CLASSIFICATION NO. 120
CORRECTIONS DEPUTY, RECRUIT
Under close supervision, to maintain a close security watch and supervise inmates at the Sheriff's detention facility; to learn effective corrections procedures; and to do other work as required.
The Corrections Deputy series are specialized classes utilized in the Sheriff's Department detention facility. Incumbents of these classes are primarily oriented to prisoner control and overseeing prisoners in all phases of incarceration. Recruit Corrections Deputy is the entry or training level in the series which is distinguished from the fully certified Corrections Deputy by the level of responsibility exercised and supervision received. The Corrections Deputy series is distinguished from other law enforcement classes in that the work performed is normally confined to the Sheriff's detention facility and is not typically involved in field activities such as patrol.
Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
- Under close supervision, maintains order, discipline and security of prisoners in County detention facilities; supervises the security and conduct of inmates in cells, during group meetings, meals, bathing, recreation, visitations, and on work assignments.
- Assists Corrections Deputies in conducting investigations, interrogating witnesses, victims, complaints, seizes evidence, makes arrests, writes reports, prepares cases, and testifies in judicial proceedings or before Correctional Hearings Officer.
- Assists Corrections Deputies in processing prisoners admitted and discharged for transfer from facilities. These activities include booking and release, fingerprinting, photographing and issuing of clothing and supplies to new inmates.
- Receives and maintains the personal property of inmates; returns personal property to inmates on discharge.
- Inspects quarters of inmates for contraband; checks on sanitary conditions and orderliness of quarters.
- Follows doctors' or nurses' orders/instructions in the care of ill prisoners.
- May assist Corrections Deputies in the transport of prisoners to and from court, medical facilities, booking locations or other detention facilities.
- Maintains records as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Some knowledge of: Criminal attitudes and behavior patterns; purposes and methods of discipline as applied to prisoners under criminal confinement.
Skill to: Learn the operations of a corrections facility; learn the control, direction and instruction of inmates individually and in groups; understand, learn to interpret and enforce institutional rules and regulations with firmness, tact and impartiality; read and interpret written material accurately and rapidly; learn to promote socially acceptable attitudes and behavior of inmates; make rapid, effective and reasonable decisions in emergency situations and take appropriate action; maintain accurate records; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and a variety of criminal justice officials; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Duties are performed in a variety of settings which may involve the physical restraint of prisoners.
Persons occupying this position will be expected to successfully complete a formal training program and qualify at the higher level Corrections Deputy position within one year.
Positions in this class may require selective certification of male or female candidates depending on the work assignments with male or female prisoners.
Minimum of 21 years of age prior to appointment.
Must successfully pass an extensive background investigation including national fingerprint records check.
Must pass a pre-employment drug test.
Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.
MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS
Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that would demonstrate possession of the required knowledge and skills.