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The duties of a Detention Officer include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting security walks and headcounts.
  • Performing inmate cell searches.
  • Performing searches of inmates and visitors.
  • Performing strip searches of inmates.
  • Conducting continual visual surveillance of inmates and various areas of detention facilities.
  • Providing inmate services, recreation, serving meals, visitation and clothing exchanges.
  • Selecting and operating appropriate buttons, switches and knobs used to control doors, sliders, and communication systems.
  • Monitoring and controlling all activities regarding inmate movement.
  • Pursuing fleeing inmates on foot.
  • Using body force to gain entrance through barriers to seize or rescue inmates.
  • Subduing resisting inmates using approved non-lethal weapons i.e., pepper spray (chemical discharge containing Oleo Resin Capsicum), stun devices (short duration exposure containing 50,000 volts and .0004 amps).
  • Performing basic first aid procedures and cardiopulmonary resuscitation as needed.
  • Gathering information for investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of the victims, witnesses, suspects and confidential informants.
  • Preparing logbook entries and writing reports.
  • Taking inventory and inspecting security equipment.
  • Operating telephones, electronic equipment, fingerprint equipment, cameras and fax machines.
  • Communicating over radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
  • Managing interpersonal conflicts to maintain order.