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Detention - Corrections Officer #16-00145
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Job Description

Spokane County invites applications for the position of:

Detention - Corrections Officer


  • $23.33 - $29.95 Hourly
  • $4,043.88 - $5,190.80 Monthly
  • $48,526.56 - $62,289.60 Annually

Opening Date: April 2, 2018

Closing Date: Continuous

Department: Detention Services

Total Compensation: $62,113.99 - $79,730.68 annually.

  • Total compensation is an estimate based upon base compensation, median retirement fund contributions, and current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution rates (including medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability, and leave). The actual total will vary depending upon each employee's enrollment choices.

Who may Apply: This recruitment is open to all applicants meeting the minimum requirements. Final candidates must successfully pass a criminal background check.

Note to Applicants: This recruitment may be used to fill both current and future vacancies. You are not eligible to re-apply for one year after being declined by Detention Services.

Testing Dates and Process: Applicants who meet the minimum requirements and standards will be invited by email (after the closing date) to a Written Exam and Physical Ability Test (PAT).

If you have questions regarding the selection process as described above, please contact Ivana at 509-477-6670. More information on how to prepare for the PAT is available here: https://fortress.wa.gov/cjtc/www/images/Corrections/COA%20PAT%20Guidelines%20-%20Revised%20Aug%202013.pdf.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 OR Saturday, May 12th, 2018

The Detention - Corrections Officer selection process will include:

  • Written Test
  • Physical Ability Test
  • Detailed Personal History Form
  • Integrity Interview
  • Oral Board
  • Background Investigation


Job Summary: Maintains order and security and supervises activities of inmates at a County Correctional Facility housing County inmates, Federal prisoners and/or work release inmates.

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Performs custody duties which include pat and strip searching inmates, monitoring inmate work assignments, inspecting inmate quarters in facility buildings to detect contraband, conducting urinalysis and/or breath analysis tests, conducting counts and security checks, and assisting medical staff in caring for the health of inmates and/or rendering first aid as necessary.
  • Prepares and transports inmates to court, medical and/or dental appointments, hospital transports, guard duty and agency transports.
  • Serves warrants, subpoenas, writs and other legal papers. Oversees food service, routine cleaning and the personal hygiene of inmates. May be required to assist in fingerprinting and photographing individuals.
  • Testifies in court or hearings, as required.
  • Follows facility temporary release procedures including punching time clocks, and ensuring that inmates assigned to work release sign out; and, follows facility re-entry procedures including identifying persons, unlocking security doors, punching time clocks, and allowing work release inmates to secure property.
  • Follows facility release procedures including booking in and out, positive identification of inmates, reviews release paperwork and returns personal belongings to that inmate with proper documentation when they are released through established procedures of bail, court order, or as directed by an appropriate authority.
  • Operates the security doors that facilitate the release.
  • Follows facility booking procedures including identifying persons, receiving, searching and booking incoming inmates, unlocking security doors, ensuring intake paperwork is correctly completed and issuing the proper supplies and storing personal effects according to established policy and procedure.
  • Answers inmates' questions regarding the facilities rules, regulations, and policies and procedures.
  • Maintains custody and control of inmates by enforcing facility rules and maintains safety and discipline according to established regulations and policies and procedures.
  • Supervises resident living areas, and ensures that cleaning procedures and activities are being followed. Supervises inmates during meals, visiting, and outings in the community.
  • Checks court orders for release and/or detention of inmates.
  • Maintains and writes routine records and reports. Observes significant behavior changes and/or problems in inmates and reports such incidents to the appropriate staff.
  • Performs other related work as required.

Minimum Requirements:

Training and Experience: High school graduate or hold a GED certificate -AND- a minimum of two (2) years of full time responsible work experience post High School. Please note: Related college coursework (such as Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Criminal Justice, etc.) may substitute year for year for experience.

License: Must possess a valid, lawful driver's license and have no more than four (4) moving violations in the three (3) years preceding the application.

Please note: Background inquiries shall be completed prior to appointment to positions. The background investigation will include a polygraph examination, a psychological evaluation and a medical evaluation.

Minimum age is 21. Good physical condition; height and weight proportional and sufficient for physical restraint of prisoners; vision at least 20/100 without corrective lens, corrected to 20/20 in the good eye, and 20/30 in the lesser eye. Normal color vision; normal hearing. U.S. citizen, able to read and write the English language. Record free from felony conviction or excessive traffic violations.

Must be free of any physical, emotional, or mental conditions which might adversely affect performance as an Officer as determined by a medical and psychological exam.

Special Requirements: Applicants must take and pass a Physical Ability Test (PAT) exam as part of the hiring process. This test includes sit-ups, push-ups and running. A minimum requirement must be achieved in each physical category in order to pass this exam. Further, applicants selected for Corrections Officer positions will be required to successfully complete the four (4) week Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Corrections Officers Academy within the first six (6) months after appointment.

Selection Factors:

Knowledge of:

  • Basic requirements for effective supervision of people under adverse circumstances.
  • Dealing with people regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic or ethnic backgrounds.
  • Report writing and maintenance and/or documentation of records.

Ability to:

  • Read, comprehend, and enforce facility rules and regulations.
  • Learn booking/releasing, arraignment and jail recording keeping procedures.
  • Handle emergency situations in an efficient and calm manner, acting quickly and effectively.
  • Maintain records and reports and communicate effectively orally or in writing.
  • Intervene in crisis or violent situations and use force to restore order or calm inmates in potentially hostile situations.
  • Deal effectively with inmates, staff and the general public.
  • Maintain effective supervisory relationships over inmates in custodial care and on work details.
  • Qualify in defensive tactics and hostage survival, CPR and basic first aid.
  • Handle firearms safely and fire them accurately.
  • Maintain control of own temper to remain in charge of situations.
  • Demonstrate a high level of professionalism and personal ethical behavior.
  • (Within the last five years) show no past convictions for DUI or a suspended driver's license.


Skilled in:

  • The use of personal computers.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, including good independent judgment and de-escalation techniques.
  • Accurately maintaining documentation.


We Are An Equal Opportunity Employer

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