Detention Officer - City of Allen, TX

Title: Detention Officer
Type: Other Public Safety
Date Posted: January 9, 2023
Organization: City of Allen, TX
Website: Click here for more information or to apply


HIRING RANGE:  $1,502.22 - $1,840.29 Biweekly
FULL SALARY RANGE:   $1,502.22  - $2,178.34 Biweekly 


The City:
With over 100,000 residents, the City of Allen is a dynamic and welcoming community. The City of Allen's strong economy, diverse population, great educational institutions and quality of life makes it the ideal place to work, live, and play. The City of Allen has something to offer for everyone.
The City's Mission, is "To achieve excellence in managing development of the community and in providing city services so that conditions of living and public confidence are continually enhanced".
Our employees serve the citizens of Allen with the following values:

  • People First – Giving priority to others
  • Respect – Treating others with courtesy and dignity
  • Integrity – Serving with honesty, trust and hard work
  • Deliver – Following through on commitments while exceeding expectations
  • Excel – Creating an innovative and improving work environment

The purpose of this position is to protect and serve the property and citizens of the City. This is accomplished by maintaining the operation of the City detention facility. Other duties may include booking and releasing inmates, maintaining prisoner care, distributing property and supplies, providing custodial services, restraining violent inmates, operating detention facility equipment and interfacing with other City employees and citizens. This position does not provide direction to other employees.


Essential Functions:

This information is intended to be descriptive of the key responsibilities of the position. The following examples do not identify all duties performed by any single incumbent. 

  • Performs booking intake and release procedures of inmates by ascertaining charges from arresting officer, inputting information in computer system, accepting payment for jail fees and completing required paperwork and forms for inmate release from detention facility.
  • Maintains prisoner care in detention facility by making hourly jail checks, physically checking each cell and prisoner for contraband, monitoring inmate status and documenting findings.
  • Distributes property and supplies to inmates by handing out inmate clothing, mattresses and blankets, dispensing medication and serving three meals per day to inmates.
  • Provides custodial services by maintaining sanitary condition of detention facility and cleaning discarded blankets and clothing. Discards bio-hazardous waste.
  • Responds to violent inmates by applying knowledge of the Allen Police Department’s Force Continuum, preventing incident escalation by applying non-physical, or physical, force to prisoner resistance as appropriate.
  • Operates detention facility equipment by using office equipment, providing fingerprinting and photographic services for new inmates and serving in other areas regarding the detention facility as required. Must interact with and maintain a good working relationship with other agencies.


 Job Requirements:

Education & Experience
 Work requires broad knowledge in a general professional or technical field. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be: 

  • High School diploma or equivalent with no prior relevant experience

Other combinations of education and experience may be considered

Certification and Other Requirements  

  • Valid Texas Class C Drivers License

  • All qualified applicants will receive an email with further instructions including a Personal History Statement and Preliminary Questionnaire. 


Special Requirements

  • Must be able to pass required pre-employment screenings, CJIS and fingerprint check, and have the ability to comply with state and federal requirements for Criminal Justice Information Security standards.

Overall Physical Strength Demands: 

  • Medium - Exerting 20-50 lbs. occasionally, 10-25 lbs. frequently, or up to 10 lbs. constantly.

Job Post Expiration Date March 31, 2023

  All jobs are considered open until filled, unless otherwise posted.