Detention Center Captain

  • Type:

    Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:

    22.53 per Hour
  • Announcement Date:

  • Closing Date:

    Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

Under general supervision of the Detention Center Detention Center Deputy Director/Director, performs as the supervisor for security and operation personnel for the facility. Will monitor all operations to ensure a functionally legal, efficient, safe, and sanitary Jasper County Detention Center in accordance with local, state, and federal policy, rules, and regulations.

Major Duties:

  • Oversees and participates in maintain/assuring security of the detention center: oversees security checks of housing units and all interior/exterior areas of the facility by Detention officers; monitors cameras/video surveillance equipment; controls opening/closing of all doors in the facility; maintains visitor log, screens inmate contact records, conducts watch tours, makes rounds of the facility, and performs periodic security checks; check 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 and other emergency situations; mediate inmate problems, intervenes in physical confrontations, and assists in controlling/restraining violent/unruly inmates; assists in conducting searches for escapees.
  • Ensures facility 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 Detention Deputy Director/Director, supervisory personnel, County Officials, or other individuals to review department operations/activities, review/resolve problems, receive advice/direction, and provide recommendations; gathers/exchanges information on activities with other of other departments, courts, law enforcement agencies, or other entities.
  • Performs administrative tasks: reviews staff reports, incident reports, activity logs, intake/release reports, and other documentation to maintain awareness of current issues; develops duty rosters and work schedules to ensure adequate coverage of facility shifts; reviews and approves timesheets and forwards for payment.
  • Conducts inspections of detention center facilities to ensure proper operations, maintenance, safety, and security.
  • Assists in developing and implementing long-and-short-term plans, goals, and objectives for the department evaluates efficiency and effectiveness of department operations, procedures, and resource management; recommends and/or implements improvements in operational procedures as needed.
  • Develops, reviews, updates, and implements departmental policies and procedures.
  • Assists in developing and implementing departmental budget; assists in monitoring expenditures to ensure compliance with approved budget.
  • Enforces detention center rules, regulations, policies, and procedures maintains inmate discipline; maintains a secure and peaceful environment in the facility.
  • Attends meetings serves on committees and makes presentations as needed.
  • On-call for after hours or weekend emergencies or problem situations.
  • 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.
  • Prepares or complete various forms, reports, correspondence, performance appraisals, employee counseling forms, schedules, assignments, security checklists, weapons accountability records, inspection records, checks, balance reports, account records, status reports, logs, lists, incident reports, quality control reports, mileage records, transport/transfer requests, 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, incident 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, rosters, movement sheets, administrative segregation sheets, criminal history reports, warrants, medication records, inmate handbook, NCIC guidelines polices, procedures, rules regulations, 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, e-mail, Internet, or other computer programs.
  • Operates national criminal information computer system (NCIC) to retrieve/update criminal information records enter inquiries on data such as criminal histories, warrants; sends/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, drug testing kits, processing kits, fingerprint processing machine, handcuffs, restraining devices, flashlight, fire extinguisher, photogenic equipment, protective/safety equipment, medical supplies, radio/communications equipment, or hand tools.




  • 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.

Physical Demands:

Tasks require the ability to exert moderate, though not constant physical effort, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-20 pounds); may occasionally involve heavier objects and materials (100 pounds or over).


Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as odors, humidity, rain temperature extremes, bright/dim light, disease, pathogenic substances, violence, chemical weapons, firearms, or rude/irate individuals.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associate degree with course work emphasis in Criminal Justice, Business management, or a related field; supplemented by completion of Basic Jailer Training program; supplemented by five (5) years previous experience and/or training that includes progressively responsible detention center operations, administration of Correctional Facility programs, and supervision, plus experience in assigned specialized area(s) of assignment.
  • Must possess and maintain valid Correctional Officer Certification (Class 2) from South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, Basic Instructor Certification from South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, and valid NCIC Terminal Operator certification from South Carolina driver’s license. Must possess within 1-2 years of hire an Executive Leadership Training preferably from National Jail Leadership Academy or NAcO High Performance Leadership Certification, FEMA 1300 (Continuity of Operations) Certification. Must be able to work shifts, holidays, weekends on salaried position.

Application Procedure:

Only applicants submitting a fully completed Jasper County application will be considered. Please submit completed documents to Jasper County Human Resources, PO Box 150, Ridgeland, SC 29936. Applications are available on-line or, may be obtained in person at the Clementa C. Pinckney Government, 358 Third Avenue, Ridgeland, SC 29936. APPLICANTS WILL BE DRUG TESTED AND MUST SUCCESSFULLY PASS A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK.

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



Open Until Filled

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