Detention Officer (Standing File)
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Detention Officer

Posted on: 2017/03/09

Minimum Qualifications:
•High School Diploma or GED.
•Must be twenty-one years of age.
•Must possess, or ability to obtain within first thirty days of employment, and maintain a valid New Mexico Class D driver’s license.
•Successful completion and maintenance of the Corrections Officer/Detention Officer certification in accordance with New Mexico Adult Jail standards within one year of employment.
•Successful completion and maintenance of Food Handler’s certification in accordance with the Department of Health within one year of hire date.
•Successful completion of thorough background investigation, including FBI fingerprint check. 
•Successful completion of the pre-employment physical and psychological exam prior to commencing work.
•Successful completion of pre-employment drug screening prior to employment and subsequent random drug and alcohol screening while employed.
•Must not have been convicted of a felony or other crime involving moral turpitude.

Preferred Qualifications:
•One year relevant experience.
•Associates Degree from an accredited college or university.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
•Knowledge of customer service standards and procedures.
•Knowledge of state and federal laws as they relate to jail inmates, and detention facilities.
•Knowledge of detention facility policies and procedures.
•Knowledge of techniques of detainee control and typical behavior patterns of incarcerated persons.
•Ability to learn of Los Alamos County policies and procedures.
•Skill in operating business computers and office machines, including in a Windows environment, specifically Word, Excel, Access, financial systems, and presentation software (such as PowerPoint).
•Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. 
•Skill in supervising activities and in writing and completing accurate reports and observations.
•Skill in dealing with situations requiring tact, diplomacy, understanding, fairness, firmness, and sound judgment in stressful situations.
•Skill in recognizing emotional conditions that may be life threatening to residents.
•Skill in remaining alert at all times and reacting quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
•Skill in operating booking equipment, including cameras and fingerprinting equipment, typewriters, computer data entry programs, and standard weapons and security hardware.
•Ability to be trained and apply defensive tactics, appropriate use of pepper ball gun, Oleoresin Capsicum spray, and baton.
•Ability to use monitoring systems.
•Ability to foster a cooperative environment. 
•Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. 
•Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures. 
•Ability to be trained, meet and maintain proficiency for issued weapons.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
•Monitors conduct of inmates, according to established policies, regulations, and procedures, in order to prevent escape or violence.
•Inspects conditions of locks, window bars, grills, and doors at detention facilities, in order to ensure that they will prevent escapes.
•Transports inmates to and from appointments and court proceedings. 
•Performs cleaning and maintenance of facility.
•Searches inmates, cells and other facility areas, and vehicles for weapons, valuables, or drugs.
•Screens visitor upon entrance into facility.
•Inspects mail for the presence of contraband, information and other unauthorized items.
•Conducts booking and release of inmates, including collecting DNA, conducting medical and suicide screening, performing alcohol breathalyzer testing, completing fingerprints and photos, booking forms, and collects and inventories property.  
•Performs fingerprinting for general public.
•Classifies all inmates, separates male and female inmates, assesses compatibility of each new inmate with others in the facility and assigns cells.
•Re-classifies and re-arranges housing, as required by inmate behavior.
•Upon release, returns all property and notifies victims; distributes records to appropriate parties.
•Takes inmates into custody. 
•Records information, such as prisoner identification, charges, and incidences of inmate disturbance.
•Uses less than lethal weapons, restraints and empty hand techniques to maintain control among inmates.
•Conducts fire, safety, and sanitation inspections.
•Provides to supervisors oral and written reports of the quality and quantity of work performed by inmates, inmate disturbances and rule violations, and unusual occurrences.  Completes daily logs.
•Verifies, accounts for, logs and administers medications.
•Assures inmates maintain appropriate level of hygiene and maintain clean living areas.
•Settles disputes between inmates.
•Arranges daily schedules for prisoner activities and appointments.
•Orders and shops for food, prepares and serves meals.  Washes dishes and cleans kitchen after meal preparation.
•Takes requests and distributes commissary items to inmates.
•Responsible for laundering activities within the facility.
•Coordinates and monitors visitation, AA, religious, and anger management meetings and services.
•Responsible for daily inmate counts.
•Washes and details Police vehicles.
•Follows all department policies and procedures to assure that officer safety is the top priority.
•Demonstrates honesty at all times in his or her official capacity.
•Assists in meeting accreditation standards.
•Demonstrates commitment to the county and department vision, mission, and core beliefs.
•Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
•Ensures strict confidentiality of records.
•Performs other duties as required.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit, stand and walk; have manual and finger dexterity; stoop, and talk and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to crawl, stand, climb heights, reach above shoulder level, crouch, kneel, balance, push/pull, and carry.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment:
Work is performed in a detention facility and an outdoors setting with a high noise level.  Exposure to natural weather conditions and temperatures, various dusts, smoke and mists, and normal debris and hazards may occur while performing outdoor duties. Work occasionally involves personal danger.  Evening, holiday and weekend work may be required. 

This position requires mandatory and random drug and alcohol testing and screening; therefore, all applicable federal/state regulations or laws and county rules and policies covering random, post-accident, pre-hire, and return to duty testing will be conducted prior to and during employment.

Each and every county position requires the following professional skills and abilities as key and necessary elements of performance.  Employees are required to:

•Demonstrate regular and reliable attendance;
•Work well with others and participate fully in a team oriented environment;
•Interface with other employees and customers in a courteous and respectful manner;
•Project positive support of their department and all county organizations at all times; and,
•Maintain and enhance the county’s commitment to customer service excellence.

How to Apply:

County application is required.  Apply at the Human Resources Division, County of Los Alamos, 1000 Central Avenue, Ste. 230, Los Alamos, NM  87544.  Applications are available in our office, at or by calling (505)662-8040.  All vacant positions are listed on the above website and on our Job Line at (505)662-8039.  

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the examination process, notify the Human Resources Division at (505)662-8040 at the time of application.  Some documents can be provided in accessible formats.  Contact Human Resources at the above number if an accessible format is needed.

Applications become a public record upon receipt and may be made available for public inspection.

Selection Procedure:
The Incorporated County of Los Alamos does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in employment or the provisions of service.



Deadline for Submissions: 06/30/2018