City of Alexandria, VA - Alexandria, VA

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The Alexandria Sheriff's Office in the City of Alexandria, Virginia, offers a challenging opportunity in corrections and law enforcement. Deputy Sheriffs primarily work in a direct supervision Detention Center housing approximately 450 inmates. Deputy Sheriffs manage inmate living units, handle inmate discipline, respond to inmate requests, supervise inmates, and resolve inmates problems. Other responsibilities of Deputy Sheriffs outside the Detention Center include service of court papers; warrant execution, courthouse/courtroom security, and prisoner transportation.

Manages housing units;
Conducts security checks;
Patrols corridors and other security areas;
Observes inmate behavior and activities, reports unusual behavior;
Notifies inmates of court appearances;
Records information on the Security and Observation Log;
Serves as a member of the Sheriff's Emergency Response Team (SERT);
Assists with courtroom security as needed;
Attends roll call and keeps abreast of pertinent information;
Exchanges information with incoming/outgoing deputies;
Conducts headcounts and maintains accurate counts of all inmates;
Prevents escapes, riots, and assaults by identifying and reporting security breaches;
Checks and secures doors;
Inspects security devices and post equipment;
Inspects areas accessible to inmates;
Responds to security disturbances;
Breaks up fights and restrains violent inmates;
Applies restraints as needed;
Conducts periodic shakedowns of units and random searches of cells and inmates and documents searches in AJIS;
Properly disposes of items seized during searches, to include processing evidence;
Calls for assistance during emergencies;
Conducts fire and other emergency drills;
Checks emergency equipment;
Extinguishes small fires;
Uses breathing apparatus;
Searches for suspected bomb upon receipt of a threat;
Retrieves emergency keys;
Checks and tracks cleaning chemicals;
Monitors cameras and alarms;
Controls access;
Knows inmate rules and procedures for sanctions;
Utilizes proper interpersonal communication skills to minimize conflicts;
Inspects housing units and inmates;
Conducts expectations meetings;
Resolves conflicts between inmates;
Uses discretion when administering discipline;
Investigates incidents;
Verbally reprimands inmates for violations;
Writes minor incident notes and incident reports concerning disciplinary action;
Updates inmate descriptor cards;
Controls inmate access and transporting inmates to the barbershop, law library, recreation area, sick call, work assignments, programs, attorney and personal visits;
Distributes inmate visitation sign-up sheets and schedules visits into AJIS;
Enters visitor information into AJIS;
Monitors visits;
Advises inmates when they are selected for attendance in programs;
Enters program and hair care services information into AJIS;
Transports inmates to court and other facilities;
Escorts medical personnel into housing units;
Observes inmates taking medication;
Assures compliance with self-medication of inmates;
Ensures inmates are adhering to basic hygiene practices;
Distributes razors, nail clippers, and dental floss;
Assists with laundry distribution and issuing hygiene kits;
Investigates injuries, recording injuries by writing incident reports;
Administers first aid, including CPR, when necessary;
Ascertains meal count; obtains meal trays; ensures all inmates receive a meal; contacts the kitchen for replacement trays when mistakes are made;
Notes complaints;Distributes and collects inmate canteen forms;
Supervises canteen distribution;
Collects, processes, and forwards inmate request forms;
Collects, examines, and forwards outgoing mail;
Opens and inspects mail in front of inmate, confiscates the envelope;
Collects inmate funds received in the mail, completes receipts and depositing into safe; Delivers money receipts to inmates;
Delivers newspapers;
Confiscates unauthorized items and places into inmate property;
Explains inmate grievance procedures and forms; resolves inmate grievances and complaints informally; distributes, collects and responds to inmate grievances;
Assists with field training of new deputies and defensive tactics and patrol training;
Attends mandatory in-service recertification courses and other classes to expand law enforcement and corrections knowledge and skills;
Qualifies annually with issued service weapon;
Creates lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, and references for training courses and instructs various subjects;
Attends training committee meetings;
Checks and responds to emails;
Reads and reviews general orders, the inmate handbook, accreditation standards, and standard operating procedures, to include post orders and submits memorandum for suggestions for changes to GOs and SOPs;
Proofreads new directives and discusses with administration personnel;
Serves on committees and writes directives for review;
Assists Alexandria Police Department as requested with emergency scenes;
Testifies at court;
Assists with traffic control at parades and other City special events;
Represents the Sheriff's Office as a member of the Honor Guard at special events;
Performs related work as required.
Minimum: High School Diploma or GED; some experience involving meeting and dealing with people under varying circumstances; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities; candidates for positions in this class are required to meet age, height and weight standards as established by the Human Resources Department; State Department of Criminal Justice Services and Sheriff' Office training requirements; good character and background requirements; employees must possess a valid driver's license issued by the state of their residence.

Candidates for positions are required to pass the Minimum Standard Training at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy.
Some knowledge of or the ability to acquire some knowledge of the rules, regulations and policies governing the Corrections Center and Sheriff's Office, some knowledge of the geography of the City and the locations of municipal buildings, or the ability to acquire this knowledge; ability to apply appropriate laws, rules, regulations, and policies to specific situations; ability to deal courteously but firmly with the general public; ability to exercise sound judgment and common sense; ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions; ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to physically perform the required tasks of the position; ability to act quickly, calmly and effectively in stressful situations, possess a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License and a two-year college degree.

This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment testing to include:
Written Examination, Mandatory Orientation, Background Questionnaire Package, Background Investigation, FBI/Federal Records Check, Driver License Check, Drug Screen, Credit History Check, Polygraph Examination, Psychological Examination, Sheriff Interview, and Medical Examination