Corrections Deputy (Sheriff)

Medford, OR
Jackson County, OR

$26.78 – $37.59 Hourly


Under general supervision to serve as a sworn Corrections Officer in county correction facilities with arrest powers identical to peace officers and to perform related work as required.


  • Processes and releases inmates to include taking their photographs and obtaining a legible set of inked fingerprint impressions. Verifies inmate identification; completes required questioning, including medical data. Issues and collects facility property (clothing, bedding, commissary). Provides laundry exchange. Seizes and re-issues inmate personal clothing and property during intake and release.
  • Supervises all inmates in an unbiased manner regardless of offense. Responds to major and minor disturbances, restores order and maintains inmate discipline. Restrains inmates, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints. Subdues resisting inmates using maneuvers, aerosol spray restraint, and resorts to the use of hands and feet and other approved devices in self defense. Exercises independent judgment in determining when force may be used and to what degree. Uses firearms to defend department personnel or others from the threatened use of deadly physical force.
  • Searches people, clothing, mail items, objects capable of concealing contraband, buildings and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time and detaining people. Inspects unclothed inmates including body cavities, with potential encounters with body fluids, wastes, and communicable diseases. Supervises infectious prisoners. May encounter suicidal or deceased inmates.
  • Detects and collects evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses or administrative violations. Confiscates illegal property. Detects the presence of conditions such as smoke, unusual or excessive noise, odors, etc.
  • Controls access to and from facilities, supervises inmate movement and supervises inmate program activities. Safely uses handcuffs and other appropriate restraints while transporting and escorting inmates outside of the facility.
  • Conducts inmate count, with personal inspection at least once each hour. Conducts security/welfare checks. Records facility activity schedule on facility logs. Conducts pre-housing search of cells according to policy.
  • Lifts, carries, or drags heavy objects; climbs up to and down from elevated surfaces; crawls in confined areas; uses body force to gain entrance to secured areas; pursues fleeing inmates; performs rescue operations to include administering basic emergency medical aid and evacuating inmates from confined areas.
  • Conducts visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time; operates and monitors surveillance equipment; operates and monitors electronic security equipment. Reads computer and camera screens, court and other legal and non-legal documents, distinguishes colors, and exercises full field of vision while supervising inmates.


  • Graduation from an accredited high school or successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) test.
  • Any combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the duties of the position; or documented related work experience in a responsible position with a willingness to complete criminal justice college course work for advancement and certification.
  • Position requires the ability to learn and apply laws and contemporary court decisions pertaining to inmate rights, detention, arrest and use of force; ability to listen, evaluate and analyze facts and draw correct conclusions promptly; ability to understand and carry out instructions promptly; ability to speak and write effectively and to record information clearly and concisely; ability to endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of inmates and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment; ability to perform simple mathematical calculations and draw simple diagrams; ability to learn department rules, procedures, corrections principles, and techniques; ability to deal with inmates and the public in stressful and non-stressful situations; ability to lift, drag, carry or push heavy objects; ability to walk for long periods of time and run for short distances; ability to climb up to and down from elevated surfaces; ability to crawl in confined areas; ability to use body force to gain entrance to secured areas; ability to subdue aggressive individuals; and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the public.


  • Must be 21 years old, a United States citizen, and possess a valid Oregon driver’s license within 30 days after employment.
  • May not pose a “direct threat” to the health and safety of himself/herself or others.
  • Shall not have been convicted of a crime designated under the law where the conviction occurred as being punishable as a felony or as a crime for which a maximum term of imprisonment of more than one (1) year may be imposed.
  • Shall not have been convicted of violating any law of this state or any other jurisdiction involving the unlawful use, possession, delivery, or manufacture of a controlled substance, narcotic or dangerous drug.