Correctional Officer

Stillwater, MN
Washington County Sheriff Office

Salary: $30.11 – $41.85 Hourly.

Position Summary:

The Correctional Officer is responsible for the safety and security of incarcerated persons in the County jail. Work is performed under general supervision and is reviewed through observation, discussion and evaluation of results attained.

Essential Functions:

  • Process people received at Intake/Master Control including fingerprinting, mug shot, searching, storing property and obtaining booking information; during this process, Correctional Officers qualify charges and ensures inmates are released after proper authorization;
  • Supervise, control and escort inmates, visitors, staff and vendors; ensures that all movement is authorized;
  • Determine the security risk of prisoners going to court and escort prisoners to and from court controlling their conduct; assist court security for emergencies if requested.
  • Deescalate disturbances and altercations in the Jail;
  • Record appropriate court data accurately and concisely regarding the status of persons in custody, sentencing orders and other information on persons being sentenced;
  • Act as liaison between programs, probation officers, nurses, building services, crew leaders and the Jail; may be called to testify in court;
  • Ensure the safety and security of visitors, staff, and contractors;
  • Makes well-being checks of housing units and work areas and initiate counts of inmates at regular and irregular intervals; maintain control and discipline including use of physical restraint and restraining devices and professional communication techniques.
  • Supervise inmates in housing units; instructs inmates in housekeeping and sanitation; enforces rules, observes behaviors and documents inmate’s behavior; maintains and updates records on inmates, including logs, incidents, profile information, and forms;
  • Maintain proper security of inmates being transported; ensures that all transportation orders are completed accurately and signed by the appropriate authority; institutes proper restraints as appropriate for inmate’s custody classification; check transportation vehicles before and after transport;
  • Answer questions of the public, law enforcement officials, other departments and inmates in accordance with the Data Practices Act and County policy;
  • Respond to emergency situations in the jail, such as medical, weather, fire emergencies and inmate disturbances; acts in accordance with policy and procedure notifies proper authorities; administer basic first aid as necessary;
  • Work auxiliary posts in the jail: Laundry, Juvenile and Office Support, Trustee supervisor;
  • Operate all jail equipment properly; inventories all security items and equipment during a shift;
  • Follow the lawful directives of supervisors.
  • Operate numerous technology systems such as ALERTS, lotus notes, Citrix, CCTV, security systems, water management system, fingerprint machine, ID system, and internet;
  • Dispense medication under the supervision of the Correctional Health Professional and complete and process inmate referrals to Mental Health Professionals;
  • Distribute meals, laundry, canteen hygiene items, and cleaning supplies;
  • Enter and verify data into a computer system according to established procedures; maintain computer or manual logs; prepare new files.
  • May volunteer to participate on work teams such as ERT, FTO, SRT uniform, safety, recognition, LMC and instructor.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Possess a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in any field of study.
  • Possess an associate’s degree in corrections, law enforcement, psychology, sociology, or criminology.
  • One (1) year paid experience in corrections, law enforcement, mental health unit/psychiatric unit/behavioral health unit, or emergency medical services.
  • Two (2) or more years of paid experience in the U.S. Armed Services.
  • Three (3) or more years of paid experience in the security services field.