Detention Officer - City of Richardson, TX

Title: Detention Officer
Type: Other Public Safety
Date Posted: November 19, 2020
Organization: City of Richardson, TX
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Under direct supervision, performs all duties necessary for the successful operation of the Detention
Division. Must be available to work any shift, holidays and/or weekend days/nights as required for
scheduling by supervision. In situations where there is a personnel shortage, must be able to competently
work alone. Perform other related duties as required.
• Perform book-in and release of prisoners; prepare bonds and fine receipts.
• Visually, and through the use of remote video surveillance equipment, perform cell checks to monitor
prisoner status and behavior.
• Fingerprint, photograph, handcuff and physically search prisoners.
• Facilitate prisoner visitations with relatives and legal counsel.
• Dispense medication as prescribed.
• Order prisoner food; prepare and serve meals to prisoners.
• Lock cell doors, take physical action to prevent escapes and/or assaults, subdue combative/violent
• Escort prisoners from one area to another, including out-of-building escorts as required.
• Issue prisoner towels and personal hygiene articles; stock office supplies; inventory Divisional
equipment and supplies.
• Clean Detention facilities.
• Assist in preparing appropriate documentation to ensure the timely transfer of prisoners.
• Collect, accurately count money and make change.
• Answer and place telephone calls related to prisoner status and transfer requests.
• Proficiently operate all equipment in the Detention facility, including typewriter, video and audio
equipment, computer terminal, multi-line telephone, photography equipment, fingerprint equipment,
cell door locks, personal alarms, two-way radio, emergency breathing apparatus, food preparation
equipment, calculator, laundry equipment and other related equipment as required.
• Attend/testify in all criminal and civil courts when summoned.
• Attend training schools/seminars and other City related events, which may require travel
(occasionally overnight).
• Climb, kneel, bend, crawl and/or stoop to perform physical searches of the Detention facility.
• Stand for extended periods of time in a confined space to process prisoners.
• Remove supplies from overhead storage cabinets.
• Drag and/or carry prisoner or employee with minimum weight of 168 pounds a minimum of 20 yards,
in the event of injury or fire.
• Communicate courteously, effectively, and clearly, in English, verbally and in writing, with other city
employees, officials, and the public.
• Perform basic mathematical functions.
• Maintain various paper and computer files.
• Accurately read and record information.
• Assist in training new employees and in completing written performance evaluations; assist in budget

• Assist the public and Departmental personnel with requests by telephone, in written communications,
and in person, at a service window.
• Must not pose a threat to the health or safety of self or others.
• Drive City vehicle to conduct City business.
High school diploma or G.E.D. required. Valid Texas Driver's License, Class C or above, required.
Must have two years recent work experience. Must be able to pass: a background check on previous
employment; motor vehicle record check; pre-employment examinations including written and oral
exams; physical agility test; drug screening; polygraph examination; and post-offer physical and
psychological medical examinations. Must be able to make correct decisions in stressful situations; have
the ability to think clearly and act effectively in emergency situations; must possess good interpersonal
skills, written communication skills, reading comprehension skills and ability to memorize and
understand oral/written information and ability to perform basic numerical calculations.

Job Post Expiration Date January 31, 2024

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