This is a responsible position involving the custody, control and care of inmates within an adult detention facility, and the movement of inmates within and outside the facility. Correctional Officer may work in any division in the jail. Their specific job functions are listed in the respective post order.
Examples of Duties
A. Abide by the “Law Enforcement Code of Ethics”.
B. Thoroughly know, understand and comply with Agency procedures, rules and regulations.
C. Thoroughly know, understand and comply with Florida State Statutes pertaining to county detention facilities, the Florida Model Jail Standards, and accreditation standards.
D. Be responsible for the reception, custody, control and release of inmates.
E. Write or type clear, legible, complete and accurate reports, logs and other records pertaining to inmates and their movement.
F. Maintain order and discipline within the facility, enforcing all inmate rules and regulations, and reporting all violations promptly, in writing, to a Corrections Custody Supervisor.
G. Be constantly alert and security conscious in order to prevent escapes, introduction of contraband or other violations.
H. Search visitors, if appropriate, and inmates entering the detention facility for contraband as required.
I. Inspect living quarters and inmates for contraband as per the Post Orders or Operations Directives.
J. Stand guard, observe inmates and take required action in emergencies.
K. Take personal charge of assigned inmates and supervise their activities.
L. Escort and guard inmates to and from hearings, trials, meetings, medical facilities, or other institutions or locations, as required.
JOB PREREQUISITES: (Corrections Officer I)
- Be at least 18 years of age as required by law.
- High School diploma or GED.
- Successfully complete Basic Corrections Recruit School and the state exam in the State of Florida or receive a certificate of comparative compliance from the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.
- Possession of a valid Florida Driver’s License, with a good driving record.
- Be able to effectively communicate information both orally and in writing.
- Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine a proper course of action.
- Ability to react quickly and calmly under emergency situations.
- Ability to cope with situations firmly, courteously, and tactfully, with respect to the rights of others.
- Ability to develop skills in the use and care of firearms and less-than-lethal weapons.
- Be in good physical and mental condition and successfully pass physical and psychological examinations, as required.