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Detention Officer

201 North Shartel Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, USA

Job Type

Full Time



About the Role

Job Description:
The position of Detention Officer is an entry-level position of the Oklahoma County Detention Center. A Detention Officer assists in the around-the-clock operation of the Oklahoma County Detention Center in accordance with the established procedures and requirements outlined in federal/state laws, the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority, and the Oklahoma Department of Health regulations and guidelines. Detention Center officers must complete authorized jail training programs to perform their duties. The training program is designed to ensure proper monitoring and provide effective instruction throughout the new recruit’s training in accordance with federal and state laws. Officers are trained in many other areas pertaining to their work environment, safety and security, and job-related duties. Officers receive training in handcuffing, chemical weapons, and defensive tactics.
Detention Officers are under the direct supervision of the shift commanders. Detention staff must have the flexibility to respond to crisis situations and make a split-second decision; possess the physical ability to restrain or assist in the restraint of hostile residents; possess computer knowledge sufficient to operate the detention center’s computer systems; possess administrative proficiency to ensure proper accountability of residents property, funds, and the care taking of the population. Detention Officers must comply with all policies and procedures set forth by the CEO.

Detention Officer Job Responsibilities:
Duty examples are but not limited to:
• Maintain constant supervision and control of residents within the detention facility.
• Conduct regular security checks, monitor surveillance systems, and ensure the secure confinement of residents.
• Perform thorough searches of residents, cells, and common areas to prevent the possession of or access to unauthorized items or contraband.
• Enforce facility rules and regulations, addressing rule violations and taking appropriate disciplinary actions.
• Respond promptly and effectively to emergencies, including medical situations, disturbances, and fire incidents.
• Administer first aid when necessary and assist in emergency response procedures.
• Document daily activities, incidents, and observations in clear and accurate reports.
• Maintain effective communication with fellow team members, supervisors, the public, and residents.
• Handle crisis situations and disturbances, employing de-escalation techniques to maintain order.
• Interact with residents in a professional and respectful manner, addressing concerns and providing information with the scope of policies.
• Actively participate in ongoing training programs to enhance skills and stay current with policies and procedures.
• Work collaboratively with other detention officers, law enforcement agencies, and support staff.
• Oversee resident activities, ensuring compliance with established guidelines and facilitating rehabilitative programs.
• Safely deliver meals, clothing, mail, and other approved items to residents, following established protocols.
• Contribute to the safe and orderly detention environment, promoting a culture of respect and accountability.
• Ability to work effectively in a loud environment, demonstrating resilience and focus amid distracting and noisy conditions.
• Availability to work on shifts days, nights, weekends, holidays, or other special shifts.
• Ability to stand or sit for extended periods, lift, squat, bend, and climb stairs.


  • Minimum Qualifications Required

    • Must be 18 years of age

    • A high school diploma or equivalent

    • Must have a valid driver’s license

    • Complete/pass a background check and drug screening

    • Complete 5 week detention academy training (academics and physical training i.e. defensive tactics, OC spray, etc.)

    • No felony conviction

    • Ability to work in a loud and sometimes chaotic environment

    • Available to work days, nights, weekends, holidays, or other special shifts

    • Stand or sit for extended periods

    Lift, squat, bend, and climb stairs

About the Company

Now hiring full-time Detention Officers for the Oklahoma County Detention Center. Compensation package includes salary, benefits, and training.
A supportive environment where employee growth is promoted.
Being part of a team of hardworking supportive correctional professionals.
Job details
$39,886.44 - $45,521.28 annually
Promotional opportunities are available at 90 days and 1 year of service
Incentive Pay:
• All staff will get up to $500.00 quarterly bonus based off performance.
• Signing bonus - $2500, 50% payable in 1 year, 50% payable at 2 years.
• Longevity - $300 each year of service at anniversary up to $1500 (5 years)
• Meal Employee Program
All staff will get up to $500.00 quarterly bonusesRecruitment bonus - $2500, 50% payable at 1 year, 50% payable at 2 year - not contingent on good performance and attendance. Retroactive to January 1, 2024. For new employee only - not a referral bonus.

Longevity - $300 each year of service at anniversary up to $1500 (5 years of service) - not contingent on performance (if they're a problem, it's on us for retaining them)

Meal Employee Program.

Job type
Shift and schedule
The position involves working a 12-hour shift pattern with the following rotation: 2 days on, 2 days off, 3 days on, 2 days off, 2 day on, and 3 days off. This schedule provides a balanced work-life structure for employees with 14 shifts every 4 weeks.
Specialty schedules are 5 days per week with varying days off as shift work.
Facility operates 7 day per week / 365 days per year.
• Night shift / 6 pm to 6 am.
• Day shift / 6 am to 6 pm
• Overtime available!

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