DETENTION OFFICER
City of Huntington Beach, CA - Huntington Beach, CA

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THE HUNTINGTON BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT is seeking qualified candidates to ensure the safety and welfare of arrestees and inmates, as well as officers and jail staff. The ideal candidate will have experience in a law enforcement or military confinement environment, have good command presense and able to deal with all types and manner of society.

DUTIES SUMMARY
The fundamental reason for the existence of this classification is to provide for the needs of prisoners and arrestees, as well as to ensure their safety and well being until their respective release.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
This is an entry-level position in this series where incumbents are responsible for the care and custody of prisoners. Assignments are restricted based on the need to work with same sex prisoners as dictated by law or social mores.

Examples of Essential Duties:
Under general supervision, incumbents take custody of prisoners for arresting officers; book and process prisoners (i.e., photographs, fingerprints); receive and store prisoner property; conduct patdown searches, strip searches, and visible body cavity searches as determined by law; perform breath tests and take urine specimens; advise prisoners of their rights and ensure that these rights are respected; ensure prisoner’s health and welfare during the period of detainment; reviews and prepares all citations for release from custody for those inmates charged only with misdemeanor offenses as described in the Penal Code; ensure all requirements are met before processing releases and handling bail money; release juveniles to parents or to the Child Welfare Service Bureau for protective custody; supervise trustee prisoners; complete all necessary reports; testify in court; cooperate with other law enforcement agencies; perform related duties as assigned.

The preceding duties have been provided as examples of the essential types of work performed within this job classification. City Council/Administration at its discretion, may add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.

Typical Qualifications:
Any combination of education, training, and experience that would likely provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform in the position is qualifying. A typical combination includes:

Knowledge of: State and Federal ordinances regarding the detainment and care of prisoners; physical restraint techniques.

Ability to: Maintain professional, cooperative and harmonious relationships with inmates and members of the jail staff; write clear and concise reports; express self in a clear and concise manner; gain compliance with persons under their custody; physically guide/restrain persons under their custody; effectively and expeditiously search persons in their custody and identify contraband and possible dangerous items; effectively deal with complex and fast-paced situations on a continual basis; utilize fire related equipment in a corrections environment during a crisis; use both hands, arms and legs; stoop bend and lift; read, comprehend, interpret and utilize instructions, manuals and other materials applicable to this area; work all assigned shifts, including weekends and holidays; successfully complete the State of California Detention Officer Training program prior to completion of the probationary period.

Education: High school Diploma or GED Certificate.

Experience: Training or experience involving the custody, restraint or detention of prisoners is highly desirable.

Other:
Age : Must be at least 18 years of age.
Background: Must be of good moral character with no convictions for felony or crimes of moral turpitude.
Physical : Excellent physical condition. Must be physically capable of performing all tasks required of a Huntington Beach Detention Officer as determined by physical capabilities test and medical evaluation.
Shift Assignment : Must be available to work all assigned shifts, including weekends and holidays.
Training: Must successfully complete the State of California Detention Officer Training program prior to completion of the probationary period. This training program is City paid and is provided on City time (approximately 135 hours).

License: Must obtain a valid California Driver's License, Class B, by date of appointment.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE
An official online application must be completed in its entirety . Incomplete applications will not be accepted
Applications will be closely reviewed for relevant experience, education, and training. Note: Not all candidates meeting minimum requirements will be invited to test.
Candidates best meeting the needs of the department will be invited to the written examination (Pass/Fail), tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, 2013.
Candidates receiving a passing score on the written exam will be invited to the physical agility exam (Pass/Fail), tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, 2013 . The exam consists of a dummy drag, push-ups and dummy hold, sprint with respirator on, and a short run.
Candidates successfully completing the physical agility exam will be given an interview time for either later that same day (Tuesday, March 12, 2013) or March 13-14, 2013.
The oral exam, weighted 100% of the total score, will determine ranking on the eligibility list, from which candidates are put into background.
Candidates successful at passing every testing component will be placed on an employment eligible list from which hires may be made. The employment eligible list is valid for up to one year, unless exhausted sooner.
Candidates considered for hire must undergo a comprehensive background investigation, which includes (but is not limited to) LiveScan fingerprinting, polygraph exam, credit check, reference/employer checks, DOJ and FBI checks, etc.
Upon completion of the background investigation and receipt of a conditional job offer, candidates must undergo a psychological and medical exam, as well as a drug test.
Upon hire, employee is subject to further reporting from DOJ via subsequent arrest notification.
PLEASE NOTE: Our primary means of communication with applicants/candidates is sent via email; therefore, please include a valid email address on your application.

Physical Tasks & Environmental Conditions:
See Physical task questionnaires. Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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