Detention Officer

San Antonio, TX
San Antonio Police Department

Salary: $21.15 Hourly.

Closing Date: 5/6/2024.

Position Summary:

Under immediate supervision, is responsible for processing and handling prisoners incarcerated in the City Detention Center. Creates and maintains files, lists, and other prisoner related information. Working conditions are primarily in an inside environment. Work includes exposure to dangerous persons, bodily fluids, and noise. Will be exposed to work in a dirty environment and under stressful emergency situations. Exercises no supervision.

Essential Functions:

  • Processes prisoners brought into the detention facility by assigning them an identification number, entering arrest data into computer, searching them, and securing their personal property.
  • Performs procedures necessary for the release of prisoners.
  • Restrains belligerent and unruly prisoners using only the necessary degree of force required in a self-disciplined manner.
  • Monitors prisoners while they are confined in the holding area of the detention facility.
  • Monitors prisoners being screened by medical staff.
  • Reviews National Crime Information Center, Texas Crime Information
    Center, Texas Department of Public Safety (NCIC/TCIC/DPS) databases for criminal histories, warrant records and driving records using office equipment.
  • Updates NCIC/TCIC databases with warrant records and conviction records reported to DPS.
  • Generally requires speaking, listening, sitting, standing, reaching, walking, twisting and kneeling for processing and monitoring prisoners, may lift/carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Performs related duties and fulfills responsibilities as required.
  • Note: Only female detention guards may search and/or monitor female prisoners, therefore, in some instances, ”sex may be the basis of hiring decisions” (BFOQ exception to Title VII).


  • High school diploma or GED equivalent (recognized by the Texas Education Agency or a regional accrediting agency).
  • Must be eligible for certification under TCLEOSE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education).
  • Valid Texas Crime Information Center and National Crime Information Center (TCIC/NCIC) Certification within one (1) year of employment and re-certified yearly.
  • Must maintain Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunications System Access (TLETS) eligibility for continued employment in position (TLETS provides access to TCIC and NCIC).
  • Applicants for this position must pass a Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) fingerprint-based background check and maintain CJIS eligibility. Due to CJIS requirements related to system access, the following will result in being disqualified for this position: Felony Convictions, Felony Deferred Adjudication, Class A & B Misdemeanor Deferred Adjudication, Class B Misdemeanor Convictions, an Open Arrest for Any Criminal Offense (Felony or Misdemeanor), and Family Violence Convictions.
  • Candidates given a conditional job offer will be required to pass a pre-employment medical examination, psychological evaluation, drug screening, polygraph test, and criminal background check.