Detention Officer (Nashville, TN)
G4S - Nashville, TN

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G4S Youth Services, LLC provides governments with safe, secure, and effective programs that address the needs of delinquent and troubled youth.

G4S Youth Services, LLC has an immediate job opportunity for a Detention Officer in Nashville, TN . In this position, you will manage the general conduct and behavior of detainees while maintaining a disciplined, clean, and safe environment. You will also coordinate transportation and prepare detainees for all outside appointments.

Role Responsibility:
Coordinates with case managers and commitment managers for secure transport of detainees to court hearings, commitment programs, medical health appointments, and all other outside facility locations at scheduled times

Maintains an orderly disciplined environment on the shift while representing professionalism

Prepares detainees for admission, release and court appearances outside the facility

Prepares all written reports and documentation as required by Facility Operating Procedures

Ensures facility is maintained in a clean and safe condition at all times

Maintains the security of the facility

Maintains commitment packets on youth, assists detention review specialist with the release list.

Tracks non-delinquent admission.

Administers the point system in a fair and equitable manner and counsels individually with disruptive detainee

Uses the option of confinement only as a last resort when a youth is beyond control

Restrains violent detainee using only approved Use of Force with the assistance of another member when possible

The Ideal Candidate: Education, Licenses and Certifications Required

High school diploma or equivalent

Skills Required

Ability to understand and adhere to policies, procedures, and guidelines

Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing

Ability to understand current ACA Accreditation Standards

Ability to develop effective working relationships with youths

Ability and skill to use Crisis Intervention Techniques

Ability to read, understand and apply policies, rules and procedures

Ability to intervene physically on out-of-control youths

Other duties as assigned by supervisor


Must be at least 21 years of age or the minimun required by the state.

Must be a U.S. citizen or a foreign citizen authorized to legally work in the United States

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they can perform the essential functions of the job after reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations. If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the company undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

Physical Requirements and Environment

Talking: Ability to express and exchange ideas via spoken word during activities in which they must convey details or important spoken instructions to others accurately, sometimes quickly and loudly

Hearing and Vision: Ability to perceive the nature of sounds with no less than 40 dB loss at Hz, 1000 Hz and 2000 Hz with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication. Work requires a minimum standard of visual acuity with or without correction that will enable employees to complete clerical tasks, and observe youth.

Dexterity: Ability to stoop, kneel, crouch, reach, push, pull, lift, grasp, and be able to perceive the attributes of an object such as size, shape, and temperature. Movements frequently and regularly required using wrists, hands and/or fingers.

Physical Strength: Ability to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally. Position is mostly standing and employee must be able to physically perform escalation matrix as defined in Protective Action Response. This may include, but is not limited to all countermoves and restraint techniques. Employee may be subject to temperature changes, but the employee is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions as the work is predominantly inside. Language: Ability to write complex sentences, using proper punctuation, and ability to communicate in complex sentences using normal word order with present and past tenses.

Processing and Reasoning: Ability to exercise self-control in potentially volatile situations such as in verbal and physical confrontations. Must be able to work and concentrate amidst distractions and noise. Ability to assist youth with problem solving and maintaining self-control in volatile situations.

The work environment characteristics described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this position the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions as they relate to travel. The noise level is usually moderate. Work environment may involve exposure to noise, dust, fumes, dangerous machinery, chemicals, body fluids, falling objects, and aggressive verbal and physical behavior from students and weather and temperature extremes.


G4S is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

and an Alcohol- and Drug-Free Workplace

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