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Detention Officer 


“To thoughtfully and professionally serve the community’s values of peace, safety, fairness and acceptance.”

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office is looking for applicants who desire to assist their community in public safety. We value integrity, respect, service, transparency, accountability, and are committed to excellence and innovation. Pay is commensurate with experience and we encourage both experienced and entry-level applicants to apply. The PCSO will pay for the academy and other necessary training based on position.

Our values:

Integrity • Respect • Service • Transparent • Accountable • Committed to Excellence

Specialist title covers job classes engaged in providing technical support duties for a specialized program; the job requires detailed program knowledge, records management and computer skills, and the ability to understand and apply governing rules and regulations.
Under basic supervision, maintains safety and security of inmates, staff, and detention facilities; provides custody and control of inmates, and preserves order and discipline; supervises inmates according to Pitkin County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) policies and procedures. Duties may vary according to job assignment.
Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Maintains custody and control of inmates according to policies, procedures, and regulations; performs work within scope of authority and training; makes proper decisions using sound judgment; duties may vary according to job assignment. Duties may vary according to job assignment.
• Maintains safety and security of the staff, inmates, and detention facilities; monitors behavior of inmates, and promotes acceptable attitude and conduct; performs tasks to maintain integrity and consistency of detention facility operations.
• Supervises inmate activities and maintains discipline; physically restrains uncooperative and disruptive inmates, and intervenes to deter fights, assaults, and escapes; solves problems within scope of authority.
• Provides equal protection and care for all inmates, including nutrition, hygiene, education, court and hospital transport, recreation, laundry, medical assistance, behavior monitoring and discipline.
• Monitors inmates for rule violations and behavioral changes; de-escalates potentially violent situations; maintains appropriate use-of-force continuum as needed for self-defense, defense of another, and to prevent escape.
• Performs constant inspections and security checks of all PCSO facility areas; conducts head counts and area searches, and assures all areas of the facility are safe, secure, sanitary, and free of contraband.
• Conducts body and cell searches for contraband; inventories and maintains accountability for keys, equipment, tools, and supplies; accounts for inmates under direct vision and supervision at all times.
• Reports and investigates disciplinary and behavioral issues, and violations of facility rules.
• Enforces local, state and Federal laws, and enforces compliance with PCSO post orders and standards.
• Maintains PCSO files, records, and event logs, and prepares reports as required.
• Works with other state and regional law enforcement agencies on inmate issues.
• Maintains the integrity, professionalism, values, and goals of the Sheriff’s Office by assuring that all rules and regulations are followed, and that accountability and public trust are preserved.
• Supports the relationship between Pitkin County government and the public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens and County staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and County information; performs other duties as required or assigned.
• Maintains regular and reliable attendance.
Position Requirements

Education and Experience:

High School Diploma or GED equivalent; AND one year of satisfactory work experience; OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

The Sheriff may choose to hire or promote, at his discretion, outside of these qualifications.

Required Licenses or Certifications:

  • Must possess a valid Colorado Driver’s License and acceptable Motor Vehicle Record.
  • Certified Jail Officer (CJO) training and certification is preferred and may be required; according to the needs of the PCSO, additional training and certifications may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures, and detention Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
  • State and Federal laws, regulations, and statutes governing management of inmates and detention facilities.
  • Behavior patterns of incarcerated persons.
  • Processes, standards, and protocols for booking and releasing inmates.
  • Use-of-force rules.
  • Techniques of inmate control and defensive tactics.
  • Hazardous chemicals and materials, first aid and CPR.
  • Principles of records management.
  • Safe work practices, occupational hazards, and safety precautions.

Knowledge of (Job Class Standard):

  • County policies and procedures.
  • State and federal laws and regulations governing work performed
  • Record keeping and records management rules and standards.
  • Local community issues and regional community resources available to citizens.

Skill in:

  • Remaining alert at all times and reacting quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
  • Effectively managing situations requiring diplomacy, understanding, fairness, and sound judgment.
  • Interpreting laws and regulations, making decisions, maintaining composure, and working effectively under stressful conditions and emergency situations.
  • Communicating with inmates, mediating difficult situations, and using effective custody procedures.
  • Maintaining and safely operating a variety of weapons, impact weapons, handcuffs and waist chains, special locks and keys, and chemical agents.
  • Operating a personal computer and standard software applications.
  • Following and effectively communicating verbal and written instructions.
  • Working independently and as a team member.

Skill in (Job Class Standard):

  • Handling multiple tasks simultaneously, under pressure, and in emergency and stressful situations.
  • Interacting with people of different social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Following and effectively communicating verbal and written instructions.
  • Utilizing standard personal computer software programs and specialized state and County software.
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.

Physical Demands and Working Environment:

  • Work is performed in a jail environment and detention facilities; work involves intense concentration on activities going on around one’s location on a constant basis throughout the entire work shift. Work occasionally involves personal danger, and potential exposure to hazardous, uncontrollable, and life threatening situations; requires physical ability to subdue hostile individuals; and must be able to work in uniform during weekdays, weekends, and holidays on any assigned shift; required to meet physical standards of the Sherriff’s Office.


Starting at $24.40 hourly dependent on qualifications.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position (18) Detention Officer  
Close Date 1/19/2019  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Location Sheriff's Office  
About the Organization Pitkin County government provides valued and high quality public services supporting the health, safety and well-being of people and the natural environment. Pitkin County is a tobacco-free workplace.

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EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
EEO-4 Job Category None Specified 

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