Detention Officer

  • Anywhere

Employees in this class perform inmate detention, care, security, and release work in accordance with established policies and procedures.  Work includes the observation and accompaniment of inmates inside the jail, serving meals, medical staff escort, related care, and record-keeping requirements.  Employees must exercise independent initiative and judgment in making a decision regarding inmates and their custody, with suicidal, violent, or mentally unstable tendencies, and in dealing with attorneys, families, and others.  Work involves exercising tact, firmness, and decisiveness in handling routine and emergency situations.  Employees are subject to hazards in law enforcement work including working inside a jail environment and exposure to various hazards such as dangerous persons, loud noises, and hazards such as cleaning chemicals, close quarters, and narrow passages.  Work is also subject to the final OSHA standards on bloodborne pathogens.  Work is performed under regular supervision and is reviewed for adherence to regulations and procedures, the accuracy of paperwork, adherence to schedules, and effective interpersonal skills and decision-making in dealing with inmates and coworkers.

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