Detention Officer - (Sign-on Bonus Available)
Job Details
Detention - , NC
Full Time
High School Diploma
Rotating Shift
Description and Qualifications


General Statement of Duties

Performs responsible correctional and detention work in the County jail.


Distinguishing Features of the Class

Employees in this class perform inmate detention, care, security, and release work in accordance with established policies and procedures.  Work includes the observation and accompaniment of inmates inside the jail and related care and record keeping requirements.  Employees must exercise independent initiative and judgement in making decision regarding inmates and their custody, with suicidal, violent, or mentally unstable tendencies, and in dealing with attorneys, families, and other.  Work involves exercising tact, firmness, and decisiveness in handling routine and emergency situations.  Employees are subject to hazards in law enforcement work including working inside a jail environment and exposure to various hazards such as dangerous persons, loud noises, and hazards such as cleaning chemicals, close quarters, and narrow passages.  Work is also subject to the final OSHA standards on bloodborne pathogens.  Work is performed under general supervision and is reviewed for adherence to regulations and procedures, accuracy of paperwork, adherence to schedules, and effective interpersonal skills and decision-making in dealing with inmates and coworkers.


Essential Duties and Tasks

  • Processes incoming inmates, completes necessary paperwork, takes photographs, searches inmates, obtains and secures inmates's personal property, assigns and escorts inmates to proper holding facilities, advises inmates of jail rules and regulations.
  • Arranges contacts by visits or telephone calls between inmates and relatives, court officials, attorneys; escorts inmates to visiting rooms; answers telephone and radio, inspects incoming and outgoing mail.
  • Controls doors, cell blocks, cell block telephones, and other devices to insure proper safety and security of jail occupants.
  • Distributes medication, personal hygiene items, meals, linens, clothing, and other items to inmates; checks on intoxicated and other prisoners in special medical or mental conditions.
  • Prepares inmates for court.
  • Maintains accurate and detailed records on work and inmate activities; enters inmate records into computer data base; prints reports.
  • Transports inmates to court, other prisons, medical visits and other locations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Working knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations pertaining to inmate sentencing, pre-trial conditions and release.

  • Working knowledge of policies and procedures covering inmate security, classification, care, and discipline.

  • Working knowledge of the practices, materials and equipment used in cleaning and maintaining buildings and equipment.

  • Ability to exercise sound judgement in routine and emergency situations.

  • Ability to work in a hazardous and confining environment.

  • Ability to deal tactfully and firmly with inmates, law enforcement personnel, and the general public.

  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with the supervisors, other employees, law enforcement and court personnel, and the general public.


Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.

  • Must be able to perform medium work exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

  • Must possess visual acuity to prepare records and reports; observe people and things for security purposes, and operate computer terminals.

Desirable Education and Experience

  • Graduation from high school supplemented by jail certification training.

Special Requirement

  • Compliance with minimum standards for training and certification as set by the state of North Carolina for jail personnel within twelve months of employment. 
  • Possession of a valid North Carolina driver's license.
  • Must be 21 years old.
Compensation and Benefits

Salary Range:  ($34,142 - $54,627)  -  If hired at the beginning hiring rate, the employee may be eligible for up to a 5% increase after satisfactory completion of the probationary period.  Additional qualifications and experience may be considered to be hired above the beginning hiring rate.


* Sign-On Bonus - $5,000 -  Paid in 3-installments

Granville County offers a very competitive benefits package. It includes County health and life insurance, group rate coverage for dental and vision, a flexible spending plan, 401k, and a retirement pension (once fully vested). Granville County employees enjoy 12 paid holidays per year as well as the ability to accrue vacation and sick leave on a monthly basis. Several voluntary supplemental insurance options are also offered. Granville County offers excellent promotional and advancement opportunities as well as unrivaled career security in working for local government.


Granville County is an Equal Opportunity Employer