Correctional Officer I/II
Shasta County - Redding, CA

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Under supervision, to work in a training capacity, learning to supervise inmates at the County Detention Facility and maintain facility security; to learn procedures and methods for the care, custody, and confinement of inmates; to oversee work details and leisure activities; and to do related work as required. This position requires the ability to work 12-hour rotating shifts, overtime and weekends. Skills or experiences listed under the Ideal Candidate statement may also be used to screen applications.

Qualifying applicants will be invited to appear for a written examination, physical agility test and subsequently an oral interview. Prior to appointment, all candidates must successfully complete a polygraph, and/or CVSA (Certified Voice Stress Analysis) test, an extensive background check, a medical examination and a psychological evaluation. The physical agility test typically covers the following areas: stair climb, stretcher carry, body drag, 50 yard sprint, air pack course, and 500 yard run. Meeting the announced requirements does not guarantee inclusion into the selection process.


The Correctional Officer I (CO I) is the entry level in the Correctional Officer class series. Incumbents work in a learning capacity performing Correctional Officer duties. This class is distinguished from the Correctional Officer II class in that incumbents in the latter are expected to be fully trained and capable of performing assignments with minimal guidance and supervision. A Correctional Officer I will be promoted to Correctional Officer II after one year and the demonstration of sufficient skills and knowledge and sound work habits, the successful completion of the Correctional Officer course (CORE) approved by Standards and Training for Corrections (STC), and the successful completion of PC 832 Arrest and Firearms course and must qualify with a Shasta County Sheriff Department’s weapon.

The Correctional Officer II (CO II) is the journey level class in the Sheriff’s Correctional Officer series. Incumbents are expected to perform the full range of duties required, have successfully completed of the CORE class and successfully completed the PC 832 Arrest and Firearms class. At the Sheriff’s discretion CO IIs may be authorized to carry firearms while transporting prisoners or guarding prisoners at local hospitals.


CO I: Participates in a formal correctional training program involving both classroom and practical instruction and including physical and firearm training. Subjects include community relations, and jail custody and operations. May temporarily perform custody duties in the jail while awaiting assignment to the Correctional Officer CORE Course.

CO II: Enforce facility policies and procedures; maintain inmate discipline; supervise, observe and monitor inmate activities in the facility; take headcounts of inmates as required; process booking of inmates in/out of facility. Ensure the general health, welfare, security and safety of inmates; transport inmates to/from courts, state institutions and other jails. Search inmates, mail, and cells to locate/remove contraband. Assist in restraining violent/unruly arrestees.


Knowledge of: (CO I) Basic functions of a local law enforcement agency; basic mathematics; basic computer applications and techniques; (CO II) Shasta County Detention Facility procedures, policies and regulations; state and federal laws and regulations related to jail operations, booking procedures, and custody of inmates; problems related to the care and custody of inmates; recent court decisions affecting arrest procedures, and the handling of suspects and detained persons; good public-relation techniques; use and care of department authorized equipment and firearms as assigned; first-aid methods and techniques; computers and software used by the county detention facilities.

Ability to: Perform a wide variety of correctional work; read, understand, and interpret laws and regulations regarding the operation of the county detention facility, and the care and custody of inmates; gather and organize data and information; interview and secure information from people; make independent judgments and adopt quick, effective, and responsible courses of action during emergencies; prepare clear, comprehensive reports; meet physical standards related to the job; demonstrate technical and tactical proficiency in the use and care of firearms prior to completion of first year of employment; operate a keyboard and/or typewriter with sufficient skill to perform booking and report preparation assignments; work with computerized law enforcement information systems; effectively, tactfully, and courteously represent the Sheriff's Office to the public and other law enforcement agencies; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; assimilate classroom instructions covering a wide variety of academic and technical subjects related to the job; First aid methods and techniques.

These employment standards are typically attained with (CO I): graduation from high school or possession of a GED certificate; (CO II): A minimum of one year experience as a Correctional Officer in an adult correctional facility; possession of a valid Basic Law Enforcement Certificate awarded by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.); and successfully complete a Correctional Officer CORE Course approved by STC within the first six months of employment. Incumbents with one year experience as a Correctional Officer in an adult correctional facility must also have completed a Correctional Officer CORE Course approved by STC; completed PC 832 and weapons training; successfully completed the Sheriff’s Office firearms qualification course; possess an appropriate California driver’s license; be of minimum age at date of hire of 18; and have no felony convictions.


