Under general supervision of the Corrections Sergeant, controls all activities and movement of jail inmates with regard to the health, welfare and security of each prisoner.
Example of Duties
(Any one position does not include all of the duties listed; nor do the listed examples include all duties which may be found in positions of this class). Guards inmates in County jail. Accepts custody of inmates from arresting officers; may prepare arrest records identifying prisoners and charge assigned; receives and processes incoming prisoners; takes fingerprints and photographs of inmates; locks prisoner in cell after searching for weapons, valuables or drugs; secures inmates’ money and property; maintains control of hostile, combative, and intoxicated inmates. Conducts searches of inmates’ housing areas; visually monitors inmates’ movement and activities; delivers and picks up meal trays and other items; inspects and distributes mail to inmates; monitors visits and telephone calls; may provide first aid or other basic medical attention; prepares inmates for transportation and accompanies inmates to court or other areas of the jail facility. Responds to emergency situations (e.g., altercations, illness, injury); provides medical assistance or refers inmates to medical staff; imposes inmate disciplinary measures as necessary; restrains inmates as necessary; responds to inmates’ requests and complaints. Performs related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
This is a career ladder position; applicants will be considered for the highest level posted for which they qualify.
Correctional Officer I: High School graduation. Preference for Corrections Officer certification in the State of Utah.
Correctional Officer II: High school graduation plus at least thirty (30) months of full-time experience as a Correctional Officer, or an acceptable combination of education and experience.
Correctional Officer III: High school graduation (or equivalent) plus at least five (5) years of full-time experience as a Correctional Officer; an acceptable combination of education and experience may be considered.
Correctional Officer I: Must be able to become certified as a Basic Correctional Officer (BCO) and Special Functions Officer (SFO) through the Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy (POST) within twelve months of hire date; maintain certification and complete required annual training.
Correctional Officer II & III: Must be certified (or certifiable) as a Basic Correctional Officer (BCO) and Special Functions Officer (SFO) through the Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy (POST); maintain certification and complete required annual training.
Must pass the Davis County Sheriff’s Office background investigation. As part of the background investigation, the DCSO requests that all applicants submit to a pre-employment eye detect examination.
Must be at least 21 years old at the time of certification for Special Functions Officer (SFO).
Must be either a United States citizen; or a lawful resident of the United States who has been in the United States legally for at least five years; and has legal authorization to work in the United States.
Must pass the Davis County Sheriff’s Office Physical Fitness Standard prior to employment and for POST certification.
Must participate and undertake a valid attempt in the physical fitness testing annually.
Employees driving a personal or a County vehicle for job related travel must possess a valid driver license and must operate a motor vehicle in a safe manner; new employees with an out-of-state license must obtain a valid Utah Driver License within sixty (60) days of hire date (exceptions for military personnel and their dependents). Employees driving a personal vehicle while on county business must maintain the minimum vehicle liability insurance as specified in the Utah Code.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Some knowledge of jail procedures and laws applying to incarceration, and booking procedures. This position may require the driving of a motor vehicle; skill in operating a motor vehicle in a safe manner; ability to insure motor vehicle is operating in a safe manner. Ability to: work rotating shifts, weekend, and holidays; complete booking procedures; observe multiple activities and respond quickly to inmate conduct; identify dangers involved with handling inmates; understand and enforce jail policies, procedures and practices; restrain unruly inmates; adjust, cope, and respond quickly in emergency situations; exercise sound judgment; interact effectively with multiple inmates from divergent backgrounds; prepare clear and concise reports; perform data entry on computers; communicate effectively (orally and in writing); follow written and oral instructions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, and the general public.
Davis County is a drug-free workplace. All successful applicants for positions in the County must successfully pass a drug screen prior to employment.