Detention Officer-Polk County Sheriff’s Office (IA)


Knowledge and ability to use proper grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure in hand written and computer generated Polk County Jail reports.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to accurately document incidents containing clear, concise and complete information in chronological order.
Ability to remain calm, contain, and control inmates during stressful situations.
Ability to quickly recognize behavior problems or security issues and take immediate action to intervene.
Ability to firmly and fairly enforce rules and regulations.
Ability to follow standard operating procedures.
Ability to analyze data and reach logical conclusions.
Ability to meet the physical and psychological standards set forth by the County Sheriff and Jail Administration.
Ability to successfully complete training requirements as defined by the Sheriff’s Office general orders, the Iowa Administrative Code.
Ability to utilize the jail computer system to enter data and produce reports.
Ability to participate in physical restraint of hostile, aggressive, combative prisoners.
Ability to successfully complete a CPR course.
Ability to frequently walk up/down stairs, crouch, kneel, stoop, bend, reach and crawl.
Ability to complete the physical testing component of the hiring process which includes a quarter mile sprint, 50 foot dummy drag (150 lbs.) and lifting a hanging dummy that weighs 165 lbs. and hold for 15 seconds.


Graduation from high school or equivalent.


Must be 18 years of age.
Must be of good moral character.
Must not have been convicted of a serious crime.
Must be able to meet any additional criteria established by state and federal law which would allow the applicant to be certified to the IOWA (Iowa On-Line Warrants and Articles) system and the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) system.
A criminal background check is required.
A polygraph exam will be administered prior to pre-employment offer.
Candidate must pass a post-employment offer physical examination and physical capacity testing to ensure candidate meets the essential physical requirements of the position.
CPR/AED and First Aid training is required within six months of hire.
A drug screen is required prior to final offer of employment.
A valid State of Iowa driver’s license is required.

Annual Entry Salary for Detention Officers with prior corrections, detention, or law enforcement service:
1 years of correction, detention, or law enforcement service:—-$48,139
2 years of correction, detention, or law enforcement service:—-$49,083
3 years of correction, detention, or law enforcement service:—-$50,027
4 years of correction, detention, or law enforcement service:—-$50,971
5 years of correction, detention, or law enforcement service:—-$51,915
6+ years of correction, detention, or law enforcement service:–$52,858

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