Detention Officer

Jacksonville, NC
Onslow County Sheriff

Salary: $18.19 – $23.65 Hourly.

Position Summary:

This position will perform responsible protective service and human support work ensuring the care and security of inmates at the County Jail; does related work as required. Work is performed under regular supervision of the Sergeant Jailer.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols jail area periodically to insure security and maintain order.
  • Searches and processes inmates in and out of jail; supervise and check on lockdown inmates.
  • Supervises inmates during meals, personal hygiene and related activities for conformance to institutional rules, regulations and procedures; picks up meals; package and distribute medication to inmates as prescribed or directed.
  • Escorts and safeguards inmates to cell; moves inmates around within jail facility; move inmates for court, attorney visit, probation visit, releases, transport to various offices or other locations; checks on inmates’ physical condition; performs shake downs.
  • Assists with visitations; searches cells; changes linens; performs laundry services.
  • Assists with booking inmates and release of inmates; inventory property of new inmates; transports inmates to jail.
  • Prepares routine records on inmates; performs general clerical duties associated with jail operations; communicate to incoming shift all incidents that occurred on the previous shift.
  • Ensures the care and maintenance of quarters.
  • Records visits; inspects items brought into the jail; checks incoming and outgoing mail; answers telephone.
  • Performs related tasks as required.


  • Must be at least 20 years of age to be certified by the NC Sheriff Standards.
  • US citizenship is required per 12NCAC 10B .0301 (Lawful permanent resident status does not meet the requirement for certification).
  • Valid North Carolina Driver’s License Required.