Civilian Detention Officer Job Description
Civilian, Detention Officer:
Serves under the supervision of the Detention Sergeant and Detention Corporal(s), as a civilian Detention Officer. The Civilian Detention Officer is a non-commissioned, non-certified employee of the Sheriff's Office and performs similar duties to that of the Detention Deputy, but does not possess the power of arrest or of search and seizure.
Distinguishing features of the position:
The Civilian Detention Officer is expected to exercise initiative, tact and discretion in the performance of his or her assigned duties. The Civilian Detention Officer must exercise their powers equitably, legally and economically on behalf of the citizens they serve. The Civilian Detention Officer understands there is an element of danger involved in the performance of their duties.
The Civilian Detention Officer is a uniformed civilian employee.
He or she must be able to process arrestees into the county jail by;
Physically searching arrestees;
Generating required documentation;
Recording inked fingerprints;
Photographing the arrestee;
Accounting for the arrestees personal property;
Dressing out the arrestee in the appropriate jail clothing.
Processes inmates out of the county jail by;
Generating the required documentation;
Returning any authorized personal property belonging to the inmate.
Maintains care, custody and control of the inmate while incarcerated by;
Maintaining daily logs of jail activities;
Protecting the inmate from victimization by other inmates;
Conducting inspections of detention cells and adjacent areas;
Conducting security searches of inmates;
Protecting the due process rights of inmates while incarcerated;
Providing food and prescribed medication when necessary;
Providing laundry services;
Providing access to personal hygiene facilities;
Distributing mail to inmates;
Conducting visitation with family, friends and legal counsel;
Rendering first aid if necessary and other sources of first aid are not readily available; and
Closely monitoring inmates who have the potential to commit self harm.
Required knowledge, skills, abilities, etc.,:
Must have the ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Should possess good judgment and good powers of observation and memory. Should be able to learn, understand and apply approved principles, practices and methods of performing assigned duties.
Be of good moral character, both on and off the job.
Must be able to learn and maintain proficiency in the use of firearms.
Must possess a standard high school diploma or its equivalent.
Must possess a valid operator's/driver's license issued by the State of Missouri.
Effective January 1, 2016, the Johnson County Sheriff’s has initiated a policy relating to the hiring process for the position of Deputy Sheriff. The new policy now requires a P.O.S.T. Certified Officer to work in the Detention Facility for a minimum of six (6) months before they are eligible to apply for an Enforcement position. The process will expose the applicant to a wide variety of situations as well as allowing him or her to perfect their communication and coping skills as it relates to the inmates held in the facility. After the new Detention Officer has completed his or hers six month period, then they will be able to apply, test and interview for an enforcement position when one becomes available.
NOTE: Evidence of criminal activity, moral turpitude, drug/alcohol abuse, emotional/psychological instability or similar circumstances may disqualify a person for this position.