Staff Sergeant

  • Type:

    Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:

    Dependent Upon Experience
  • Announcement Date:

  • Closing Date:

    Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, supervises Detention Shift Supervisors 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.

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 correctional 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 and compliance with security policies and regulations; maintains security of the armory; maintains accountability for facility’s inventory of weapons, restraint equipment, keys, 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.
  • Serves as fire marshal for the detention center conducts regular inspections of facility/equipment to ensure compliance with fire/life safety codes/standards; inspect and test fire extinguishers, sprinklers, air packs, and other equipment to ensure proper operation and maintenance.
  • Coordinates monthly fire drills and training with staff.
  • Serves as initial incident commander until relieved as required.
  • Responsible for fire watch tours when needed.
  • Supervises the accountability/serviceability of the electronic security system investigates all situations where the recorded evidence is required; provides evidences where evidences is required as to the opening/closing of all security doors; provides evidences where audio evidences is required from the intercoms; ensures operation/serviceability of the electronic security system.
  • 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.
  • Performs administrative tasks prepares and maintains documentation and special reports; develops work/leave schedules to ensure adequate coverage; reviews timesheets and forwards for processing.
  • 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 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 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 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 during transport activities; verifies completion of proper documentation, verifies identity of inmates, and conducts inmate searches prior to transport..


  • 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, 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.
  • 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 and motor vehicle/license records enters inquiries on data such as vehicle registrations, driver’s license records, criminal histories, warrants, lost/stolen property, or missing/wanted persons; 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, baton, flashlight, fire extinguisher, photographic equipment, protective/safety equipment, medical supplies, radio/communications equipment, or hand tools..
  • 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.

Knowledge Required:

  • Associate 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 from South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, and Certified Jail Supervisor (CJS) from the American Jail Association within (1) year of job promotion to Staff Sergeant.
  • Individual will be considered Acting/Temp in position until CJS Certification is received.
  • Must possess and maintain CPR/First Aid Certification.  
  • Minimum 21 years of age possess a valid driver’s license with no DUI convictions within last five (5) years.  
  • Must be a US citizen, have satisfactory credit history.
  • No prior criminal domestic violence violations.  
  • 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 pounds or over).


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

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 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.

Application Procedure:

Submit application 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 Building, 358 Third Avenue, Ridgeland SC  29936.

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