Detention Officer
Forsyth County - Winston-Salem, NC

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General Statement of Duties


Supplemental Questions

Performs specialized inmate detention and care work in the Law Enforcement Detention Center. Incumbents of this classification are not entitled to special law enforcement benefits.

Distinguishing Features:
An employee in this class performs inmate intake, detention, care and release work in accordance with established policies and procedures. Work includes the observation and accompaniment of inmates inside the cell and County Detention Center and related care and record keeping requirements. Tactfulness and firmness are required in frequent contacts with violent, suicidal, and mentally disturbed inmates. The employee is subject to a hazardous and confining working environment. Work is performed under general supervision and is evaluated during formal discussion and by observation.

Minimum Education and Experience:
Graduation from high school or GED. Prefer previous experience in a detention facility. Must meet the minimum standards set by the North Carolina Sheriff's Training and Standards Council for Jailer certification. All applicants must successfully pass pre-employment physical fitness testing as conducted by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Receives inmates by conducting search, completing required intake forms, securing all personal property, and dressing out inmates in detention attire.
Acts as booking officer by maintaining inmate information, verifying the completion of necessary intake forms, classifying inmates and assigning cell location, and maintaining inmate count and cell locations.
Oversees the security and activities of inmates on an assigned floor.
Supervises meals and cleaning of facilities.
Distributes personal property.
Performs related duties as required.
Supervises the purchase and distribution of snack items and cigarettes.
Searches incoming property delivered for inmates to determine if it is allowable.
Verifies visitor acceptance by inmates, notifies the floor officer of visitor, records time and date of visits.
Releases inmates on bond, due to court order or for time served; ensures release papers are accurate and complete; returns all personal property to the individual; completes forms providing required documentation of release.
Supervises trustees cleaning and maintaining detention facilities, doing inmate laundry, and receiving and storing supplies.
Transports inmates for interviews, court or release; monitors inmates' medical status and takes appropriate action when illness or injury is suspected.

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