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Detention Sergeant

  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:$17.12
  • Announcement Date:12/10/2018




Under general supervision, supervises Correctional Officers in activities involving the care, custody and control of inmates; performs generally semi-routine or diversified duties requiring judgment in the application of broader aspects of established practices and procedures and decision making that may affect the accuracy of functional results.


  • Supervises, directs and evaluates assigned staff on assigned shift, processing employee concerns and problems, directing work, counseling, disciplining and completing employee performance appraisals; coordinates and/or conducts staff training in assigned duties, policies and procedures, inmate rules/regulations and other issues. 
  • Coordinates daily work activities: organizes, prioritizes and assigns work; monitors status of work in progress and inspects completed work; confers with assigned staff, assists with complex/problem situations and provides technical expertise. 
  • Ensures departmental compliance with all applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, safety practices, policies and procedures: monitors work environment and use of safety equipment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations. 
  • Communicates with immediate supervisor, supervisory personnel of adjoining shifts, commanding officers and other individuals to gather/exchange information on activities, problems, special situations or other areas requiring attention: coordinates work activities with those of other departments, courts and law enforcement agencies; reviews activity logs, incident reports and general correspondence to maintain awareness of current issues. 
  • Performs administrative tasks: prepares and maintains documentation and special reports; develops work/leave schedules to ensure adequate coverage; reviews timesheets and forwards for processing; provides budgetary input relating to area of assignment. 
  • Enforces detention center rules, regulations, policies and procedures: maintains inmate discipline; maintains a secure and peaceful environment in the facility. 
  • Supervises, coordinates and assists with the receiving, processing and booking of incoming inmates and arrestees: explains facility rules, regulations and procedures; secures, inventories and records personal property of each inmate; conducts interviews to obtain personal information; checks inmate for visible injuries, makes fingerprint and photographic records of incoming inmates; records inmate data in computer system and completes required documentation; assigns facility housing and issues clothing, bedding and personal hygiene items. 
  • Oversees and assists with inmate classification activities: oversees determination of appropriate classification of each inmate to ensure proper placement within detention center; reviews inmate classification sheets; determines whether each inmate is acceptable for confinement in the facility. 
  • Supervises, coordinates and assists in processing release of inmates per established procedures: completes applicable forms and ensures appropriate approvals; verifies identity of inmates and returns personal property; determines accuracy of documentation for release. 
  • Oversees supervision and monitoring of inmate activities inside the facility on a continual basis, including activities involving meals, recreation, cleaning activities, personal hygiene, medical care, visitation, mail and telephone calls: conducts and records regular/periodic population counts of inmates; logs daily movements and activities of inmates; moves/transfers inmates to/from cells, booking areas, court, medical facilities, or other locations as directed; escorts inmates from one area of the facility to another; observes inmates for possible suicide or mental problems; creates inmate work schedules, assigns inmates to work according to skills and monitors inmates during work assignments; administers disciplinary actions as appropriate. 
  • Investigates inmate complaints, violations and disputes: oversees and conducts disciplinary review investigations; prepares investigative reports. 
  • Supervises, coordinates and assists in performing various functions associated with ensuring the health, safety and welfare of inmates, which may include distribution of meals, provision of clothing/bedding or other supplies; provision of medical aid/supplies, coordination of visitation and telephone communications, or distribution of mail; receives and responds to inmate request. 
  • Supervises, coordinates and assists with dispensing of medications, administration of first aid and coordination of emergency medical care per established procedures: responds to inmate requests for other medical attention and determines whether additional medical care may be needed; provides security for inmates confined in hospital. 
  • Compiles or monitors administrative and/or statistical data pertaining to inmate activities or department operations: calculates good behavior and earned work credit; computes jail time; computes time served by sentenced inmates for County, City and Family Courts; computes bond and sentences; summarizes data and prepares reports. 
  • Oversees and participates in maintaining/assuring security of detention center: oversees security checks of housing units and all interior/exterior areas of facility by correctional officers; monitors cameras/video surveillance equipment; controls opening/closing of all doors in facility; maintains visitor log; screens inmate contact records; conducts watch tours, make rounds of facility and performs periodic security checks; checks locks, alarms and other security devices; conducts pat searches and strip searches; searches inmates, cells, mail, building and ground areas to locate/remove contraband and to maintain security; responds to violence, alarms or other emergency situations; mediates inmate problems, intervenes in physical confrontations and assists in controlling/restraining violent/unruly inmates; assists in conducting searches for escapees. 