The ideal candidate will have completed the PC 832 Arrest and Firearms course; or completed 20 units of academic course work from an accredited college or university, preferably Administration of Justice classes or other law enforcement related classes; or have Military experience.


• Failure to satisfactorily complete the Correctional Officer CORE Course approved by STC, or the Sheriff’s Office firearms qualification course within one year of appointment will result in termination from this classification;
• Successful completion of PC 832 Arrest and Firearms course and must qualify with a Shasta County Sheriff’s Office weapon prior to promoting to CO II;
• Within one year from date of appointment, successfully complete 176 hour CORE course training including 13 hours of physical training and conditioning, 5 hours of evasive self-defense, 5 hours of Fire and Life safety; 8 hours of community CPR and First Aid, and 145 hours of classroom instruction;
• Successfully complete 24 hours of Standards training for Correction Officers annually;
• Participate in monthly in-service training/practical exercises;
• Complete Fire and Life Safety training course every two years;
• Carry and operate a 40 lb. Scott Air Pack; and complete First Aid/CPR training every two years;
• Essential duties require the following physical and work requirements:
• Ability to think and act quickly in emergencies; effectively deal with personal danger; maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities including subduing resisting individuals, moving equipment and injured persons, performing life saving and rescue procedures; operate assigned equipment and vehicles.


Reponses to the following must be submitted with a completed application.

1. The Shasta County Detention Facilities are “no-hostage” facilities. This means that in the event you are taken hostage, the County will not bargain for your safe release. Are you willing to work in a no-hostage facility?
Yes ___ No ___
2. As a Correctional Officer, you may be required to work an entire 12-hour shift, locked up behind bars in a building without windows. Are you willing to work in this type of environment? Yes ___ No ___
3. Correctional Officers are required to work shifts as assigned. Are you willing to work any of the following shifts as needed: days, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays? Yes ___ No ___
4. Do you have a current PC 832 Arrest and Control and Firearms certification? Yes ___ No ___
5. If yes, did you attach a copy of the PC 832 certification to your application? If no, please type “n/a.”
6. Do you have at least 20 units from an accredited college in Administration of Justice, or a related field?
Yes ___ No ___
7. Do you have military experience? Yes ___ No ___


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; talk or hear; and smell. The employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand, run, walk, climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The specific hearing abilities required by this position include distant peripheral, and nearby. An incumbent must endure physical exertion in the course of subduing a combative inmate and other emergency situations that could include but are not limited to running, climbing stairs, and physically lifting/transporting an inmate as these occasions arise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The employee has regular contact with individuals with communicable diseases such as AIDS, HIV, hepatitis, tuberculosis, etc. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


• All new employees are required to have their paycheck directly deposited to a bank account.
• Some positions may require a valid California driver’s license and acceptable driving record according to County policy.
• Reasonable accommodations may be made for those persons who are disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act to perform the essential functions of the position.
• All individuals offered employment with Shasta County must pass a pre-employment physical examination that includes drug and alcohol testing.
• In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, County employees, in the event of a disaster are considered disaster workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.
• Positions in this classification are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the County and the Deputy Sheriff’s Association (DSA).
• Employees in this classification are covered under the CalPERS retirement program. Please visit for additional information regarding benefits and CalPERS coverage information.


Shasta County Personnel will accept applications and responses to the required supplemental questions until 5:00 p.m., on March 22, 2013. A cover letter and/or resume will be accepted in addition to the application form but will not serve as a substitute for a completed application. Incomplete applications will not be processed. It is not acceptable to complete the application with statements such as, “See/Refer to Resume,” or “See Attached.” Closing date postmarks or faxes will NOT be accepted. This recruitment will establish a new list that may or may not be used by other departments. Prior applicants must reapply to be considered.

Applicants will be screened and those considered best qualified will be invited to appear for an oral and/or written examination. Meeting the announced requirements does not guarantee inclusion into the selection process. Depending upon the number of applications received, the selection process may consist of additional application screening, written and/or practical exam(s), oral interview, or any combination thereof.

Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line at or submit an application to the Shasta County Personnel Office.

Arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants with disabilities. Requests for accommodations may be made to the Shasta County Personnel Office by the filing deadline posted on this bulletin. Shasta County does not discriminate on the basis of disability. If you feel you are being denied service based on a disability, our ADA Coordinator may be reached at (530) 225-5515; relay service (800) 735-2922; fax (530) 225-5345.

Shasta County Personnel
1450 Court Street, Room 348; Redding, CA 96001; (530) 225-5515

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