet other requirements as set forth in applicable South Carolina statutes and regulations.

Must be able to possess and maintain NCIC Certification.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

Requires a short demonstration up to and including one month.

Must be employed with the County for five years before becoming a Detention Officer II.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT REQUIREMENTS

PHYSICAL AND DEXTERITY REQUIREMENTS:

Tasks involve the ability to exert moderate, though not constant, physical effort, typically involving some combination of driving, walking, running, climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and which involves the lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (up to 50 pounds).  While performing correctional work, must be able to defend one's self from assault and to restrain suspects of varying weights.

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS:

The job may risk exposure to extreme heat and/or cold, wet or humid conditions, traffic, disease/pathogens, violence, bright/dim light, dusts and pollen, fumes and/or noxious odors, electrical shock, heights, disease/pathogens, toxic/caustic chemicals, explosives.

SENSORY REQUIREMENTS:

The job requires normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing and speaking abilities, depth and texture perception, odor perception, and color perception.

JUDGMENTS AND DECISIONS

JUDGMENTS AND DECISIONS:

Responsible for guiding others, requiring frequent decisions affecting co-workers and others who depend on the service or product; works in a somewhat fluid environment with rules and procedures but with many variations from the routine.

ADA COMPLIANCE

Pickens County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  ADA requires the County to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.  Prospective and current employees are invited to discuss accommodations.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.  Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

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Deadline for Applying : Open until filled

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