Detention Center Sergeant

  • Type:

    Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:

    Dependent Upon Experience
  • Announcement Date:

  • Closing Date:

    Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

Under general supervision of Detention Captain and Deputy Director performs as the supervisor for Staff Sergeant and security staff ensuring in 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.

Major Duties:

  • Oversees and participates in maintaining/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.
  • Oversees operation, maintenance, and control of security equipment for the detention center: conducts regular inspections of facility and security equipment to ensure proper operation of compliance with security policies and regulations; maintains security of the armory; maintains accountability for facility’s inventory of weapons (firearm/Chemical), restraint equipment, keys, vest,, and other security related equipment and supplies; conducts inspections to account for all tools and medical/kitchen sharp items, and researches any missing items; maintains facility key control; oversees videotaping of the facility.
  • Performs regular inspections of facility/equipment to ensure compliance with fire/emergency safety codes/standards; inspect and test fire extinguishers, sprinklers, and other equipment to ensure proper operation and maintenance.
  • Oversees and coordinates disciplinary activities responds to inmate requests and complaints; serves as chairman of Disciplinary Review Board and of Grievance Committee; conducts disciplinary hearings; ensures accuracy of documentation/information; ensures that committee considers all information and makes decisions in a fair manner; imposes first-line disciplinary actions.
  • 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 inmates 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 inmate classification activities, serves on Reclassification Committee; oversees and participates in determining 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 releases 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 innate 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; escorts inmates from one area of the facility to another; observes inmates for possible suicide or mental problems.
  • Oversees inmate transport functions (court/etc.); 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 during transport activities.
  • Performs customer service functions, provides assistance, and information related to facility policies, procedures, activities, documentation, or other issues; responds to questions/complaints, research problems, an initiates problem resolution.
  • Performs general/preventive maintenance tasks necessary to keep vehicles, equipment, and tools in operable condition, 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.
  • Monitors inventory of department equipment and supplies ensures availability of adequate materials to conduct work activities; initiates orders for new/replacement materials.
  • Attends/organizes meetings; serves on committees and makes presentations as needed.
  • On-call for after hours or weekends emergencies or problem situations.
  • Maintains logs, records, reports of all incidents, accidents, population counts and other activities.
  • Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondences, 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, 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, policies, 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 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, photographic equipment, protective/safety equipment medial supplies, radio/communications equipment, or hand tools.
  • Performs general/preventive maintenance tasks necessary to keep vehicles, equipment and tools in operable condition, 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.


Knowledge Required:

  • Associates Degree or a minimum of three (3) years’ experience that includes progressively responsible detention center operations, administration of detention facility programs and supervision, plus experience in assigned specialized area(s) of assignment (security operations, safety, or fire prevention).
  • Must possess and maintain valid Detention Officer Certification (Class 2) from South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, Basic Instructor Certification from South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, valid NCIC terminal Operator Certification form South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, and Certified Jail Manager (CJM) or Certified Jail Supervisor (CJS) from American Jail Association within one (1) year of job promotion to Lieutenant.
  • Must possess and maintain CPR/First Aid Certification.
  • Must be able to work shift, holidays, weekends.

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 ouns or over).


Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as odors, traffic hazards, humidity, rain, temperature extremes

Application Procedure:

Only applicants submitting an application, resume and 3 letters of references (professional references only, please) to Jasper County Human Resources, PO Box 150, Ridgeland, SC  29936 will be considered.  Applications are available on line at  or, may be obtained in person at the Clementa C. Pinckney Government Building, 358 Third Avenue, Ridgeland, SC  29936.  APPLICANTS WILL BE DRUG TESTED AND MUST SUCCESSFULLY PASS A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK.   APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Open until filled.

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

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