Detention Deputy Trainee (Certified)
Escambia County Sheriff's Office - Pensacola, FL

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This class is assigned to provide care, custody, movement, and control of inmates.

While in the trainee status, the employee participates and engages in formal and in-house training and work activities specifically designed and chosen to train and indoctrinate the individual in the field of detention. Work is performed under the immediate supervision and guidance of a higher-level officer.

If you are certified in Corrections in another state, a federal agency, or military, or if you have more than four years' break in Florida Corrections certification, you may be exempted from attending the full basic recruit academy and may qualify for an Equivalency of Training. To determine if you meet the requirements please contact the Gulf Coast Criminal Justice Selection Center for an assessment. To be eligible for this position, you must first complete the Equivalency of Training process.

Examples of Duties:

Patrols housing units to provide care, custody, and control of inmates.

Provides security of inmates, civilians, and staff during visitation, physical recreation, and other inmate movements.

Participates in investigating inmate disciplinary infractions, which includes collecting and preserving evidence, interviewing witnesses and suspects, and securing crime scenes.

Prepares detailed and accurate reports, records, statistics, and/or logs on daily activities.

Responds to emergency situations and renders emergency assistance at accidents and/or catastrophic situations.

Serves criminal warrants and/or other legal documents.

Transports inmates, suspects, and/or applicable individuals to appropriate facilities and/or locations.

Attends court to testify in trials and/or participate in depositions.

Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.

Positions assigned to Classification may be responsible for:
Determining when to place and remove inmates into and out of disciplinary confinement;
Determining the eligibility of inmates for specialized programs;
Determining appropriate classification of inmates to ensure appropriate housing arrangements.

Positions assigned to Court Services may be responsible for:
Transporting inmates to and from court and medical appointments.
Supervising inmates while awaiting movement to the courtroom.
Maintaining security in the courthouse lock-up, support areas, and outside facilities.
Performing routine maintenance on vehicles used to transport inmates.
Assisting in moving inmates and detainees.
Verifying paperwork of court commits.

Positions assigned to Training may be responsible for:
Preparing for and instructing classes on a variety of topics related to the effective operations of the department.
Maintaining instructor aids, training equipment, and inventory.
Developing lesson plans.
Maintaining training records.

Positions assigned to Inmate Work Crew may be responsible for:
Operating crew trucks to drive to and from assigned work areas.
Directing the work of inmate crews.
Monitoring inmate work details.
Training work crews on the proper use of equipment.
Setting up and maintaining the safety of work sites and inmates.

Typical Qualifications:

High School Diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.), minimum age of 20, completion of a course of study from an academy approved by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, and passing grade on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement examination for corrections; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Licensing and Certification Requirements :
CJSTC certification
FDLE certification
Valid driver's license

Knowledge (position requirements at entry) :
Basic investigative techniques and procedures.
Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes.
Firearms operations.
Record keeping procedures.

Skills (position requirements at entry) :
Charging inmates with disciplinary violations.
Interviewing inmates.
Maintaining records and logs.
Utilizing firearms.
Preparing and maintaining activity reports, logs, and related documentation.
Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

Supplemental Information:

Positions in this class typically require :
Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Very Heavy Work :
Exerting in excess of 150 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, poor ventilation, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, work space restrictions, intense noises and travel.

The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.

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