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Jail Operations Specialist

Department:Sheriff's Office
Salary Range:$15.24 - $26.35 / hour
Minimum Age:18
Employment Type:Full-Time
Salary commensurate with qualifications/experience

Job Description

General Purpose

Under the general supervision of a Corrections supervisor, performs a variety of specialized security duties to maintain the safety and security of the Correctional Officers.  Monitors inmates in housing unit control pods, responding to situations as they arise, and performs clerical duties to facilitate the booking of inmates at the Davis County Correctional Facility. 

Example of Duties

(Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all of the duties which may be found in positions of this class.)

Monitors Correctional Officers to maintain their safety while in the housing units. Coordinates with
Correctional Officers regarding the needs of the inmates.

Operates a wide variety of jail facility security and safety devices inside the control centers; directly
operates safety devices inside control centers controlling the movement of inmates, thereby being directly
responsible for the safety and security of Corrections staff and inmates.

Verifies identity of individuals entering and leaving the correctional facility.

Assists Correctional Officers with the safety and security of inmates and staff in the housing unit control
pods; monitors the well-being of Correctional Officers conducting security rounds in assigned areas.

Maintains visual observations of inmate movement and activity from control pods; maintains vigilance for
perceived threats, fights, medical and other emergencies, or any illegal activity, and uses radios to call for
assistance. Documents all inmate activity such as meal pass, medical watches, visiting, court and
recreation. Maintains accurate log of all inmate movement in and out of assigned area. Writes reports, as
necessary, on inmate activities.

Controls interior and exterior doors of the correctional facility. Monitors visual and audio systems in
Central Control; reports disruptions in the booking area to a Correctional Officer or supervisor; monitors
radio transmission for emergency situations.

Screens outgoing inmate mail for irregularities or violations; monitors unauthorized inmate-to-inmate

Intake duties/responsibilities: answers and routes calls from employees, attorneys, judges, and bail
bondsmen with call-in questions; assists callers who receive threatening calls from inside the jail; receives
calls on serious injury, illness, or death notifications regarding inmates. Performs other routine duties that
support the booking process including, but not limited to, logging information, issuing clothing, answering
routine questions, and completing an inventory of needed supplies. Performs inmate screenings by
gathering information (e.g. physical/mental health histories, legal documents and other pertinent
information) from inmates and other sources of information.

Education and Experience

High school graduation or equivalent, plus at least one (1) year of full time clerical, administrative
support or customer service experience, OR experience working in corrections, law enforcement or
security, OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. An Associate’s Degree in
Criminal Justice or a closely related field, OR education relating to military service or ROTC, or an
internship with a law enforcement agency may be considered towards the one (1) year experience

Preference for directly related experience.

Career Ladder: This position is part of a career ladder job series. Incumbents in this classification may
be eligible to advance to Jail Operations Specialist II on her or his eligibility date , after meeting the
minimum requirements for the position and upon supervisor’s recommendation and Administrative
Officer concurrence.

Special Qualifications

Must be at least 18 years of age.

Must pass the Davis County Sheriff’s Office background investigation.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working knowledge of:  jail security practices and procedures; Central Control operations and equipment; principles and practices of custody and control; inmate behavior patterns; booking procedures; modern office practices and procedures; all applicable software applications; professional telephone etiquette.

Skill in: using jail safety/security devices; keyboarding and data entry.

Ability to:  interact directly with inmates; observe, identify and effectively react to various security situations or emergency conditions and make effective decisions; monitor visual and audio security systems; operate all applicable computer hardware and software applications; perform data entry; sit for extended periods of time; work rotating shifts, including evenings, holidays, and weekends; comply with all uniform requirements; perform multiple tasks simultaneously; operate multi-line telephone and modern office equipment; perform basic mathematic computations accurately; perform routine and detailed clerical duties requiring some exercise of independent judgment; follow written and oral instructions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, employees, other departments, and the general public.

Important Information
Davis County is a drug-free workplace. All successful applicants for positions in the County must successfully pass a drug screen prior to employment.

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