Detention Deputy I
Maintains the security of Larimer County Detention Center while preserving order to ensure the safety and welfare of staff, visitors, and inmates.
The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Receives immediate supervision from higher level sworn personnel.
- Exercises direct supervision over inmates housed at the Larimer County Detention Center.Effectively and coherently use Interpersonal Communication skills to communicate with inmates, professional visitors, and the public by providing information and directions, mediating disputes, and advising of rights and processes.
- Serve as supervisor for inmate population. Set clear expectations with inmates, use positive reinforcement techniques with inmates, hold inmates accountable for their behavior, and treat inmates with respect, consideration, fairness, and justice. Manage the inmate population by walking around the housing units and talking to inmates. Plan and supervise unit activities. Serve as role model for inmate population and encourage inmates to take responsibility for themselves.
- Effectively restrain inmates, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints. Subdue resisting inmates by using maneuvers and/or resorting to the use of hands and feet and other approved devices in self defense.
- Physically break up fights and skirmishes.
- Pursue fleeing inmates both within and outside the confines of the detention facility as required.
- Perform rescue operations.
- Use radio, intercom, and telephone communications systems to communicate effectively and coherently with Office personnel and inmates and use other Office communications systems as necessary.
- Demonstrate competent communication skills in court and other formal settings.
- Conduct visual and audio surveillance of inmates for extended periods of time.
- Engage in activities in confined areas. Walk extensively on foot patrol and physically check doors, windows, and other areas to ensure they are secure.
- Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents, including the processing of such documents as medical instructions, commitment orders, summons, and other legal writs and court documents.
- Prepare a variety of reports using appropriate grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Process reports as appropriate (i.e., files, alphabetizes, labels, etc.) Prepare investigative reports using sketches, symbols, and mathematical computations.
- Enter data into computer systems or databases; lookup information in database; create basic word processor documents and enter data into spreadsheets; use email to communicate.
- Perform crisis intervention functions to include inmate counseling, suicide prevention, recognizing abnormal behavior, and implementing appropriate intervention action.
- Exercise independent judgment in determining appropriate classification of inmates and assessing and responding to the needs of special populations.
- Perform searches of people, mail items, and/or objects capable of concealing contraband, buildings, vehicles, and large outdoor areas.
- Process and release inmates, including taking their photographs and obtaining a serviceable set of fingerprint impressions.
- Inspect unclothed inmates and may be exposed to body fluids and wastes and diseased persons.
- Endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of inmates and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment.
- Detect the presence of conditions such as smoke, unusual or excessive noise, odors, etc.
- Put on and operate a self-contained breathing apparatus and extinguish small fires by using a fire extinguisher or other appropriate means.
- Perform rescue functions at accidents, emergencies, and disasters, including administering basic emergency medical aid; lifting, dragging, and carrying people away from dangerous situations; and securing and evacuating people from confined areas.
- Detect and collect evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses or administrative violations.
- Gather information in inmate criminal or administrative investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects, confidential informers, and staff, and exercise independent judgment by determining when probable cause exists to recommend disciplinary action.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
- Principles of supervision and motivation.
- First aid and community cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques.
- Supervise people from diverse groups.
- Think and act quickly in emergencies.
- Assess situations and people.
- Learn, understand, and interpret laws and regulations.
- Learn, demonstrate, and apply various self-defense techniques.
- Work in a tobacco-free environment.
- Work a rotating shift schedule.
- Communicate effectively, both orally, in writing and via various forms of electronic media.
- Use office automation systems, including basic proficiency with computer applications such as e-mail, word processor, spreadsheet, and database lookup and/or entry.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- No experience required.
- Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade, supplemented by specialized training in Administration of Justice, Police Science, Public or Business Administration, or a related field. An Associates degree is preferred.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid Colorado Driver's License.
- Possession of current standard first aid and community CPR certificates.
- Must have acceptable eyesight to perform Detention Deputy duties.
- Must be able to run from dark into light or light into dark.
- Must have appropriate voice skills to be clearly understood on the telephone, radio, and in public contacts.
- Must have acceptable hearing to hear well on the telephone, radio, and in public contacts.
- Must be able to sit, stand, or walk frequently.
- Must be able to walk up and down stairs.
- Must be able to run for short or long distances, change directions quickly while running, and run up and down stairs.
- Must be able to get into and out of chair repeatedly.
- Must be able to stoop, bend, stretch, twist, reach, kneel, crawl, squat, climb, and balance.
- Must be able to lift, carry, drag, or push 100 pounds, both alone and with help.
- Must be able to jump or leap over small obstacles.
- Must be able to push or pull to manually open or shut heavy doors and/or force doors open.
- Must be able to climb ladders or stairs or climb up to and down from higher levels using unconventional methods.
- Must be able to climb through small openings or crawl or maneuver in small confined areas.
- Must be able to work in hazardous or dangerous work areas or situations.
- Must be able to engage in physically strenuous activities to perform Detention Deputy duties, including using physical techniques to control persons; push or shove person to defend self; wrestle people to the ground or on the ground; break up fights between people; operate extinguishers or other fire equipment; etc.
- Must have fine and gross motor skills; hand dexterity; use of fingers, hands, and arms; good grip strength to perform Detention Deputy duties, operate equipment, etc.
- May be subjected to caustic, flammable, or other hazardous materials.
- Must be capable of working under stressful situations.
- Must have quick reactions.
- Must be capable of going from stationary to exertion in an instant.
- Must have cognitive skills and awareness of work accuracy.
- Must have ability to concentrate on more than one task at a time and to make independent decisions.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain first aid and community CPR certifications.