A class incumbent is responsible for acting as a lead worker and participating in the maintenance of discipline and security on a difficult shift for an assigned area within a correctional and/or detention facility.
Nature and Scope
A class incumbent reports to a technical superior, typically a Correctional Lieutenant and is responsible for directly supervising and participating in the enforcement of all rules and regulations affecting discipline, security and housekeeping within a designated location/unit on a difficult shift. A difficult shift is defined as one that requires a high level of direct supervision due to the volume of activity, sensitivity or specialized nature of the location/function, or other factors such as the physical layout of the location. Class incumbents serve as lead workers in an assigned area such as housing units booking/receiving central control, maintenance and visiting room during high activity shifts. An incumbent may also serve as the lead worker for the K-9 specialty unit. A class incumbent is responsible for implementing policies and procedures ensuring the redevelopment of staff, and for the enforcement of rules, regulation and policies of the institution and the department. An incumbent leads and participates in periodic counts of inmates to assure their locations and custody and the searching of inmates, employees, visitors, cell blocks and/or other structures to detect prohibited contraband or defects in the security system. Incumbents may control security gates, process new inmates, or review commitment, release and transfer documents. A class incumbent provides training and guidance to both newly hired and experienced employees. Incumbents conduct inspections of staff assigned to the location/unit to insure timely arrivals, proper uniforms and conduct. An incumbent maintains and prepare or oversees the preparation of various reports/logs regarding unit activities, problems and/or incidents which occurred during the assigned shift or at assigned locations. A significant aspect of the work involves working effectively with the inmates in order to obtain their confidence and cooperation.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Supervises and participates in the maintenance of discipline, order, security and housekeeping of assigned locations and/or unit.
Supervises and participates in periodic shakedowns of buildings, grounds and cell blocks to detect contraband or defects in the security system.
Observes inmate activities to detect unusual or prohibited behavior which may be a threat to the security of the facility or the safety of the inmate, other inmates, employees or visitors.
Implements prescribed policies and procedures, insures the enforcement of institutional departmental rules and regulations.
Conducts inspections of staff and monitors work of staff in assigned unit location. Provides training to newly hired and experienced employees.
May supervise unit/location in areas such as the control of security gates, the visit room, the processing of new inmates, and the review of commitment, release or transfer and the documents during high activity shifts.
May supervise a shift of the K-9 specialty unit.
Prepares or supervises the preparation of shift changes, records and reports.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
Knowledge of the rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the facility and department.
Knowledge of standard procedures for maintaining security.
Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.
Knowledge of self defense, riot control and the use of firearms and other protective equipment.
Knowledge of federal/state laws governing the rights of inmates.
Knowledge of the techniques used in the detection of weapons and other contraband.
Knowledge of the attitudes, behaviors and group habits of persons in custody.
Skill in self defense techniques and the use of restraint procedures.
Skill in the use of assigned weapons and other protective equipment.
Skill in training and guiding assigned correctional staff.
Skill in the application of institutional/departmental rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
Skill in the observation of inmate activities and detection of unusual or prohibited behavior which may be a security threat.
Ability to supervise the activities of inmates.
Ability to supervise the work of others on the most difficult shifts/unit.
Ability to maintain records and prepare accurate reports.
Ability to act quickly and calmly in an emergency.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and inmates or detainees.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Correctional Sergeant Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
At least eighteen months experience as a Correctional Officer or equivalent experience.
Possession of a valid Driver’s License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).