The detention officer position is a position for the supervision and control of all persons brought into the Doraville Police Department under the custody of the Doraville Police Department.
POSITION TITLE: DETENTION OFFICER
REPORTS TO: JAIL SUPERVISOR
DEPARTMENT: POLICE DEPARTMENT
NATURE OF WORK
The detention officer position is a position for the supervision and control of all persons brought into the Doraville Police Department under the custody of the Doraville Police Department or other agencies. The detention officer’s primary function is the safety and security of all Doraville Police Department employees and persons in the custody of the Doraville Police Department. Work involves the interaction with persons in custody to ensure that the proper booking/identification procedures are adhered to. The position also monitors all persons in custody awaiting transfer out of the Doraville Police Department to another agency, to court, or released on bond.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
- Processes persons in custody (arrestees) into the facility; intakes inmate personal property; fingerprints and photographs arrestees; explains bond procedures to arrestees.
- Supervises and monitors arrestees’ activities inside the facility on a continual basis, including providing meals for the inmates, arranging for medical care, and allowing the inmates to make telephone calls; conducts/records periodic cell checks; transfers arrestees to/from cells, booking areas, court, or other locations as directed; escorts inmates from one area of the facility to another.
- Arranges transport of inmates to court and medical facilities as needed.
- Conducts periodic checks to maintain security of the facility, checking door locks and other security devices.
- Receives, searches, and releases inmates brought in to the facility and completes all required paperwork.
- Supervises and conducts routine cleaning and maintenance activities within the intake and jail areas.
- Monitors two-way radio traffic; answers telephone calls; directs callers with the appropriate information about the arrestee; responds to callers as appropriate.
- Answers questions via the telephone about charges and bond information; answers questions for various law enforcement agencies; assists incoming officers with basic information about inmates.
- Enforces intake and jail area rules, regulations, policies, and procedures; maintains inmate discipline; maintains a secure and peaceful environment in the facility.
- Receives, processes, and books incoming inmates; records personal property of each inmate; conducts interviews to obtain personal information; makes fingerprint and photographic records of incoming inmates; records arrestee data in computer system and completes required documentation; verifies identification of inmates; lodges inmates into cells; provides bedding and toiletries as needed.
- Conducts release of inmates per established procedures; completes applicable forms upon release.
- Dispenses medications, administers first aid, and coordinates medical care per established procedures.
- Monitors inventory levels of supplies and ensures availability of adequate material to conduct work activities.
- Operates a personal computer and other general office equipment as necessary to complete essential functions.
- Operates the paddy wagon to transfer arrestees as dictated by the uniform supervisor.
- Performs other related duties as required.
Education and Experience
- High school diploma or equivalent required.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
- Good knowledge of public safety rules, regulations, terminology, and methods of operation.
- Must be able to learn, comprehend, and apply all city or departmental policies, practices, and procedures necessary to function effectively in the position.
- Ability to make quick and sound decisions and clearly and effectively communicate orally in a crisis situation.
- Ability to deal courteously and diplomatically with the public.
- Ability to type proficiently and accurately.
- Ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work, involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of objects and materials.
- Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as firearms, violence, disease, or rude/irate customers.
- Ability to produce legible handwritten material.
- Ability to perform multi-tasks.
- Must be eighteen (18) years of age or older.
- Must maintain and possess a valid Georgia driver’s license.
- Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations.
- Must possess and maintain a valid Basic Jail Officer certification within six (6) months of employment.
- Must be available to work various shifts which includes working on weekends and holidays.
- Ability to pass a pre-employment background investigation, to include but not be limited to, a physical examination with drug screening, a polygraph examination, a psychological examination, and an oral interview.