Detention Sergeant I (In House Only)

posted Nov 25, 2019, 2:30 PM by Debra Williams-Baker

Socorro County

Job Description


Job Title:          Detention Sergeant I                                                                    Job Code:             715

Division:          Operations                                                                                  Effective Date:     04/15

Department:     Detention                                                                                    Last Revised:        03/18




Performs a variety of supervisory, and full performance level detention officer duties related to the security, safety, order, operation and maintenance of county detention facilities, including incarceration and detention of prisoners.




Works under the close to general supervision of the Captain or Detention Administrator.




Provides close supervision to Corporals, Officers-In-Charge and Detention Officer(s) II or I.




1.        Supervises assigned staff; prioritizes and assigns tasks and projects, counsels, coaches, trains and instructs employees; schedules staff and calls out additional officers to cover shifts or emergencies; approves days off; monitors detention staff to ensure policies are being followed; instructs and makes changes to improve performance.


2.        Prepares and maintains a variety of reports as requested by administration; prepares a variety of daily reports, including post assignments, briefing sheets, impaction sheets, count sheets and laundry sheets; prepares periodic reports, including incident reports, behavior reports, transport reports, court reports and disciplinary reports.


3.        Supervises inmates in county jail in accordance with established policies, regulations and procedures while assuming responsibility for all needs (physical, medical, etc.) of the prisoners during detention; issues medications as prescribed by physicians; assists with processing of inmate grievances; oversees the emergency response team.


4.        Performs various tasks associated with inmate admissions; books prisoners; reviews offense status and classification (violent, non-violent, etc.) to determine appropriate level of security and confinement; performs releases and required by court order; conducts strip searches.


5.        Observes conduct and behavior of inmates to prevent disturbances and escapes; searches inmates and cells for contraband articles; patrols assigned areas for evidence of forbidden activities, infractions of rules and unsatisfactory attitudes or adjustment of prisoners, and reports observations to supervisor; performs inmate supervision during recreation and meal periods.


6.        Inspects locks, grills, doors and gates for tampering; conducts cell “shake-downs” and inspections; employs various forms of discipline as needed to maintain order among prisoners, if necessary.


7.        Supervises prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prisons, work details, or other points, traveling by automobile or public transportation as required; locks prisoner(s) in cell after searching for weapons, valuables or drugs.


8.        Secures all valuables and/or belongings and follows standard procedures designated for the disposing or maintaining of the same; orders and serves meals to prisoners and provides or obtains medical aid if needed; administers medication as prescribed by doctor.


9.        Prepares arrest records including reports, bookings, releases, fingerprinting and mug shot photography (identifying the prisoner and charge against him/her); assists in the maintenance of various records and information reporting materials and data base.


10.     Supervises trustees or prisoners on general work details inside and outside of jail; performs general maintenance of jail facility and environs; repairs safety and security devices; cleans and sanitizes cells; maintains inmate recreation area and equipment.


11.     May participate in extradition transports; moves inmates to and from various interstate locations



12.     Performs other related duties as required.


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1.             Education and Experience:


A.     Graduation from High School or GED certification.


B.     Law Enforcement, Detention or Correctional Officer Certified;


C.    Two (2) years of experience performing above duties and two years supervisory experience;


D.    An equivalent combination of education and experience.


2.             Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


Working knowledge of the fundamentals of proper search and seizure; federal, state and local laws and regulations related to jail activities; dispatch communication equipment; basic principles of psychology and sociology; elementary first aid techniques and procedures.


Ability to manager staff, communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain working relationships with inmates, the public and other departments; restrain physically violent prisoners; react quickly to novel situations under conditions of stress; to deescalate hostile or stressful situations .


3.             Special Qualifications


Must be certified as a Law Enforcement, Correctional or Detention 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.  Frequent 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, e.g. 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.