Detention Officer

Fremont, CA
Fremont Police Department

Salary: $70,961.02 – $86,240.36 Annually.

Position Summary:

This Detention Officer will have constant contact with prisoners to secure the Fremont Detention facility and ensure a safe and secure environment for prisoners while safeguarding their constitutional rights. Detention Officers are required on a daily basis to perform searches on prisoners, in search of weapons and contraband. A type of daily search required, but not limited to, is a custody search (which involves a pat down over the clothes).
The incumbent must be willing and able to work rotating shifts and irregular duty assignments; have an interest in law enforcement work, satisfactory record as a law abiding citizen; poise; alertness; keenness of observation; firmness; tact; reliability; good judgment; and a state of physical and mental health consistent with the ability to perform assigned duties.

Essential Functions:

  • Transports prisoners to and from other locations (court or other jail facilities).
  • Searches and books prisoners.
  • Takes fingerprints and photographs.
  • Takes custody of prisoner’s property and issues property receipts.
  • Instructs prisoners in detention procedures, including telephone call rights.
  • Maintains safe and effective custody of prisoners.
  • Keeps and completes a variety of records and reports.
  • Enters and receives a variety of information from law enforcement computer information networks.
  • Receives bail money.
  • Releases prisoners when and as authorized and completes related records.
  • Observes prisoners for medical symptoms and initiates action to provide medical care when necessary.
  • Insures that prisoners are properly fed, clothed and otherwise cared for.
  • Performs a variety of other duties in support of the police department detention functions, which may include court appearances.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Graduation from an accredited high school (GED or CHSPE may be substituted for a high school diploma) and some public contact experience.
  • Possession of a Class C California driver’s license at the time of appointment and satisfactory driving record is required. Failure to possess or maintain the valid required license shall result in discipline up to and including termination of employment. Willingness and ability to work rotating shifts and irregular duty assignments.