Sergeants supervise confinement personnel engaged in all functions related to receiving and safely housing inmates confined within County jail facilities. Confinement Bureau supervisory duties include, but are not limited to, supervision of personnel assigned to: Classification, Identification, Release, Court Update, Error Resolution, TDC Desk, Grievance, Inmate Housing, and ancillary support functions.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Schedules assigned subordinate personnel.
2. Conducts Watch Briefings.
3. Assists superiors and/or designated personnel with administrative duties.
4. Supervises operational activities of assigned subordinate personnel.
5. Supervises preliminary investigations of all major incidents and crimes committed in jail facilities.
6. Manages major incidents by establishing an on-site supervisory presence from which to coordinate and direct responding emergency personnel.
7. Notifies superiors of major crimes, serious accidents, significant employee complaints and other extraordinary happenings in a timely manner.
8. Conducts personnel and equipment inspections.
9. Supervises mandatory security checks and facility inspections.
10. Monitors and enforces all Sheriff’s Office policies, procedures, and rules.
11. Monitors policy compliance by subordinate personnel reference their use of communications and information technology equipment.
12. Evaluates duty performance of assigned subordinate personnel.
13. Utilizes information systems in order to perform essential duties including employee performance evaluation, incident investigation and review, use of resources, workload and performance measures, and the creation/preparation of documents and reports.
14. Documents citizen and employee allegations of misconduct and initiates appropriate action(s) to investigate the complaint.
15. Verifies that reports are accurate and legible.
16. Assists subordinates as needed.
17. Coordinates all unit activities and actions as needed.
18. Provides court testimony as required.
19. May coordinate and implement in-service training programs for department/unit employees to meet identified training needs.
20. Must maintain physical fitness in order to perform the essential duties of the position.
21. Uses reasonable force when necessary.
22. Must work assigned duty hours.
23. Must enforce all applied rules and regulations of given position.
24. Must complete mandatory paperwork.
25. Must produce legal documents as required by assigned duties.
26. Performs all other related duties as assigned as needed, including duties required of subordinate Deputy Sheriff-Confinement and Detention Officer personnel.
27. Attends and completes all training required by statute or TCLEOSE to maintain required certification(s) and (licenses).
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
SKILLS - The following skills and abilities must be either demonstrated to an acceptable level of proficiency prior to selection, or achieved afterward within a normal and customary time period:
1. Must have good interpersonal and public relations skills.
2. Experience or training in public speaking desirable.
3. Must be able to understand, interpret and properly apply court orders, relevant State statutes including the Code of Criminal Procedure, Penal Code, State Jail Standards and all other statutes, ordinances, policies and procedures required to perform essential job duties of the position assigned.
4. Must be able to prepare official documents required to perform assigned functions including but not limited to interoffice memos and letters to other agencies, affidavits, investigative reports, and case filing documents.
5. Must be proficient in the use of defensive tactics requiring physical force and, if certified, the use of intermediate impact weapons and firearms.
KNOWLEDGE – The following knowledge must be either demonstrated to an acceptable level of proficiency prior to selection, or achieved afterward within a normal and customary time period:
1. Must have a working knowledge of the Code of Criminal Procedure, Penal Code, State Jail Standards and other State statutes, and County ordinances.
2. Must have a working knowledge of applicable policies including but not limited to: Sheriff’s Department policies, Civil Service Rules, Standard Operating Procedures, and the Tarrant County Employee Handbook.
3. Must have a working knowledge of department organization and functions.
4. Must have a working knowledge needed to use basic Microsoft Office Suite software functions (word processing and spreadsheet).
ABILITIES – The following abilities must be either demonstrated to an acceptable level of proficiency prior to selection, or achieved afterward within a normal and customary time period:
1. Ability to control emotions and focus on professional duties and obligations in all circumstances regardless of provocations or stresses encountered.
2. Ability to communicate necessary information to others in a calm, clear, dispassionate and purposeful speaking voice in all circumstances.
3. Ability to create accurate, clear, concise, comprehensive, relevant and grammatically correct documents.
4. Ability to work with employees and citizens from diverse population groups in order to comply with the Department mission and best serve the public interest.
5. Ability to focus personal and team efforts toward continuous performance improvement.
6. Ability to actively seek opportunities to increase and improve knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to improve personal performance
7. Ability to listen effectively by using good listening techniques.
8. Ability to use interpersonal skills to foster positive working relationships with team members (peers, supervisors, and subordinates) required to provide superior services in the public interest.
9. Ability to take appropriate action to accomplish assigned duties and accept accountability for outcomes.
10. Ability to use appropriate physical force, including deadly force, when necessary to prevent the imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to others or self.
High School diploma or GED. Associate’s degree or equivalent preferred but not required. Three years related experience as a Detention Officer. Must have Texas Basic Jailer Certification (Intermediate preferred). Basic Texas Peace Officer certification preferred but not required. Must possess a valid Texas Driver’s License and/or obtain a license within 30 days.
Physical Demands and Work Environment & Other Requirements:
While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent must be able to regularly stoop, sit, walk, rapidly climb stairs or ladders, run and lift up to 100 pounds. Must be able to regularly exert physical force in order to control inmates when necessary and lift, twist and throw persons during defensive tactics. May sit at a work station for prolonged periods of time writing, typing, using a computer, or telephoning citizens or personnel for information. May be exposed to communicable diseases.
There is exposure to household type cleaning agents (such as diluted bleach, alcohol based window cleaner, chlorine based cleanser); and occasional exposure to pesticides. There is occasional exposure to inmate control devices that emit pepper agents via aerosol spray, gel or foam. There is the potential of exposure to toxic smoke.
SPECIAL ADA PHYSICAL STATEMENT:
Applicants must demonstrate distant and near vision of 20/30 corrected or uncorrected in each eye and must be able to read typewritten material with or without glasses. Must be able to see without glasses (with or without the use of contact lenses) in order to wear an air mask; and in order to be able to see to defend themselves and others; applicants with uncorrected vision worse than 20/100 (Snellen) must wear contact lens while working; Must be able to distinguish basic colors (without the use of x-chrome lenses); Must be able to hear the conversational voice, with or without the use of hearing aid. Must be able to lift an approximately 40 lb Self Contained Breathing Apparatus for emergencies during fires; and, must be able to partially lift and drag an average weight person of approximately 185 lbs, a distance of 75 feet for the evacuation of individuals unable to assist themselves during emergencies; Must be able to physically restrain hostile and combative subjects; Must be physically able to participate in defensive tactics training and annual refresher training: Must be able to work any shift; and, Must be able to communicate in clear English during emergencies.