Corrections Deputy – Lateral

Tacoma, WA
Pierce County Sheriff's Office

$34.43 – $44.60 Hourly

Position Summary

This is work performed to provide care and custody of adult prisoners and to maintain order and discipline among the prisoners of the Pierce County Corrections and Detention Center, a maximum-security facility. Employees in this classification are responsible for the operation of the jail on a 24-hour, 7 day-a-week basis, and the direct and indirect supervision of inmates.

  • Monitor and control the activities of inmates, either individually or in groups.
  • Supervise inmates during mealtime feeding, visitation time, recreation, counseling and work assigned to prisoners.
  • Use independent judgment to take emergency action when necessary, including verbal de-escalation, physical and lethal uses of force.
  • Take informal action to correct inmate behavior as appropriate.
  • Conduct security checks and maintain security in all areas of the jail, as assigned.
  • Write all required reports/documentation of activity.
  • Investigate suspected rule violations.
  • Perform all physical and administrative tasks to book, search, and release prisoners.
  • Answer telephone calls and monitor jail access and egress.
  • Operate office equipment, communications equipment, personal computers and corrections automated systems.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing to people of all ages and from all social, cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds.
  • Perform duties of the position in a confined, controlled and high security environment.
  • Perform the functions and duties of all shifts in all required areas of the facility.
  • When commissioned and authorized, carry arms while transporting prisoners outside the jails or on other specific assigned duties.



  • Possess a valid correction officers’ commission in Washington State or equivalent commission from a Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) approved agency.
  • Successfully completed a Field Training Officer (FTO) period providing direct and/or indirect supervision of inmates in an adult corrections facility.
  • Must have successfully completed the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Corrections Officer Academy or possess an equivalent Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission certification as a Corrections Deputy


  • If no WA CJTC certificate, then have successfully completed the Washington State Correctional Worker Core (CWC) Academy or a Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission approved Corrections Academy or equivalency academy from another state.
  • High School diploma or G.E.D. certificate.
  • At least age twenty (20) at time of appointment.
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license at time of appointment and be able to provide proof of insurability.
  • Must be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident and ability to read and write the English language as required by RCW 41.14.100.
  • Ability to pass the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission physical fitness requirements.
  • Ability to successfully complete Pierce County Sheriff’s Department background investigation.