• Detention Officer

    Posted Date 1 month ago(12/20/2018 11:15 AM)
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    Starting Pay
    USD $18.39/Hr.
    Above Base Potential
    1% above base up to 10% for experience.
    annual education incentive: Associate’s $996, Bachelor’s $2,004, Master’s $2,496
  • Overview

    Highly responsible security work maintaining physical custody and control of inmates within the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Department of the Jail. Responsible for receiving and processing inmates, enforcing disciplinary procedures for the control of inmate behavior, including the application of restraint and use of force techniques, and the preparation of reports and documents necessary for operational procedures.


    Work is performed under the direction of the Detention Sergeant or a higher level supervisor. Performance is evaluated through conferences, observation, results and appropriate employee performance appraisals.


    • Makes periodic tours of the jail to inspect for security, including head counts
    • Releases inmates from cell areas to outside recreation areas or other program areas; operates security doors and equipment
    • Receives prisoners from law enforcement officers and adheres to clearly established procedures for inmate processing including: searching, fingerprinting, photographing, and posting personal items to trust fund account cards
    • Releases inmates from jail on proper authorization and returns articles of clothing and other personal property to the inmate
    • Receives and reviews cash and security bail bonds for accuracy and authenticity
    • Prepares disposition reports of prisoners confined in the facility
    • Consults superior on requests for visits by attorneys, members of the inmates' families and other authorized persons according to established rules and regulations
    • Answers routine inmate questions
    • Supervises the distribution of meals in inmate housing areas
    • Transports inmates to and from court appearances as required
    • Makes observations of inmate attitude, behavior and physical conditions and reports problems to shift commander or treatment staff as required
    • Restrain inmates for the protection of themselves or others through the use of defensive tactics, OC spray or Taser equipment

    • Performs related duties as required


    • Will be required to work any shift assigned by a shift supervisor, to include days, evenings and/or nights.  Assigned shift subject to change without prior notice.


    • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
    • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts.
    • The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places, and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outdoor weather conditions; extreme heat and cold (non-weather), and risk of electrical shock
    • The noise level in the work environment is usually loud


    • CJSTC/FDLE Correctional Officer Certification
    • Current, valid Florida driver license


    • Meet or exceed all applicable standards required of Corrections Officers by Florida law
    • Must meet or exceed all applicable physical agility standards required by ACSO

    • Meet requirements for use of defensive tactics and use of issued or available equipment, including OC spray and Taser



    • High school diploma/GED


    • Sit, stand or walk for moderate periods
    • Have good close, distant, color, peripheral, depth and adjusted vision
    • Hear at normal range
    • Speak, read, write, and understand English fluently
    • Lift/carry 100 pounds
    • Climb, balance and reach with arms
    • Bend, stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl
    • Taste and smell
    • Manual dexterity
    • Drive a vehicle


    • Knowledge of the rules, regulations and procedures of the department relating to the confinement and release of prisoners
    • Knowledge of security practices and emergency services
    • Knowledge of the safe and proper use of firearms, OC Spray, and Taser equipment
    • Knowledge and understanding of the attitudes and behavior patterns of persons under restraint
    • Ability to keep records and prepare reports
    • Ability to enforce regulations with firmness, tact and impartiality
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, inmates, outside law enforcement officers and the public
    • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing



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