Placer County

Correctional Officer - I (#16330)

$24.95-$31.16 Hourly / $4,324.67-$5,401.07 Monthly / $51,896.00-$64,812.80 Yearly

Correctional Officer - II (#16331)

$27.51-$34.35 Hourly / $4,768.40-$5,954.00 Monthly / $57,220.80-$71,448.00 Yearly


DEFINITION

Under general supervision, maintain security and ensure inmate welfare in a County jail; oversee jail activities and facilities during an assigned shift; perform related work as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Correctional Officer I   
This is the entry level class in the Correctional Officer series.  This class is distinguished from the journey by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series.  Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgment on matters allocated to the journey level.  Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.  Employees work under immediate supervision while learning job tasks.

Correctional Officer II
This is the full journey level class within the Correctional Officer series.  This class is distinguished from the Correctional Officer I by the assignment of the full range of duties.  Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit.  Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry level.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Correctional Officer I
Receives immediate supervision from assigned Sergeant.

Correctional Officer II
Receives general supervision from assigned Sergeant.

May exercise technical supervision over Correctional Officer I.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Maintain centralized jail security and ensure inmate welfare in accordance with laws, regulations and institutional philosophy.
  • Obtain necessary information and book prisoners, complete necessary forms, take photographs and fingerprints and perform other processing activities such as preparing reports and maintaining files.
  • Search, examine, instruct and log inmates; inventory and secure property and valuables.
  • Interview inmates; classify them and assign them to the appropriate detention area and activities.
  • Supervise and monitor inmates and inmate trustees assisting with housekeeping, meal preparation and distribution, laundry and similar activities.
  • Supervise inmate exercise, recreation, visiting and similar privileges.
  • Assist medical staff in the distribution of medications; screen and refer requests for medical attention; administer emergency first aid as required.
  • Escort inmates within the jail areas; provide security for medical staff as required.
  • Inspect facilities and report the need for maintenance or unusual situations; request and/or issue clothing and supplies.
  • Prepare reports and other written materials; maintain accurate records, log and file.
  • Testify in court as subpoenaed.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Correctional Officer I

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: No direct experience is required.  Experience involving either the control and custody of incarcerated individuals or in a law enforcement support setting are desirable.

Training: Completion of twelfth grade or G.E.D., College level coursework in law enforcement or a related field is preferred.

License or Certificate:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid driver's license.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
  • Must complete both the Corrections Standards Authority Corrections Officer core course (or Correctional Officer Basic Academy supplemental core course for those who have completed the POST Basic Academy) and the course work required by California State Penal Code Section 832 within one year of employment.

Correctional Officer II

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:
Two years of experience in jail operation and inmate supervision at a level equivalent to the County's class of Correctional Officer I. 


Training:
Completion of twelfth grade, or G.E.D, supplemented by college level coursework in law enforcement or a related field.

License or Certificate:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain a valid driver's license.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
  • Must have completed entry level core training as required by Title 15 of the Corrections Standards Authority and the course work required by State Penal Code Section 832.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Correctional Officer I

Knowledge of:

  • Techniques for dealing with individuals from various socio-economic backgrounds in hostile and/or confrontational situations.
  • Basic first aid practices and procedures.
  • Basic computer operations.
  • Basic office administrative practices, including filing.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of a Correctional Officer's duties; intermittently remember accounts given by witnesses; identify potential situations of potential altercation; interpret and apply operational procedures; observe inmates; and explain rules to inmates.
  • On an intermittent basis, sit at desk; on a continuous basis, walk or stand during shift; bend, squat and kneel during booking process; climb stairs while observing inmates; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation.  Continuously wear utility belt and other equipment of 30 pounds; and intermittently lift very heavy weight.
  • Maintain facility security and inmate welfare in varied circumstances.
  • Oversee and direct the work of inmates in structured situations.
  • Prepare clear and accurate reports and other written materials.
  • Maintain accurate records, logs and files.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
  • Meet physical and psychological standards and pass a detailed background investigation.
  • Work evening, night, weekend and holiday shifts.
  • Be sensitive to various cultural and ethnic groups present in the detention facility.

Correctional Officer II

In addition to the minimum qualifications for the Correctional Officer I:

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and terminology related to the operation of a correctional facility and the supervision of inmates.
  • Laws, codes and regulations governing inmate detention, release and the legal rights of inmates.
  • Rules of evidence pertaining to search and seizure and the preservation of evidence.
  • Offensive and defensive weapons and nomenclature and theory; use and care of firearms, chemical agents, baton and other related enforcement paraphernalia.
  • Principles and practices of self-defense.
  • Computer operations and software related to the work.

Ability to:

  • Interpret, apply and explain applicable laws, codes, rules and regulations.
  • Respond calmly, quickly and decisively to emergency or stressful situations.
  • Demonstrate keen powers of observation and memory; observe accurately and remember faces, numbers, incidents and places.
  • Prepare clear and accurate reports and other written materials.
  • Maintain accurate records, logs and files.

CLASS: 16330; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 9/13/2010;
CLASS: 16331; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 9/13/2010;