Detention Lieutenant

posted Jan 28, 2020, 2:05 PM by Debra Williams-Baker

Socorro County

Job Description


Job Title:          Detention Lieutenant                                                                    Job Code:             

Division:          Operations or Administration                                                        Effective Date:     12/19

Department:     Detention    Funding Source: 415-000                                         Last Revised:       12/19





Performs supervisory and professional correctional duties related to managing the daily operations of the Detention Center. Plans, directs and coordinates the jail to ensure the health, safety and security of employees, visitors, and detainees.




Works under the general supervision of the Detention Administrator or Detention Captain (depending on assignment)




Provides general to close supervision to Sergeants and detention employees.




1.        Oversees the day-to-day operations of the county jail facility; establishes division priorities and projects; participates in the overall management of the department by proposing policy changes and implementing the same upon approval; makes recommendations relating to policy, practices and standard operating guidelines and procedures; prepares periodic reports as needed to apprise department management of various conditions and results.


2.        Coordinate the organization, staffing, and operational activities of detention staff; supervise and participate in the application of state statutes, county ordinances and departmental regulations and standard operating procedures regarding detention operations.


3.        Communicates performance of staff and their assigned subordinates for evaluation by the Administrator; communicates and monitors performance expectations and provides coaching for performance improvement.


4.        Assists to schedule work, vacation and compensatory days of direct-reports; maintains records; evaluates subordinates’ performance.


5.        Identify opportunities for improving methods and procedures of the program, review with Department Administration; implement improvements.


6.        Monitors performance of division personnel; assures compliance with established performance expectations and standard operational procedures; makes recommendations effecting employee retention, advancement, discipline and recommendations of discharge; reviews grievances and serves as the first level for resolution in the grievance process; assists with internal affairs investigations.


7.        Prepares special and recurring reports, recommends and when authorized implements changes to existing policies and procedures. Monitors and reviews service trends and recommend operational process changes. Assists in developing and implementing safe and security procedures.


8.        Oversees the control room operations, monitors controls and unit logs, recommends changes in work procedures and practices to improve operations, provides input to staff in handling situations with inmates; handles protective custody requests, resolves difficult or volatile inmate conflicts.


9.        Oversees security equipment, video equipment, key control, alarm systems, intercom systems, and other communication devices. Prepares reports of activities occurring within the facility, review reports submitted by detention sergeants, and officers, evaluates information and recommends actions.


10.     Interacts with outside agencies to assist in the coordination of detention services; responds to and resolves difficult inquires and complaints from the general public, visitors, and outside agencies.


11.     May handles inmate grievances; investigates reported wrong-doings and other circumstances that the inmate has expressed concerns, documents findings, reports any major violation and/or grievances that require a higher level authority.


12.     Performs other related duties as required.




1.        Education and Experience:


A.     Graduation from High School or GED certification

B.     Certified Correctional or Law Enforcement Officer;


C.    four (4) years of detention, correctional or law enforcement experience; including one year of experience supervising staff in a detention facility;


D.    An equivalent combination of education and experience.


2.             Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


Considerable knowledge of the fundamentals of proper search and seizure; inmate classification methods and guidelines, federal, state and local laws and regulations related to jail activities; New Mexico Criminal Code, New Mexico Jail Standards, SCDC Standard Operating Policies and Procedures, courtroom security methods and processes, inmate transportation security methods, court processes and protocol, warrant definitions and special language, computer operations and related software, detention center security and policies; methods and techniques of effective supervision and teamwork; interpersonal communication skills; considerable knowledge of English, grammar and technical writing skills.


Working knowledge of basic principles of psychology, sociology and behavioral/mental health issues found in a detention environment; basic understanding of the effects of narcotic use and withdrawals; demonstratable capability to understand and analyze materials, supplies and prescription and medication inventories, elementary first aid techniques and procedures; basic understanding of investigative techniques.  Knowledge of Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards; laws and regulations applicable to the operation of holding facilities.  Knowledge of computer equipment and software such as Jail Tracker for spreadsheets and databases:  statistical analysis, research methods and report presentation.


Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain working relationships with inmates, the public, outside agencies, colleagues and subordinates and other departments; demonstratable knowledge regarding methodologies and practical application of restraining physically violent prisoners; react quickly to novel situations under conditions of stress; prepare clear and concise reports;


3.             Special Qualifications: (Certificates, Licenses, etc.)


Must have successfully completed the Corrections, Detention or Law Enforcement Academy and be certified as a Law Enforcement or Correctional Officer.

Must work on-call 24 hours.

Must receive 40 hours annual training to maintain certification.

Must pass a background investigation.

Must possess a valid New Mexico Driver’s License and undergo periodic State DMV license status verification.

                Must pass FEMA/NIMS and ICS courses as required for the position, within a time frame designated by administration

                Complete designated LocalGovU curriculum within one-year time period.


4.             Work Environment:


                Functions of the position generally performed in a controlled environment.  Occasional travel.  Many functions of the work pose high degree of hazard uncertainty.  Physical readiness and conditioning may be a condition of job retention.  Various levels of mental application required, i.e. memory for details, emotional stability, discriminating thinking, creative problem solving.  Continuous use of motor skills. Periodic exposure to the presence of blood borne or airborne pathogens.