Detention Deputy

Sanford, FL
Seminole County Sheriff's Office

Salary: $20.00 Hourly.

Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

Detention Deputies perform generalized corrections work in the care, custody, control and re-entry of sentenced and non-sentenced inmates at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility.

A Detention Deputy is a uniformed officer who is responsible for the care, custody, control and re-entry of sentenced and non-sentenced inmates. As a Detention Deputy, your role includes helping provide offenders with the tools necessary to become law-abiding citizens upon release. Detention Deputies maintain a consistent routine and demeanor while supervising offenders.

Essential Functions:

  • Supervising inmates to prevent altercations.
  • Maintaining accurate count and current location of all inmates.
  • Communicating effectively and coherently with other officers and inmates.
  • Demonstrating communications skills in court and other formal settings.
  • Ensure the cleanliness of the area of assigned responsibility.
  • Perform crisis intervention functions to include counseling, suicide prevention, recognizing abnormal behavior, and taking appropriate action.
  • Maintain detailed documentation.


  • Applicant must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Applicant must be a United States citizen.
  • Applicant must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver’s License.
  • Applicant would qualify with a college degree OR 60 hours of college credit; OR military experience (2 years active or 4 years reserve status); OR three (3) years of experience as a Certified Corrections Officer; OR three (3) years of consistent work experience (within the last five (5) years).
  • Selected applicants will be requested to sign an Employment Agreement for a 2-year time commitment in position from successful completion of the agency’s field training program.
  • Applicants who do not successfully complete the academy will be required to reimburse the Sheriff’s Office for all expenses incurred up to the last active training date.
  • Upon successful completion of the academy, applicants are required to pass the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) state exam.
  • Applicant must pass a physical examination with drug screening and a psychological evaluation by a licensed physician.
  • All applicants must submit to a thorough background investigation in accordance with FDLE standards.
  • All applicants will be required to take a Physical Abilities Test (P.A.T.) and Civil Service Written Examination and must achieve a score of 70% or higher in each of the four (4) sections (math, reading comprehension, spelling/grammar, and report writing).