The fundamental reason this classification exists is to supervise corrections officers engaged in the security and control of inmates in the Montgomery County Detention Facility. As first line supervisors, sergeants may be required on occasion to perform tasks typically performed by officers or performed by lieutenants. Sergeants spend the majority of their time performing the following work responsibilities: ensuring the safety of staff and inmates, supervising officers, processing inmates for release, and operating the central control booth. In addition, sergeants will also perform the following essential functions to a lesser degree: supervising inmate actions and movement, booking inmates, performing intake duties, and performing administrative duties. Work is performed under the supervision of a Corrections Officer Lieutenant. The work of a sergeant differs from that of a corporal in that a sergeant has supervisory authority, and the work of a sergeant differs from that of a lieutenant in that a lieutenant has responsibility for an entire shift. Work involves regular exposure to unpredictable conditions which may arise in a correctional institution.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Works within secured facility with inmates of various classifications (i.e., minimum security to maximum security). May be required to physically restrain or subdue inmates. May be required to inspect perimeter and facility which involves moving from floor to floor using elevators and/or stairs, entering control booths via staircase, etc. Required to work twelve hour shifts.
All sergeants are trained in and must be certified in the use of the following: chemical irritants, tasers, Strategic Self-defense & Grappling Tactics (SSGT), CPR, and first aid. Some sergeants may be asked to be certified in breath alcohol or Drager testing, and NCIC. Sergeants are also required to maintain a driver’s license for transporting inmates when needed. Sergeants are assigned to work on one of four squads. Each squad works either a 12-hour day shift or night shift.