Correctional Officer

Ellicott City, MD
Howard County Government

Salary: $51,521.60 – $90,729.60 Annually.

Position Summary:

Performs correctional work at the full performance level under supervision from a technical superior and is responsible for maintaining security and the custody and care of incarcerated persons in the Howard County Detention Center and Central Booking Facility.

Essential Functions:

  • Screen inmates for suicide risk and other vulnerabilities.
  • Maintains security over inmates; observes inmate behavior and refer for services as appropriate; supervises the work assignments, recreational activities and housing activities of inmates; search inmates for contraband; inspects and searches inmate living areas; work spaces, recreational areas, program areas for cleanliness and/or contraband.
  • Ensure inmates get to scheduled programs.
  • Conducts and records security rounds, formal and informal counts and inspections.
  • Writes incident reports for inmate misconduct, use of force, etc.
  • May process the intake and discharge of inmates; receives and reviews legal; court, and all official documents pertaining to an inmate; receive and issue clothing, property and funds under the supervision of a superior.
  • Operate security detection equipment to include body scanner, metal detector and x-ray machines.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with staff and inmates.
  • May contact other departments to address inmate concerns; this includes, but is not limited to medical, mental health and classification.
  • May transport inmates; provide security of inmate while outside the confines of the detention center.
  • Document inmate movement and activities.
  • This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Minimum age of 21 years.
  • U.S. Citizenship or Resident Alien status.
  • Eligibility for certification by the Maryland Correctional Training Commission and possession of such certificate within 1 year of appointment.
  • Class C Maryland Driver’s License or equivalent issued by state of residence.
  • Successful qualification with Department issued handgun and shotgun, or other long rifle.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Computer and word processing skills.