Detention Officer

Description :

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Hertford County is seeking to fill the following full-time and part-time positions.

Detention Officer

General Definition of Work

Performs responsible protective service work ensuring the care and security of inmates at the county jail; does related work as required. Work is performed under the regular supervision of the Detention Sergeant.

Essential Functions/Typical Tasks

Ensuring care and security of inmates; processing inmates; maintaining jail security; transporting inmates; maintaining records and files; preparing reports.

The following functions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

  • Admits prisoners to the County jail; ensure that inmates are properly booked and searched, and allowed calls to attorneys and relatives; advises inmates of jail rules and regulations.
  • Secures inmates’ property, properly storing and returning appropriate items upon release.
  • Reviews logs and reports from previous shifts; maintains knowledge of inmate population and cell assignments; completes activity logs and reports.
  • Supervises and/or operates central or block control center panel and monitors security cameras, television monitors to view areas of Jail; performs visual and audio surveillance of doors and activities of inmates and staff.
  • Observes inmate’s demeanor to determine illness and/or mental state and possible need for treatment and/or closer observation.
  • Issues linen, clothing, toilet supplies; supervises shower and inventory of supplies.
  • Distributes mail to inmates; provides inmates with paper, pencils and envelopes; collects outgoing mail from inmates.
  • Inspects the cleaning of jail to meet requirements of state and local regulations and standards.
  • Patrols jail area periodically to prevent escapes and maintain order.
  • Supervises inmate trustees in service of meals.
  • Supervises inmate trustees in cleaning of jail cells; distributes cleaning supplies to inmates.
  • Prepares inmates for court, visitations or medical appointments, etc.; escorts work release inmates to and from cell blocks; searches inmates upon return to Jai; assists visitors; inspects items brought to jail for inmates.
  • Distributes prescribed medications to inmates, as instructed; ensures inmates are provided prescribed medications.
  • Escorts clergy members through cell blocks to meet with inmates.
  • Performs related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Some knowledge of the security, rules, regulations and procedures of the institution; some knowledge of the practices of modern penology as related to the supervision and care of persons under institutionalized restraint; ability to enforce institutional rules firmly and fairly; ability to detect potential behavior problems of inmates; ability to detect the early symptoms of common health problems; ability to carry out oral and written directions accurately; ability to solve problems within scope of responsibility; ability to supervise the activities of large groups of inmates; ability to maintain accurate and detailed records and prepare reports; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates.

Education and Experience

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school.

Physical Requirements

This is light work requiring the exertion of 20 pounds of force occasionally, up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and negligible amount of force constantly to move objects; work requires climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, and repetitive motions; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word, and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly, or quickly; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels, and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; visual acuity is required for night vision, peripheral vision, preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, use of measuring devices, assembly or fabrication of parts at or within arm’s length, operation of machines, operation of motor vehicles or equipment, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities; the worker is subject to inside environmental conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, and noise. The worker may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment.

Special Requirements

Possession of or ability to acquire Detention Officer certification issued by the State of North Carolina within one year of employment.

Annual Salary:


 Application Deadline:

Open Until Filled

Application Process:

To be considered for this position, you must complete a Hertford County Application for Employment, in its entirety.  Your application must be signed.  Cover letters, resumes, transcripts, and other supplemental documentation may accompany your Hertford County Application for Employment.  Selected candidates are subject to a criminal background check and motor vehicle record check.


Contact :

Submit applications by mail, email, facsimile, or in person to:

Hertford County
Attn: Carol Ward, Detention Administrator
701 North Taylor Street
Winton, NC 27986
Phone: (252) 358-7862
Fax: (252) 427-4584 (include cover letter)       

Deadline for Applying : Open until filled