Detention Officer (Full & Part Time)-Polk County Sheriff’s Office (IA)

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking motivated individuals with integrity and good work ethic to join our team of detention officers. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office offers competitive pay, excellent benefits and advancement opportunities. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by, the right career move is just a click away – Go to for more information. Job applications will be accepted at

Full-Time and Part-Time positions available. Full-Time annual salary range is $47,195 – $68,845. Advanced start rate is available to those with prior corrections, detention or law enforcement service. Part-Time salary is $22.614 per hour.

Distinguishing Features of the Class:
Under general supervision ensures the protection, welfare, safety, custody and control of inmates incarcerated in the Polk County Jail.

Illustrative Examples of Work:
1. Maintains control and internal security of the Polk County Jail through active and continuous interaction with the inmates in the housing units, and through visual monitoring from the restricted access control rooms.
2. Provides for the inmates basic needs, physical safety, well-being, sanitary conditions, and ensures that pre-trial rights are adhered to.
3. Effectively applies positive or negative reinforcement for inmates who violate the Polk County Jail inmate rules and regulations.
4. Responds in a calm, confident and organized manner to emergency situations arising from fire, egress alarms, duress alarms, altercations, or medical emergencies.
5. Identifies serious or life threatening medical conditions, makes the appropriate notifications, and administers basic first aid and/or life-saving aid.
6. Selects, completes, internally disseminates, and maintains records for a variety of Polk County Jail manual and computer generated reports.
7. Performs a variety of duties such as housing unit officer, control room, exercise, visitation, intake and discharge, classification, jail review, disciplinary hearing officer, fingerprinting, or any other related duties as may be required.
8. Performs searches of inmates and inmate areas on a regular basis and on unannounced irregular intervals.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• 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.
• Ability to work evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays as required.
Training and Experience:
• Graduation from high school or equivalent.

Special Requirements:
• 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 one year of hire.
• A drug screen is required prior to final offer of employment.
• A valid State of Iowa driver’s license is required.

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