CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 122
Established: 05/77
Revised: 02/88, 05/90
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 4

CORRECTIONS SERGEANT

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under general supervision, to provide lead work supervision of Corrections Officers maintaining jail security and discipline at the Sheriff's detention facilities; and to do other work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Corrections Officer series are specialized classes utilized in the Sheriff's Department detention facilities. Positions in these classes are primarily oriented to overseeing prisoners in all phases of incarceration.

The Corrections Sergeant is the leadworker level in the series and provides functional supervision and direction to the lower level Corrections Officers and Recruit Corrections Officers. The Corrections Officer classification series is certified by the Board on Police Standards and Training. The series is distinguished from other law enforcement classes by the work performed which normally is confined to the Sheriff's detention facilities and is not typically involved in any field activities, such as patrol.

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Functionally supervises, assigns, and monitors the work of Corrections Officers and Recruit Corrections Officers assigned to a shift; reviews and approves reports submitted by Corrections Officers.
  2. Maintains order, discipline, and security of prisoners in the County detention facilities; supervises the security and conduct of inmates in cells, during group meetings, meals, bathing, recreation, visitations, and on work assignments.
  3. Conducts interviews of witnesses and victims; seizes evidence; makes arrests; writes reports; prepares cases; testifies in judicial proceedings or before correctional hearings officers; investigates inmate grievances and complaints involving corrections staff.
  4. Processes prisoners admitted and discharged from correctional facilities; records personal data, makes inventories of belongings, makes cell assignments, examines prisoners for injuries, drugs and weapons; takes fingerprints and mug photographs; issues clothing and supplies to new inmates; receives and maintains personal property of inmates; returns personal property to inmates on discharge.
  5. Inspects quarters of inmates for contraband; inspects and monitors for sanitary conditions and orderliness of quarters; instructs inmates regarding jail regulations, sanitation, and behavior.
  6. Performs the typical tasks of lower level Corrections Officer classifications as required; follows doctors' and nurses' orders/instructions in the care of ill prisoners; may transport prisoners to and from court, medical facilities, work locations, or other detention facilities; maintains complete and accurate records as required; greets the public on phone and in person, answers questions and informs the public about inmate welfare, jail procedures, visitations, and the court and legal procedures.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Thorough knowledge of: Modern corrections practices in the care and treatment of prisoners in penal institutions; Corrections policies and procedures; techniques of interrogation and identification and preservation of physical evidence.

Considerable knowledge of: The judicial system and statutes on jails; legal procedures related to penal commitment; detention and correctional institution security requirements and techniques.

Skill to: Supervise, plan and train Corrections Officers; maintain control and security of a large number of inmates; keep a variety of records and make accurate reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships; deal firmly and tactfully with inmates, other employees, other agencies, and the public; successfully fingerprint; apply physical restraints, operate firearms, and perform self-defense; operate photographic equipment; maintain accurate files; withstand verbal abuse; act quickly and assume command in stressful or emergency situations; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; perform basic mathematical computations.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Duties are performed in a variety of settings which may involve the physical restraint of prisoners.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Must be certified as a Corrections Officer by the Oregon Board on Police Standards and Training at the basic level.

Must successfully pass an extensive background investigation including national fingerprint records check.

Must pass a pre-employment drug test.

Driving may be necessary for County business. For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license. Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation. For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS

Must meet the minimum recruitment requirements as stipulated by the Board on Police Standards and Training.

OTHER INFORMATION

Last two merit ratings as a Corrections Officer must be satisfactory or better. Promotional opportunity only.