YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON

CLASS SPECIFICATION

CLASS TITLE: Detention Officer

BAND:

B

GRADE:

2

SUBGRADE:

2

CLASS CODE:

4222

DEPARTMENT:

Juvenile

ACCOUNTABLE TO:

Detention Supervisor

 

OVERTIME STATUS:

Non-Exempt

JOB SUMMARY:

Incumbents are responsible for monitoring the safety and well being of juvenile detainees in the care and custody of the County.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

The Detention Officer classification is the first level of a two-level detention classification series. The Detention Officer classification is distinguished from the Detention Officer Supervisor classification which is responsible for shift supervision duties including assigning, reviewing, and scheduling work of Detention Officers and physical admission and release of juveniles to / from the detention facility.

DUTY

NO.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: (These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.)

BAND/

GRADE

1.

Instructs juveniles in detention area rules, discipline, and safety and enforces compliance.

B2

2.

Performs observations of juvenile detainees and documents their location in logbook.

B2

3.

Verifies juvenile detainee population count and records information; updates court order information into the computer and checks for warrants.

A1

4.

Instructs juveniles on life skills, daily living habits, assignments, and facility cleanliness by use of training module; prepares cleaning schedule.

B2

5.

Controls the movement of juvenile detainees by working the control panel and cameras; tracks movements of juveniles and determines when to open doors and gates. Monitors activities inside and outside of the facility.

A1

6.

 

Assists with problem juveniles by determining how much force to use and when to use force in emergency or confrontational situations.

B2

7.

Performs inventory checks of supplies; marks supplies for use and determining if supplies need to be restocked.

A1

8.

Books juveniles into the detention facility by filling out paperwork, conducting pat downs and strip searches, reading rights, and contacting parents and State agencies.

A1

9.

Transports ill or injured juveniles to medical facilities.

A1

10.

Performs other duties as required

 

 

 

Knowledge of: (position requirements at entry):

Knowledge of:

  • Safety procedures;
  • Self defense practices;
  • Criminal justice system rules and regulations.
   

Skills (position requirements at entry):

Skill in:

  • Using a personal computer and related software applications;
  • Preparing reports;
  • Driving safely when transporting juveniles;
  • Performing personal searches such as pat downs and strip searches;
  • Using telephones, cameras and two way radios;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with County and other officials, at all organizational levels and with the public; and
  • Communications, oral and written, sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

Training and Experience (position requirements at entry):

High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and one year of security, detention or related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry):

Valid Washington State Driverís License

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: stooping, reaching, crouching, standing, mobility, fingering, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Incumbent may be subject to travel or exposure to blood, body fluids, work space restrictions and potentially violent or hostile individuals.

Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently and / or 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Classification History:

Draft prepared by Fox Lawson and Associates LLC

Date: 5/98 Approved: 1/1/99