DETENTION SERVICES OFFICER

Los Angeles County Department of Human Resources - Los Angeles, CA4.2

Full-time$55,000 - $65,000 a year
SkillsBenefits
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES PROBATION DEPARTMENT
EXAM NUMBER: F8655G
FIRST DAY OF FILING: JANUARY 19, 2017 AT 8:00 A.M. - UNTIL THE NEEDS OF THE SERVICE ARE MET AND IS SUBJECT TO CLOSURE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS A REBULLETIN TO UPDATE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE. PERSONS WHO HAVE ALREADY APPLIED WITHIN THE LAST 12 MONTHS NEED NOT REAPPLY, BUT MAY SUBMIT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IF THEY WISH.

TYPE OF RECRUITMENT
Open Competitive Job Opportunity

CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS
Detention Services Officer positions hold the status of sworn, peace officers in the Probation Department. (Please see the Requirements and Special Requirement Information sections for additional information on peace officer requirements and the Background Investigation process).

Positions supervise the activities of minors who are detained in juvenile halls. Incumbents serve as a member of a small team responsible for the order and security of a unit of probation youth, transports minors to medical care facilities and/or courts or other locations, and provides situational counseling, as necessary. Detention Services Officers must be able to physically restrain combative probation youth.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Supervises detained probation youth in their activities within the unit, on work assignments, during recreation periods, on medical or dental appointments, or awaiting court appearances.
Maintains order and control of a unit and takes appropriate action in connection with rule infractions or other disturbances.
Maintains institutional security and takes appropriate action to prevent escapes.
Supervises the movement of probation youth within and outside the facility.
Controls and restrains combative or emotionally disturbed probation youth.
Observes and records the behavior of probation youth and confers with the supervisor about problematic probation youth.

REQUIREMENTS:
SELECTION REQUIREMENTS
Completion of 60 semester* or 90 quarter* units from an accredited college including course work in the behavioral or social sciences such as psychology, sociology or criminology.

Candidates must meet the qualifications for designation as a Peace Officer within the Probation Department, including, but not limited to:

1) No Felony Convictions
2) U.S. Citizen -OR- permanent resident alien who is eligible for, and has applied for citizenship
3) At least 21 years of age at the time of appointment

Appointees will be required to meet State-mandated CORE training requirements as defined by Standards for Training in Corrections.

PHYSICAL CLASS
4 - Arduous: Involves frequent heavy lifting over 25 pounds, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces; and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.

LICENSE
A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION
Supplemental Questionnaire
As part of this application process, applicants will be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire. The questionnaire contains a pre-investigative questionnaire which will be utilized as part of the background investigation process to ensure applicants meet the selection requirements and standards set forth by the Los Angeles County Probation Department.

Applicants who fail the supplemental questionnaire will be disqualified and will have to wait twelve (12) months from the date of the disqualification in order to reapply.

Candidates must be able to pass a thorough BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION which may include, but is not limited to, the following:

1) Live Scan and Criminal Records Check
2) Polygraph Examination or Computer Voice Stress Analyzer Test
3) Psychological Examination
4) Medical and Drug Screening Examination
5) Credit Check
6) Juvenile Corrections Officer Core physical agility examination

NOTE: IF YOU HAVE APPLIED FOR A PEACE OFFICER POSITION WITH THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY PROBATION DEPARTMENT AND HAVE BEEN DISQUALIFIED AS PART OF THE BACKGROUND PROCESS WITHIN THE LAST 12 MONTHS, YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY REJECTED.

Candidates who are found unsuitable for employment will be removed from the eligible register pursuant to Civil Service Rule 6.04 including but not limited to the following:
Who is addicted to the use of intoxicating liquors or narcotics or habit-forming drugs;
Who is guilty of conduct not compatible with County employment, whether or not it amounts to a crime;
Who has been dismissed or has resigned in lieu of discharge from any position, public or private, for any cause which would be a cause for dismissal from County service; or whose record of employment has not been satisfactory in the County service, or with any other agency or firm;
Who has abandoned any position in County service or been absent from duty without leave of absence duly granted;
Who has made material false statement or who has attempted any deception or fraud in connection with this or any other civil service examinations;
Who refuses to execute the oath as prescribed by law;
Who refuses to be fingerprinted;
Who refuses to take or fails to pass the prescribed medical examination
  • IN ORDER TO QUALIFY, YOU MUST IDENTIFY THE NUMBER OF UNITS COMPLETED OR LEVEL OF DEGREE ON THE JOB APPLICATION AND ATTACH/UPLOAD IN NEOGOV A LEGIBLE COPY OF THE OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS FROM THE ACCREDITED INSTITUTION WHICH SHOWS THE AREA OF SPECIALIZATION WITH REGISTRAR'S SIGNATURE AND OR SCHOOL SEAL WITH YOUR APPLICATION AT THE TIME OF FILING IN NEOGOV OR DURING THE EXAMINATION PROCESS OR YOUR APPLICATION MAY BE REJECTED.
Positions to this class will be required to possess a certificate of completion of a 40-hour introductory training course on the laws of arrest under Penal Code Section 832 and Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) within 90 days of appointment to the position.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
EXAMINATION CONTENT

This examination will consist of two (2) parts:
Part I: A written test (Juvenile Corrections Officer) developed and validated by the Board of State and Community Corrections. The Juvenile Corrections Officer written test covers Following Written Directions, Reading Comprehension, Writing Clarity, Writing Details, Accuracy with Forms and Coded Information, and Work Attitudes, weighted 70%.

