Detention Deputy

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Detention Deputy


Detention Deputies require state certification as correctional officers in the state of Florida and are supervised by an assigned sergeant. The primary responsibility is the custody and physical restraint (when necessary) of inmates within the facility, while on a work detail, or while being transported outside the facility along with but not limited to:

  • Executing emergency procedures
  • Verbally and/or physically control inmates
  • Conduct searches of cells and inmates
  • Supervision of inmates during in cell and out of cell activities
  • Resolve inmate disputes
  • Perform intakes and releases
  • Perform the collection and distribution of inmate property and mail
  • Testify in court
  • Operate transport vehicles
  • Monitor visitors

Detention Deputies may be rotated into specialty areas, including:

  • Classification
  • Programs
  • Transport

The most important and essential job function of the position is attitude, which includes, the following: Interacting positively and cooperating with co-workers, responding politely to customers, working as a team member, functioning under intense time pressure, and responding in a positive manner to supervision.

Detention Deputies may perform other related duties and tasks as required and shall have the physical, mental, and emotional abilities to perform the essential job duties of the position.

Required Skills and Knowledge

  • Operation of cell locks
  • Sally Port controls
  • Operation of control panels
  • Location of inmate cells
  • Defensive tactics
  • Officer safety techniques
  • First Aid
  • CPR
  • Use of restraints
  • Search techniques
  • Signal codes
  • Courtroom demeanor
  • Computers and current JMS software
  • Divisional emergency plans
  • HCSO policy and procedures
  • Basic grammar skills
  • Basic math skills

Required Abilities

  • Inventory keys
  • Identify contraband
  • Formulate and complete standard reports
  • Categorize data
  • Operate a motor vehicle
  • Read a clock
  • Read and write English
  • Speak English understandably
  • Handle stress
  • Adapt to change
  • Direct an evacuation / emergency situation
  • Perform related work as required
  • Take directions
  • Use interpersonal communication skills

Essential Duties

  • Operate manual cell locks
  • Conduct / verify inmate counts
  • Patrol on foot to observe housing and confinement areas
  • Maintain security of keys
  • Update and maintain security post logs
  • Monitor controlled and/or restricted areas
  • Patrol on foot the perimeter of the facility
  • Monitor video cameras
  • Escort visitors or vendors
  • Report to work when scheduled

Physical Requirements

  • Sit and stand for long periods of time
  • Walk five miles
  • See at a normal range or with accommodations
  • Hear at a normal range or with accommodations
  • Drag, lift, and carry heavy objects up to 160 lbs.
  • Manual dexterity
  • Ambulate independently
  • Walk, run, crawl, bend, and squat
  • Sense of smell
  • Recognize colors
  • Climb stairs

Education, Professional Certification or License

  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Valid Florida driver’s license
  • State of Florida, Basic Recruit, Certificate of Compliance after completion of training in accordance with the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission *CJSTC, or comparable out of state training
  • Successful completion of HCSO Field Training and Evaluation Program

Professional Experience

  • Prior experience in corrections, security, military, or social work fields is preferred, but not mandatory

Environmental Conditions

  • Works near potentially dangerous persons
  • Work may require physical acts of strength and endurance
  • May work with a firearm or other weapon
  • Works rotating 12 hr. shifts
  • Works in confined areas with limited access to freedom