Detention Deputy Trainee

Tampa, FL
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Salary range: $28.85-$28.85.

Position Summary:

The training consists of a 1-week academy orientation, 22-week academy, and 10-week post academy training. The Sheriff’s Office provides all books, materials, and uniforms (excluding footwear). Those selected for hire will receive pay and full benefits during the training period. After this training is completed, the recruit is sworn in and their salary increases to the salary of a certified Detention Deputy.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide direct and remote supervision of inmates within housing and other areas of a jail, a courthouse complex, or secure perimeter as assigned to maintain a safe and secure environment.
  • Conduct frequent security checks for evidence of unauthorized activities and infractions of rules, respond to situations, and document accordingly.
  • Receive and process inmates from officers and the courts, maintain inmates’ property, and direct inmates throughout the intake process.
  • Maintain security and custody of volatile and violent inmates.
  • Observe conduct and behavior of inmates, respond to and control emergency situations, and use appropriate levels of force to control combative, volatile, or hostile offenders.
  • Schedule, supervise, and cancel inmate visitations.
  • Supervise the dispensing of food in a timely fashion to inmates, ensuring compliance of all health and safety regulations.
  • Supervise inmates and trusty-inmate work crews.
  • Conduct metal and x-ray detection of individuals and materials before entering facilities, perform necessary searches for weapons and contraband, and complete reports.
  • Inspect cells, housing areas, locks, windows, grills, doors, gates, and perimeters of buildings and grounds for security purposes.
  • Transport inmates to other facilities as required.
  • Run daily reports as required.
  • Enter information into a database to capture daily activities.
  • Communicate with the public, respond to questions, and assist as necessary.
  • Operate a master control center as required.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • A high school diploma or possession of a GED certificate.
  • 19 years of age or older.
  • United States citizen.
  • Of good moral character.
  • Six months tobacco free at time of application.
  • Live within Hillsborough County or within Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Lake, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, or Sumter County as long as the residence is located within the 60-mile parameter of Falkenburg Road Jail at the time of appointment/employment.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Candidates who can submit all required documents and complete the Physical Abilities Assessment (PAA) within 30 days of application.