Detention Officer

Athens Clarke County HR Department - Athens, GA (30+ days ago)4.1


A total of $3,000 will be offered as a hiring incentive to be paid in $1,000 increments over first 12 months of employment contingent on satisfactory job performance.

REPORTS TO: Shift Supervisor or Sergeant
FLSA STATUS: Non-exempt
CLASSIFICATION: Personnel System; Requires satisfactory completion of a twelve month probationary period.
SAFETY SENSITIVE: Yes; Subject to random drug testing per the Athens-Clarke County Drug and Alcohol Ordinance.

Purpose of Job
The purpose of this position is to ensure security and protection of property of the jail facility, complete the admission process of inmates, prevent escapes, control behavior of inmates, protect inmates from each other, and provide for the wellbeing of inmates. The incumbent must be diligent in maintaining an inmate count, overseeing the dispensing of medication, and be able to take personal property of inmates. The incumbent must also adhere to definite standard operating procedures established by the Office to ensure that the inmates' constitutional rights are observed. It is a demanding position that requires a heightened state of readiness at all times. A person in this position does not supervise other employees.

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Below are qualifications that may entitle you to

salary above the annual entry rate (max of $2400):
  • 2 years of active duty military service-$600
  • 3 years of active duty military service-$900
  • 4 years of active duty military service-$1,200
  • Possess the Georgia Peace Officer Certification prior to employment-$1,200
  • Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Degree from an accredited college/technical school
or 90 quarter hours or 60 semester hours-$1,200
  • College Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college/university-$2,400
  • Qualification Entry Rate After 6 Months After 12 Months
Minimum $33,440 $34,816 $36,192
2 Years Active Military Service $34,040 $35,416 $36,792
3 Years Active Military Service $34,340 $35,716 $37,092
4 Years Active Military Service $34,640 $36,016 $37,392
Georgia P.O.S.T. Certified $34,640 $36,016 $37,392
Assoc. Degree in Criminal Justice $34,640 $36,016 $37,392
College Baccalaureate Degree $35,840 $37,216 $38,592

In addition, a total of $3,000 will be offered as a hiring incentive to be paid in $1,000 increments over first 12 months of employment.

Job Related Requirements
May be required to work on religious holidays.
Regular and predictable attendance is required.
Must work cooperatively with others.
When requirements include vehicle operation, responsible for the safety, readiness and operation of the vehicle and must abide by ACC's safe driving policy.

Emergency Position:
This position is designated as an emergency position that requires your attendance at work under all types of emergency conditions. Some examples of emergencies include inclement weather, utility failure, fire or other forced evacuations or as determined by the Manager or safe and effective operation of the jail.

Minimum Training & Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions: High school diploma or equivalent required; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Must be a United States Citizen.

Must be at least 20 years of age.

Must complete Basic Jail Certification Course within 6 months of hire.

Must complete the core module requirements of the jail training program within 2 months of hire.

Must obtain certification in First Aid and CPR within 3 months of hire.

Must complete GCIC Security and Awareness training within 10 days of hire.

Previous law enforcement or corrections experience preferred.
Essential Duties, Responsibilities: The following duties are normal for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Completes the admission forms of inmates being booked into the Athens-Clarke County Jail.
Searches incoming inmates to detect concealed weapons and contraband; and records personal property taken from the inmate.
Fingerprints and photographs the inmates to establish identification.
Determines if medical care of the inmate is necessary.
Explains to inmates the rules and regulations of the facility and prepares inmates for population.

Personal Care:
Works closely with the jail medical staff for dispensing medications prescribed for inmates at the proper time.
Distributes meals to inmates at mealtime.
Calms or takes other actions to calm emotionally upset persons.
Permits and monitors inmate showers.
Observes inmates behavior to ensure an orderly and safe environment.
Administers First Aid and CPR to inmates or staff when necessary and when the security of the facility is not jeopardized.
Maintains a fair and professional attitude with inmates and staff from various social backgrounds.

Maintains order over inmates. Takes appropriate action to ensure the safety and security of the inmates, the public, and other law enforcement and detention personnel.
Responds to emergency situations in the facility as required. This may include evacuating inmates to better control the staff's response to an inmate altercation or medical crisis; Mediate conflicts between inmates.
Checks cell doors and internal conditions at regular and irregular intervals to assure security, cell cleanliness, and inmate safety.
Conducts random searches of inmates and assigned secure areas.
Counts number of inmates at regular and irregular intervals to assure that all inmates are accounted for.
View security monitors continuously to assure security and order in the cells.
Operates security electronic systems, intercom, equipment such as restraining devices, chemical agents, two way radios, and locking devices.
Operates safety equipment such as fire extinguishers and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
Supervises inmate workers performing work assignments.
Supervises a housing environment of up to 72 inmates through communication, management of privileges according to behavior in a just and fair manner, issuing directives and consequences with consistency.
Enforces inmate rules and regulations by issuing directives and consequences with effective communication and consistency.
Maintain records of daily activities in assigned areas, inmate movements through the facility, disciplinary action recommended or imposed on inmates, and professional and family visitation.
Accepts grievances made by inmates.
Escorts inmates to and from cells for court appearances, medical treatment, visitation, religious services, conferences, release and other activities.
Reviews documents such as warrants, transfer papers, and teletype messages regarding inmates.
Maintains complete records and assures that current information on detainees is entered into the records management system.
Completes incident reports and informs supervisors of all incidents or problems.
Inspects incoming mail and packages for contraband and other non-permitted items; delivers packages, mail and commissary items to detainees.
Screens visitors coming into the facility and operates metal detectors to insure that contraband is not introduced into the facility.
Releases inmates on bond, including preparing the bond, collecting the collateral and fees for the bond and properly accounting for all funds collected.
Maintains attendance and punctuality within customary tolerances for this position.
Operates G.C.I.C./N.C.I.C. computer and local criminal justice computer network, and jail management system (JMS) computer operations.

Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of the county and the operations and functions of the Sheriff's Office.

Knowledge of jail processes and practices, jail policies, record keeping, and knowledge of the legal basis for these procedures in the completion of daily responsibilities.

Knowledge of all bonding procedures, policies, standards and regulations pertaining to the specific duties and responsibilities of the job.

Knowledge in first aid and CPR.

Knowledge of computers, G.C.I.C. / N.C.I.C. and JMS computer operations, and the criminal justice computer network.

Knowledge of defensive tactics and control techniques to protect self and others.
Ability to physically restrain or summon persons who can restrain violent inmates.

Ability to interact with individuals that may have mental health conditions that influence cognitive abilities, and must be able to deal with individuals in a stressful environment that may result in subduing a person who is physically resisting.

Ability to respond quickly and logically in emergency or stressful situations.

Ability to understand the special problems of and deal humanely with individuals in confinement.

Ability to foster a team environment by supporting cohesive work relationships and providing effective conflict resolution.

Ability to administer policies, procedures, plans and activities.

Ability to administer operations and staff plans and objectives for the expedience and effectiveness of the specific duties of the position.

Ability to keep abreast of any changes in policy, methods, operations, budgetary and equipment needs, etc. as they pertain to departmental and operations and activities.

Ability to effectively communicate and interact with subordinates, management, employees, members of the general public and all other groups involved in the activities of the County as they relate to the Sheriff's Office.

Ability to assemble information and make written reports and documents in a concise, clear and effective manner.

Ability to demonstrate appropriate organizational, management, human relations, and technical skills.

Ability to use independent judgment and discretion in relating to others including the handling of emergency situations, determining and deciding upon procedures to be implemented, setting priorities, maintaining standards, and resolving problems.

Ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply regulations, procedures, and related information.

Ability to handle required mathematical calculations.

Ability to read, understand and interpret personnel and financial reports and related materials.

Supplemental Information:

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment including, telephones, copiers, two-way radios, and physical restraint equipment. Must be able to use body members to work, move or carry objects or materials. This position requires: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motion. Must be able to exert in excess of one hundred pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of fifty pounds of force frequently. Physical demand requirements are at levels of those for heavy work. May be required to physically restrain hostile persons of much greater size. May be required to physically defend oneself from violent physical attack by persons with intent on inflicting serious bodily injury or death.

DATA CONCEPTION: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things.

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: Requires the ability to hear, speak and/or signal people to convey or exchange information. Includes giving / receiving assignments and/or directions to co-workers or assistants / from supervisors.

LANGUAGE ABILITY: Requires ability to read a variety of state criminal and civil codes, departmental directives, civil processes, state criminal and traffic codes, Unified Government ordinances, court procedures, and informational documentation, directions, instructions, and methods and procedures. Requires the ability to prepare incident reports, daily logs, arrest reports, time sheets, etc. using prescribed formats and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style. Requires the ability to speak to groups of people with poise, voice control, and confidence.

INTELLIGENCE: Requires the ability to learn and understand complex principles and techniques; to acquire and be able to expound on knowledge of topics related to primary occupation; and to make independent judgment in the
absence of management.

VERBAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, and to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in a variety of administrative, technical
or professional languages including legal terminology.

NUMBERICAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; add and subtract totals; multiply and divide and determine percentages.
Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width, and shape, visually with various equipment.

MOTOR COORDINATION: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using law enforcement and office equipment. Requires the ability to lift, push, bend and pull objects or materials using body parts as the position necessitates. Requires skilled movements coordinating eyes, hands and fingers accurately and making precise movements with speed.

MANUAL DEXTERITY: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items such as telephones, copiers, two-way radios, physical restraint methods and related security equipment. Must have the ability to use one hand for twisting or turning motion while coordinating other hand with different activities. Must have moderate levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

COLOR/VISUAL DISCRIMINATION Position requires binocular vision with good depth perception and peripheral vision, motion detection, high acuity, and light adaptation, as well as the ability to differentiate between colors and
shades of color.

INTERPERSONAL TEMPERAMENT: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under considerable stress when confronted with an emergency.

PHYSICAL COMMUNICATION: Requires the ability to talk and/or hear: (Talking - expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words). (Hearing - perceiving nature of sounds by ear). Must be able to communicate via telephone, two-way radio.

ADA COMPLIANCE: Requirements included in this job description may be subject to modification in order to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to perform the essential duties of the job.