  • Oversees inmate transport functions: coordinates with court personnel and law enforcement agencies regarding transport of offenders; coordinates vehicle maintenance/repair activities; assists in transporting inmates to court, medical facilities, work details, other prisons or law enforcement facilities or other locations as needed; continually monitors behavior and activities of inmates of inmates during transport activities; verifies completion of proper documentation, verifies identity of inmates and conducts inmate searches prior to transport. 
  • Supervises cleaning/maintenance activities within the detention facility: oversees supervision of inmates engaged in kitchen/laundry tasks, facility cleaning and overall maintenance of detention center facilities. 
  • Performs customer service functions: provides information related to facility policies, procedures, activities, documentation, or other issues; responds to questions/complaints, researches problems and initiates problem resolution. 
  • Maintains logs, records and reports of all incidents, accidents, population counts and other activities. 
  • Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, performance appraisals, employee counseling forms, schedules, assignments, security checklists, weapons accountability records, inspection records, status reports, logs, lists, incident reports, quality control reports, mileage records, transport/transfer request, work orders, maintenance requests, classification status reports, time computation sheets, disciplinary reports, investigative reports, court disposition forms, adjudication alerts, headcount sheets, booking documentation, fingerprint records, segregation logs, confining documents, inmate movement sheets, property inventory records or other documents. 
  • Receives various forms, reports, correspondence, time sheets, shift meeting reports, booking reports, demographical data, status reports, logs, lists, court indictments, probation forms, court orders, mental evaluation orders, work orders, inmate records, inmate classification sheets, disciplinary reports, inmate request forms, arrest/booking documentation, juvenile commitments, rosters, movement sheets, administrative segregation sheets, criminal history reports, warrants, medication records, inmate handbook, NCIC guidelines, policies, procedures, rules, regulation, directories, manuals, reference materials or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes forwards or retains as appropriate.
  • Operates a personal computer, general office equipment or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions, to include the use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, email, Internet or other computer programs. 
  • Operates national criminal information computer system (NCIC) to retrieve/update criminal information, criminal histories, warrants and send/responds to confirmations on warrants; ensures integrity/security of data and adherence to NCIC requirements. 
  • Operates a variety of standard and specialized equipment and tools associated with work activities, which may include a motor vehicle, firearms, chemical weapons, emergency equipment, security/alarm system, surveillance camera/monitor, door control panel, fingerprint processing machine, handcuffs, restraining devices, flashlight, fire extinguisher, photographic equipment, protective/safety equipment, medical supplies, radio/communications equipment or hand tools. 
  • Performs general/preventive maintenance task necessary to keep vehicles, equipment and tools in operable conditions, which may include inspecting equipment, refueling vehicles, checking fluid levels or replacing fluids, washing/cleaning equipment or cleaning work areas; inspects vehicles prior to transport of inmates; monitors equipment operations to maintain efficiency and safety; reports faulty equipment.
  • Maintains inventory of department equipment and supplies: ensures availability of adequate materials to conduct work activities; initiates orders for new/replacement materials. 
  • Communicates with commanding officers, supervisory personnel, employees, other departments, inmates, family members, law enforcement personnel, court personnel, attorneys, bonding companies, medical providers, visitors, the public, vendors, contractors, service providers, the media, outside agencies and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, resolve problems or give/receive advice/direction. 
  • Attends meetings as needed. 
  • Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable laws/regulations: maintains an awareness of new trends and advances in the profession; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; attends workshops and training sessions as appropriate. 


  • Performs general/clerical tasks, which may include answering telephone calls, making copies, sending/receiving faxes, filing documentation or processing incoming/outgoing mail. 
  • Provides assistance to other employees or departments as needed. 
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Qualifications:  Must be at least 21 years of age.  Requires:  3-5 years related experience including a minimum of 2 years successful experience at the Corporal level; certification from the SC Criminal Justice Academy; knowledge of relevant federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations, codes and/or statutes; familiarity with methods and techniques of dealing with individuals in custody, criminal attitudes and behavior patterns; knowledge of self-defense tactics and use of law enforcement equipment.  Incumbent is expected to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates and maintain a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.

Application Procedure:  Submit application to Jasper County Human Resources, PO Box 150, Ridgeland, SC  29936.  Applications are available on-line at www.jaspercountysc.org or may be obtained in person at the Clementa C. Pinckney Government Building, 358 Third Avenue, Ridgeland SC  29936.  APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Open until filled.

If an accommodation is needed in order to participate in the application process, please contact the Human Resources Office. 



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