Detention Deputy

Job Locations US-FL-Winter Haven
Posted Date 1 month ago(6/17/2024 9:57 AM)
Job ID
Blood and Viral Pathogen Risk
Foreseeable Risk

Position Concept






The Detention Deputy monitors, controls and accounts for incarcerated inmates and civilian visitors while at the Polk County Sheriff's Office detention facilities.


The most important and essential job function of the pposition is attitude which includes the following: interacting positively and cooperating with co-workers, respnding politely to customers, delivering customer service, working as a team member, functioning under intense pressure and responding in a positive manner to supervision.


The Detention Deputy may perform other related duties and tasks, as required and shall have the physical, mental and emotional abilities to perform the essential job duties of the position.

Employee Benefits

  • Direct Deposit, Bi-Weekly Pay Checks
  • Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • FRS Retirement
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Time Off
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Education Incentives
  • Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Wellness Incentives
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Free Employee Gym
  • Free Employee Health Clinic

Essential Functions






·       Operate remote control panel

·       Operate manual cell locks

·       Conduct inmate counts

·       Verify inmate counts

·       Patrol/observe housing/confinement areas

·       Maintain security of keys

·       Maintain control room or office logs

·       Control civilian traffic in restricted areas

·       Patrol and inspect perimeter of facility

·       Operate jail or annex sally ports or gates

·       Monitor closed-circuit television

·       Escort visitors or vendors

·       Supervise inmate barber

·       Prevent escape attempts

·       Obtain medical or dental assistance

·       Report unusual emergency situations

·       Direct evacuation

·       Apply restraints

·       Subdue disorderly inmates

·       Search confinement areas

·       Search inmate property

·       Strip-search inmate

Housing Management

·       Verify office log

·       Maintain housing or dormitory log

·       Supervise inmates during recreation

·       Observe inmate in medical isolation

·       Inspect fire fighting equipment

·       Resolve inmate disputes

·       Supervise trusty distributing food trays

·       Supervise inmates during medical visit

·       Move inmate in and out of cell


·       Receive/issue weapons and ammunition

·       Inventory weapons and ammunition

·       Report sabotage, pilferage, violations

·       Answer inmate questions

·       Maintain restraint equipment inventory

·       Prepare disciplinary report

·       Report and record found contraband

·       Investigate disciplinary report

·       Participate in disciplinary board

·       Conduct facility tours

·       Testify or appear in court

·       Fire weapons on range qualification

·       Collect DNA

Inmate Property, Mail and Money

·       Collect, sort or distribute institutional mail

·       Sort and distribute inmate mail

·       Distribute completed commissary orders

·       Distribute/collect inmate commissary order

·       Collect and accurately count money


·       Supervise inmates during transport

·       Maintain security of inmates

·       Operate transport vehicles

·       Transport inmates to/from outside facilities

·       Supervise inmates outside of facilities

·       Prepare and complete travel record

·       Communicate with other facilities


·       Observe contact and non-contact visits

·       Search visitors

·       Sign up visitors

·       Sign up inmates for recreation

·       Maintain security of inmates at recreation

·       Maintain statistical data

·       Ensure compliance with visitation and recreation standards


·       Assist the Support Section Commander

·       Procure and deliver office supplies

·       Order uniform supplies

·       Deliver inter-office mail

·       Receive and return messages

·       Maintain office supplies

Attorney Booth

·       Coordinate and monitor inmate visit


·       Verify intake information

·       Fingerprint inmates

·       Verify inmate identity

·       Photograph inmate

·       Oversee delousing process

·       Maintain inmate property inventory list

·       Return Inmate property

·       Collect DNA

Disciplinary Review Board

·       Prepare and distribute restrictions list

·       Conduct disciplinary review and hearing

·       Review disciplinary report form

·       Distribute disciplinary review form

·       Assemble disciplinary report histories

·       Conduct appeal hearings


Food Service


·       Provide training materials

·       Inspect food or drink

·       Issue or receive supplies

·       Maintain sanitary facility

·       Issue, inventory, receive utensils

·       Provide meals for inmates

Intoxilyzer Maintenance

·       Conduct intoxilyzer breath test

·       Maintain intoxilyzer

Judicial Complex

·       Monitor inmate court appearance

·       Verify inmate location

·       Distribute court lists, correspondence

