The Martin County Sheriff’s Department is currently accepting applications for a full time Correctional Officer.
Under general supervision, the Correctional Deputy performs all operational duties necessary for the proper care and custody of jail inmates, including general custodial and detention functions essential to the operation of the detention center. The Correctional Deputy ensures that the detention center is operating in a peaceful manner.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Processes inmates in and out of jail, maintains custody and care of all inmates and their possessions.
- Transports inmates to the courtroom, doctor’s office and other locations, as required, and must possess a valid driver’s license.
- Completes all necessary logs, records and reports pertaining to the booking, care and release of inmates.
- Inspects all incoming packages and gifts, transfers phone calls and feeds inmates.
- Initiates searches for contraband and obtains specimens for drug testing of inmates.
- Distributes and documents medications to inmates.
- Receives and logs department communications.
- Performs minor maintenance of grounds and buildings.
- Perform various duties related to Electronic Home Monitoring functions as required.
- Requires 24-hour Shift Work, including weekends and Holidays.
- Fingerprints and photographs inmates and types fingerprint cards. Classifies incoming inmates and places them in proper cells.
- Observe prisoners directly and indirectly through visual, audio and video monitoring, to ensure the physical safety of prisoners, staff and the public.
- Promotes acceptable attitudes and behaviors of inmates to assist them in adjusting to a confinement setting.
- Performs work in a manner consistent with safe practices.
- Delivers meals and collects afterwards. Ensures that cells, facilities and grounds are kept sanitary. Checks on inmates on a routine and regular basis.
- Enforces institutional rules and standard operation procedures (SOP). Reports infractions orally/written, confronting prisoners who violate rules. Initiates segregation or disciplinary procedures and performs enforcement activities in compliance with department policies. Explains rules and procedures of the facility to (individual/group) prisoners so they understand the expectations and consequences of their behavior.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties performed by personnel so classified.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
- Knowledge of modern jail operation techniques.
- Familiar with court rulings relevant to handling of inmates’ rights.
- Ability to deal with inmates firmly, fairly and objectively.
- Ability to receive direction and supervision from supervisors.
- Possesses basic skill in the operation of computer, and other modern office equipment.
- Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
- DECISION MAKING
- Limited supervision with general autonomy in determining how objectives are achieved; supervisors generally set operating benchmarks, goals and objectives.
- PROBLEM SOLVING
- Requires application of a variety of procedures, policies and/or precedents and moderate analytical ability in adapting standard methods to fit facts and conditions, using generally prescribed procedures.
- Problem solving impacts department operations. Failures and successes have moderate financial impact on the overall organization.
- Regular contact with department and periodic contacts with other departments, outside agencies and public to relay basic information or relay facts.
PHYSICAL JOB REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS
The position has good working conditions in general, but is a diversified job requiring sustained mental effort related to public contacts, organizational issues, planning and technical areas.
The individual may encounter moderate to severe emotional strain or tension. There is sustained exposure to public contact and sitting, and occasional exposure to serious injury when responsible for arresting or physically restraining disruptive, unruly or dangerous people and to health hazards based on contact with individuals having communicable diseases. There is also moderate exposure to Video Data Terminal (VDT’s) and moderate lifting (up to 50 pounds).
Continuous: Inability to leave work station for long periods of time; Exposure to deadly assault; Exposure to offensive language; Exposure to threats; Exposure to trauma; Considerable mental effort and stress; Work requires moderate attention to detail; Work requires high attention to detail.
Frequent: Walk; Stand; Lift or carry less than 10 lbs.; Keyboarding; Repetitive movement; Exposed to blood borne pathogens; Exposed to fumes or airborne particles; Exposed to annoying odor; Exposure to emotional public; Some mental effort and stress involved resulting in frustration.
Occasional: Exposed to toxic/caustic materials; Exposed to slippery conditions; Limited mental effort and/or stress; Work with frequent deadlines.
Intermittent: Sit; Bend or stoop; Kneel or squat; Climbing; Lift or carry 11-25 lbs.; Lift, carry, push, pull 26-60 lbs.; Lift, carry, push, pull over 60 lbs.; Working in cold weather below 32 degrees; Working in hot weather above 90 degrees; Exposed to sickening odor; Exposed to grease/grime; Exposed to wet conditions; Exposed to machine tools; Exposed to moving mechanical parts; Exposed to risk of electrical shock; Work alone.
This position is responsible for the use of: Transport Cars/Vans, Hand Cuffs, Restraint Belts and Shackles, OC Spray, Cut down tools, Radios, AED devices, Tasers, Keys, Surveillance equipment, Restraint chair, Fingerprint machine, DMT machine, PBT device, Vending machines, and modern office machines and equipment.
ACCOUNTABILITIES SHARED BY ALL EMPLOYEES
- Implicit in the employer-employee relationship is the right of Martin County to rely upon the presence of the employee during assigned hours of work and the obligation of the employee for timely and regular attendance.
- Develops and maintains a thorough working knowledge of all department and County-wide policies, protocols and procedures, and adheres to the same.
- Develops respectful and cooperative working relationships with co-workers, listens well, and respects viewpoints different than own.
- Informs immediate supervisor of all important matters pertaining to assigned job responsibilities.
- Represents the County in a professional manner to all internal and external contacts when doing the County’s business.
- Complies with all rules and policies in order to maintain a safe work environment.
- Demonstrates high moral principles and professional standards with others through truthfulness and sincerity; makes ethical decisions.
- Provides a high-level of customer satisfaction.
- Maintains confidentiality.
- Competently performs all required job duties.
Martin County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.