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Correctional Officer (This is a career ladder position)

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Department:Sheriff's Office
Division:Corrections Division
Salary Range:$17.70 - $26.06/Hour (Starting salary commensurate with qualifications/experience)
Minimum Age:21
Number of Openings:Continuous Recruitment
Employment Type:Full-time
This is a career ladder position; applicants will be considered for the highest level posted for which they qualify.

Job Description

General Purpose
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.
Special Qualifications
Correctional Officer I: Results from POST Entrance Exam required with application. Must be able to become certified as a Correctional Officer through the Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy (POST) within twelve months of hire date; must maintain certification and complete required annual training.

Correctional Officer II: Must be certified (or certifiable) as a Correctional Officer 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 polygraph examination. Must be at least 21 years of age (State statute requirement). Must be a citizen of the United States (State statute requirement). 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.
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. Certification of POST entry examination or certification as a Correctional Officer in the State of Utah must be attached to application packet. Successful applicants must pass the DCSO physical fitness standard. Supplemental questionnaire, proof of automobile insurance and a current Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) required with application; applicants with a Utah Driver License can obtain an MVR through the State Driver’s License Division or through Human Resources Office.

Required Documents

  • Background Investigation
    Successful candidates must pass the Davis County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) background investigation. As part of the background investigation, the DCSO requests that all applicants submit to a pre-employment polygraph examination.
  • Correctional Officer Application
    Applicant must complete and submit the Davis County Correctional Officer application for this position. To download the Correctional Officer Application, click here (PDF).
  • Motor Vehicle Report
    An official and current Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) is required and must be submitted with your application in order to be considered for this position. Applicants with a Utah Driver License can obtain an MVR through the State Driver's License Division or through the Davis County Human Resources Office. If you would like Human Resources to obtain your MVR, please indicate your preference on the Applicant Driving History portion of the application. See image below.
  • Physical Fitness
    Must pass the Davis County Sheriff’s Office physical fitness standard prior to employment and for POST certification.
  • POST Certification for Corrections
    • Applicants who are POST certified as a correctional officer must attach a photocopy of their POST certification to the application.
    • Applicants who are not POST certified as a correctional officer must become POST certified within twelve (12) months of hire. Applicants must take the POST Entrance Exam and attach test results to the application. Testing locations and fees are listed in the Davis County Correctional Officer Application.
  • POST Entrance Examination
    Must submit POST Entrance Examination results with your application.
  • Proof of Automobile Insurance
    Proof of current automobile insurance is required with application. Proof of insurance can be a photocopy of insurance card or policy, or a verification statement (must be on company stationery) from the insurance provider. Proof of insurance must include the applicant's name, insurance company name, and current policy period.

Contact Information

Physical Address
Davis County Admin Building
61 South Main Street, Suite 305
Farmington, Utah 84025

Mailing Address
Davis County Human Resources
P.O. Box 618
Farmington, Utah 84025

Phone Numbers
(801) 451-3415 :: Main
(801) 451-3228 :: TDD
(801) 451-3484 :: Job Hotline

Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(except legal holidays)

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