·       Conduct security patrol

Dual Certified

·       Document criminal offenses

Trusty Supervisor

·       Ensure compliance with standards

·       Select inmates for trusty status

·       Oversee distribution of laundry items

·       Oversee distribution of hygiene items

·       Maintain yard and laundry equipment

·       Oversee cleanliness of facility

·       Maintain linens and other items

·       Oversee grounds keeping

·       Transport trusties to work site

·       Oversee car wash

·       Maintain inmate telephones and televisions

Weekender Program

·       Conduct weekend program

·       Obtain materials for program

·       Assist Unit sergeant

·       Set-up inmate folders

·       Assist Transportation Unit


·       Perform demonstrations

·       Conduct building search

·       Conduct area search

·       Maintain and sanitize K-9 Kennel cage

·       Maintain K-9

·       Attend training

·       Conduct area search for drugs

·       Complete activity log of training

·       Complete monthly activity log

·       Complete all required documentation


Education, Professional Certification or License

  • High School or GED
  • Valid Florida driver's license
  • State of Florida, Basic Recruit Certificate of Corrections Compliance after completion of training in accordance with the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission
  • Successful completion of the Polk County Sheriff's Office Floor Training and Evaluation Program
  • Dual certification required for K-9 assignment

Professional Experience

  • Prefer experience in corrections, security or social work fields

Environmental Conditions

  • Works near potentially dangerous persons
  • Work may require physical acts of strength and endurance
  • May utilize firearms or other weapons
  • Works rotating 12 hour shift
  • Works in confined areas with limited access to freedom

Knowledge of

  • PCSO policy and procedures
  • Sally port controls
  • Operation of cell locks
  • Operation of the control panel
  • Facilities
  • Location of inmates
  • Defensive tactics
  • Officer safety technoiques
  • Resistance/Control Continuum
  • Firat aid and CPR
  • Use of retraint devices
  • Search techniques
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Different types of fire extinguishers
  • Inmate control
  • Weapons safety
  • Criminal Justive System
  • Communications radio codes and signals
  • Animal husbandry
  • Animal medications
  • Safety procedures
  • Welding equipment
  • Welding material
  • Automotive mechanics
  • Farm equipment
  • Electrical rep
  • Single and three phase wiring
  • Hand tools
  • Power tools
  • Defensive tactics
  • Court system
  • Courtroom demeanor
  • Office supplies
  • Florida State Tatutes
  • Fingerprinting procedures
  • Filing system
  • Appropriate forms
  • Seed germination
  • Soil
  • Chemicals
  • Operationsof farm equipment
  • Drainage to avoid soil erosion
  • Crop rotation
  • Planting seasons
  • Chemicals and fertilizers
  • References
  • Farm operations
  • Farming periodicals
  • Wholesalers
  • Ground maintenance equipment
  • Operation of food service equipment
  • Government recipes
  • Intoxilyer operations
  • *FDLE rules, and regulations for intoxilyzer
  • Geographical area
  • Case Reporting Manual
  • Classification system 

Ability to

  • Operate fire-fighting equipment
  • Read a clock
  • Inventory keys
  • Read and write English
  • Handle stress
  • Direct evacuation
  • Recognize contraband
  • Operate a calculator
  • Operate a motor vehicle
  • Follow instructions
  • Operate a hand truck
  • Operate office equipment
  • Count accurately
  • Adjust to physical disabilities
  • Adapt tp incoherent inmate
  • Operate photographic equipment
  • Operate farm equipment
  • Perform maintenance
  • Operate tools
  • Read and follow recipes
  • Operate intoxilyzer
  • Establish and control a crime scene
  • Recognize deficiencies
  • Inventory
  • Operate a 16 passenger vehicle 


  • Observation
  • Self-defense
  • Communications
  • Basic mathematical
  • Computer
  • Interpersonal
  • Interviewing
  • Public speaking
  • Time management
  • Telephone
  • Leadership
  • Supervisory
  • Instructing
  • Organizational
  • Counseling
  • Estimating
  • Basic English grammar
  • Record keeping
  • Plumbing
  • Torch
  • Pipe fitting
  • Welding
  • Carpentry
  • Electrical
  • Masonry
  • Intoxilyzer maintenance
  • Investigative
  • Decision-making
  • Weapons proficiency
  • Reading comprehension 

Physical Requirements

  • Sit for long periods
  • Stand for long periods
  • Walk five miles
  • Ambulate independently
  • Bend/squat
  • See at normal range or with accommodation
  • Lift/drag/carry heavy objects up to 150 lbs.
  • Speak English understandably
  • Hear at normal level or with accommodation
  • Sense of smell
  • Manual dexterity
  • Run fast for 50 yards
  • Kneel
  • Climb stairs
  • Stoop
  • Crawl
  • Recognize colors
  • Subdue a resisting/attacking subject



*FDLE:  Florida Department of Law Enforcement


"Essential Functions" may be dependent upon assignment



Equal Employment Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V


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