Candidates who do not pass the Juvenile Corrections Officer written test will be notified by mail and will not be invited to Part II of the examination. RESULTS CANNOT BE GIVEN OVER THE PHONE.

SCORE TRANSFERS
Any passing score for previous Juvenile Corrections Officer written test examinations administered after October 4, 2014 will have their written responses for the identical test part(s) automatically transferred to this exam and will proceed to part II of this examination.

Part II: An interview covering Emotional Control, Adaptability, Interpersonal Sensitivity, Objectivity/Tolerance, Listening Comprehension, Oral Communication, Selective Attention, Multi-tasking, Applied Memorization, Assertiveness, Attention to Detail, weighted 30%.

This exam contains test parts that may be used in the future for new exams. Your score may be transferred to the new exam and you may not be allowed to retake any identical test parts.

Candidates must qualify based on the Supplemental Questionnaire and achieve a passing score of 70% on all weighted test parts of the examination in order to be placed on the eligible register.

THE WRITTEN TEST IS NOT REVIEWABLE BY CANDIDATES PER CIVIL SERVICE RULE 7.19.

TEST PREPARATION RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP CANDIDATES PREPARE FOR EMPLOYMENT TESTS

Study guides and other test preparation resources are available to help candidates prepare for the written Juvenile Corrections Officer test at http://file.lacounty.gov/probation/cms1_221877.pdf or on the Probation website at http.//probation.lacounty.gov under Candidate Orientation Booklet.

For information on the physical requirements an individual must fulfill during the ACADEMY, please click on the following link: http://lacounty.govwebcast.com/Presentation/LACounty/4194e7f6-ab4a-4cda-b33e-83174196c07d/Arduous_Final_Master Res.mp4

To access the Los Angeles County Probation Department Pre-Academy Fitness Guide, click here: http://file.lacounty.gov/probation/cms1_248934.pdf

While these study guides will help in preparing for the test, we advise you to review ALL related materials you deem necessary.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
Applications will be processed on an as-received basis and the names of candidates that qualify based on the Supplemental Questionnaire and achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the weighted test parts of the examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of eighteen (18) months following the date of promulgation.

No person may compete in this examination more than once every eighteen (18) months.

VACANCY INFORMATION
The resulting eligible register for this examination will be used to fill vacancies located in the Los Angeles County Probation Department.

AVAILABLE SHIFT
Any

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
All applicants must enter a current/updated mailing and email address at the time of filing as NOTICES MAY BE SENT BY MAIL OR EMAIL. Entering an invalid mailing/email address may result in the rejection of your application during the examination process. To update information, applicants must make changes to their profile at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty.

APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION

Applications must be filed online via NEOGOV electronic submission ONLY. Applications submitted by US Mail, Fax, or in person will not be accepted.

To apply for this examination, click on the green "Apply" button located on this posting. Your application must be submitted electronically by 5:00 p.m., PST, on the last day of filing. Visit the NEOGOV website at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty

Applicants may upload required or additional documents (i.e. copy of degree, certification, etc.) as attachment(s) at the time of filing in NEOGOV. If you are unable to attach the required and/or additional documents at the time of filing, you may email to examinations@probation.lacounty.gov during the examination process or your application may be rejected. Please include your name, examination number, and examination title.

Fill out your application completely. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. All information is subject to verification. This exam may close at any time without prior notice. We may reject your application at any time during the selection process.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:
Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes.
Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES: For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.

NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD: All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using family member or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record and will result in an automatic rejection of your application.

The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have CLEARLY shown that you meet the REQUIREMENTS. Please fill out the application completely and correctly to receive full credit for any related education, training, and job experience. In the space provided for education, include the names and addresses of schools attended, titles of courses completed, date completed, and number of credit and/or certificates earned. All information and records are subject to verification. Applications may be rejected at any stage of the selection process. This exam may close at any time without prior notice.

FAILURE TO PROVIDE COMPLETE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) OF YOUR EMPLOYER(S), YOUR JOB TITLE(S); SALARY; BEGINNING AND ENDING DATES; THE FUNCTIONS PERFORMED INCLUDING A DESCRIPTION OF YOUR ROLE, LEVEL OF INVOLVEMENT, INDEPENDENCE, AND INFORMATION ABOUT THE SIZE OF YOUR ORGANIZATION, COMPLEXITY AND LEVEL OF ACCOUNTABILITY RELATED TO YOUR EXPERIENCE MAY IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF YOUR QUALIFICATIONS AND ACCEPTANCE INTO THE EXAMINATION PROCESS.

Department Contact Name: Probation Examinations & Recruitment Unit, Sworn Exams
Department Contact Number: (562) 940-2659
Department Contact Email: examinations@probation.lacounty.gov
California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922
ADA Coordinator Phone: (562) 940-3764
Teletype Phone: (877) 988-7800