Correctional Officer
Frederick County Government - Frederick, MD

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Non-exempt; full-time; 80 hours bi-weekly; all shifts as scheduled; full benefits

This uniformed, entry-level corrections position is responsible for maintaining security and discipline at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on any shift as assigned by the Assistant Bureau Chief or Bureau Chief. Duties are performed with close supervision from a Field Training Officer, Correctional Officer II or higher. Initial assignments are carried out in accordance with current policies and procedures with structured on-the-job training throughout an 18-month probationary period. The employee participates as a team member with other correctional personnel in maintaining a safe, secure and controlled environment.

Examples of Work:
Maintain direct supervision, security and control over inmate population; enforce facility rules, regulations and disciplinary standards
As needed, submit written reports of violations or irregularities to supervisory staff
Maintain a system of regular and on-going counts of the inmate population; participate in routine searches and cell shakedowns to control contraband
Conduct frequent security checks to ensure the safety and security of the inmate population as well as the overall condition of the facility
Observe inmate activity and behavior patterns to detect and prevent disturbances, escape attempts and security violations
Assist in physically controlling dangerous situations
Escort inmates to and from in-house activities and remain present to enforce safety and security
Process incarcerants into the facility according to standard procedures; prepare records of personal items and maintain responsibility for inmate property control
Distribute sanitation supplies, deliver mail, and issue bedding and clothing to inmate population
Communicate with the public on matters of visiting hours, inmate phone call periods, authorized articles for inmates and other inmate related information
Communicate with attorneys, bondsmen, law enforcement agencies and the courts as necessary
Operate radio equipment, electric security doors, monitor cameras and life safety systems; control access to restricted areas by security keys
Perform other related duties as required

Qualifications & Requirements:
Minimum age 21 years by August 31, 2013
U.S.A. citizenship
High school graduation or the equivalent
Possession of a valid automobile operator's license with the a bility to obtain and maintain a Frederick County Employee Driving Permit
Eligibility for certification by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions (MPCTC) as a Correctional Officer and/or possession of this certification within 1 year of employment (current certification must be maintained) Ability to maintain training requirements of FCSO and MPCTC
Ability to learn and effectively apply appropriate skills and techniques to supervise inmates and enforce facility rules and regulations
Ability to respond quickly, calmly and appropriately in standard duty and emergency situations, demonstrating good judgment in independent actions and referrals to higher authority
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with inmate population, co-workers and the general public, while maintaining professional attitude, appearance and manner of performance
Strong and effective written and spoken (English) communication skills, including the ability to write clear, complete and concise reports
Sound physical condition in order to effectively respond to spontaneous physical demands of corrections duties (e.g. restraint and control of prisoners, searches, foot pursuit, etc.).

Current MPCTC Correctional Officer certification - portions of the examination process and/or academy may be waived for these candidates
Current Correctional Officer certification from another jurisdiction that meets MPCTC comparative compliance requirements - all portions of the examination process and academy attendance are required ;
Previous military work experience;
Previous security and/or law enforcement work experience

Additional Information/Examination Process:
Satisfactory background investigation
Available for 24-hour call-in, shift work, weekends, holidays and mandatory overtime
EXAMINATION PROCESS may include (candidate must successfully complete each step to proceed to the next):
1) An evaluation of training and experience
2) A written examination (waived if currently MPCTC certified)
3) Physical agility testing
4) An oral examination administered before a panel
5) One or more personal interviews
6) A pre-employment polygraph test (inquires include criminal, credit, drug use and personal history)
7) A pre-employment physical examination and drug test
8) A pre-employment psychological examination (written and oral)

NOTES: This position is subject to random drug testing A Correctional Officer becomes eligible for upgrade to Correctional Officer First Class upon successful completion of the 18-month probationary period Secondary employment will not be approved for FCSO personnel who have not successfully completed their probationary period During academy, Correctional Officers are eligible to earn college credits from Frederick Community College Candidates who must attend entrance-level academy or attend a comparative compliance school must enter into a 36-month reimbursement agreement Candidates who were previously rejected may reapply for consideration, however those declined for reasons that assure another rejection will not be reconsidered Completion of the examination/selection process can take 90-180 days. Candidates found eligible, but not immediately selected, may be contacted for subsequent placement within one year

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