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Detention Corporal 


“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


Supervisor title covers job classes responsible for planning, assigning, and supervising work of a defined work group; schedules and trains employees, assigns work.


Under basic supervision, supervises a detention facility on an assigned shift, and provides first-level supervision for Detention Officers; maintains safety and security of inmates, staff, and detention facilities; provides custody and control of inmates, and preserves order and discipline according to Pitkin County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) policies and procedures, and state and federal regulations. 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.

  • Provides leadership, guidance, and first-level supervision for Detention Officers; monitors assigned staff and provides coaching to improve performance; assures compliance with PCSO policy and procedures; assigns tasks and projects, monitors time sheets and paperwork.

  • Supervises a detention facility on an assigned shift; responds to calls for assistance to handle tactical situations; addresses inmate issues and complaints, provides information, and resolves conflicts; assures that the facility is maintained in clean and effective operating order.

  • Assures Detention Officers are ready and prepared for duty, are adequately trained and equipped, and are held accountable for duties and responsibilities assigned; briefs Officers on operational issues.

  • Monitors conduct of Detention Officers; maintains discipline, evaluates officer safety, monitors paperwork, communicates post orders and advisories, and enforces compliance with PCSO rules.

  • Patrols detention facility to inspect facility and equipment functions, and assure effectiveness of security systems; identifies, reports and resolves discrepancies and deficiencies.

  • Reviews, corrects, and checks the completeness of case reports, incident reports, and management information; updates and maintains a variety of files, records, event logs, charts, and other documents.

  • Supervises critical incidents and tactical situations; takes command when appropriate.

  • Maintains safety and security of the staff, inmates, and detention facilities; monitors behavior of inmates, and promotes acceptable attitude and conduct.

  • Verifies that equal protection and care is provided for all inmates.

  • 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 and reviews 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 four years’ PCSO Detention Officer 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 required; according to the needs of the PCSO, additional training and certifications may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • County policies and procedures.

  • 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.

  • Safe work practices, occupational hazards, and safety precautions.

Knowledge of (Job Class Standard):

  • Communicating clearly and concisely and relaying details accurately.

  • Principles and practices of public administration.

  • Customer service techniques.

  • Public policy processes.

Skill in:

  • Supervising and training personnel, and coordinating response to tactical and special needs situations.

  • 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.

  • Interacting with people of different social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.

  • 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.

  • Working efficiently both independently and as part of a team.

  • Organizing and prioritizing work to meet deadlines.

  • Developing, understanding, interpreting, and communicating policies and procedures.

  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.

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.


$29.81 to $34.37 per hour dependent on qualifications.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Detention Corporal  
Close Date 10/23/2018  
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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