Detention Officer

Richardson, TX
Richardson Police Department

Salary: $42,252.00-$65,796.00.

Position Summary:

Under direct supervision, perform all duties necessary for the successful operation of the Detention Section. Must be available to work any shift, holiday weekend, and/or days/nights as required for scheduling by supervision. In situations where there is a personnel shortage, must be able to competently work alone. Perform other related duties as required.

Essential Functions:

  • Perform the book-in and release of prisoners; prepare bonds and fine receipts.
  • Visually, and through the use of video equipment, perform cell checks to monitor prisoner status and behavior.
  • Monitor Public Safety Campus and other City building security cameras and report any suspicious persons/activity to a supervisor.
  • Fingerprint, photograph, handcuff and physically search prisoners.
  • Facilitate prisoner visitations with relatives and legal counsel.
  • Dispense medication as prescribed.
  • Order prisoner food; prepare and serve meals to prisoners.
  • Lock cell doors, take physical action to prevent escapes and/or assaults, subdue combative/violent prisoners.
  • Escort prisoners from one area to another, including out-of-building escorts as required.
  • Issue prisoner towels and personal hygiene articles; stock office supplies; inventory equipment and supplies.
  • Clean Detention facilities.
  • Assist in preparing appropriate documentation to ensure the timely transfer of prisoners.
  • Collect, accurately count money, and make change.
  • Answer and place telephone calls related to prisoner status and transfer requests.
  • Proficiently operate all equipment in the Detention Facility, including video and audio equipment, computers, multi-line telephones, photography equipment, fingerprint equipment, cell door locks, personal alarms, two-way radio, emergency breathing apparatus, AED, food preparation equipment, calculator, laundry equipment and other equipment as required.
  • Attend/testify in all criminal and civil courts when summoned.
  • Attend training schools/seminars and other City related events, which may require travel (occasionally overnight).
  • Climb, kneel, bend, crawl and/or stoop to perform physical searches of the Detention Facility.
  • Stand for extended periods of time in a confined space to process prisoners.
  • Remove supplies from overhead storage cabinets.
  • Drag and/or carry prisoner or employee with minimum weight of 168 pounds a minimum of 20 yards, in the event of injury or fire.
  • Communicate courteously, effectively, and clearly, in English, verbally and in writing, with other City employees, officials, and the public.
  • Perform basic mathematical functions.
  • Maintain various paper and computer files.
  • Accurately read and record information.
  • Assist in training new employees and in completing written performance evaluations; assist in budget preparation.
  • Assist the public and Department personnel with requests by telephone, in written communications, and in person at a service window.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
  • Must not pose a threat to the health or safety of self or others.
  • Drive City vehicle to conduct City business.


  • High school diploma or G.E.D. required.
  • Valid Texas Driver’s License, Class C or above, required.