Correctional Officer – Lateral

Frederick, MD
Frederick County Sheriff's Office

Salary: $56,617.60 Annually.

Position Summary:

This uniformed corrections position is responsible for maintaining security and discipline at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on any shift as assigned by the Assistant Bureau Chief or Bureau Chief. Duties are performed with close supervision from a Field Training Officer, Correctional Officer II or higher. Initial assignments are carried out in accordance with current policies and procedures with structured on-the-job training throughout an 18 month probationary period. The employee participates as a team member with other correctional personnel in maintaining a safe, secure and controlled environment.

Essential Functions:

  • Maintain direct supervision, security and control over inmate population; enforce facility rules, regulations and disciplinary standards.
  • As needed, submit written reports of violations or irregularities to supervisory staff.
  • Maintain a system of regular and on-going counts of the inmate population; participate in routine searches and cell shakedowns to control contraband.
  • Conduct frequent security checks to ensure the safety and security of the inmate population as well as the overall condition of the facility.
  • Observe inmate activity and behavior patterns to detect and prevent disturbances, escape attempts and security violations.
  • Assist in physically controlling dangerous situations.
  • Escort inmates to and from in-house activities and remain present to enforce safety and security.
  • As needed, transport inmates to other locations outside the facility.
  • Process incarcerants into the facility according to standard procedures; prepare records of personal items and maintain responsibility for inmate property control.
  • Distribute sanitation supplies, deliver mail, and issue bedding and clothing to inmate population.
  • Communicate with the public on matters of visiting hours, inmate phone call periods, authorized articles for inmates and other inmate related information.
  • Communicate with attorneys, bondsmen, law enforcement agencies and the courts as necessary.
  • Operate radio equipment, electric security doors, monitor cameras and life safety systems; control access to restricted areas by security keys.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • Minimum age 18 years by completion of background process.
  • U.S.A. citizenship.
  • High school graduation or the equivalent.
  • Possession of a valid automobile operator’s license with the ability to obtain and maintain a Frederick County Employee Driving Permit.
  • Possession of current certification by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions (MPCTC) as a Correctional Officer.
  • NOTE: Current out-of-state Certified Correctional Officer’s may also be given consideration as a lateral entry applicant.