Detention Officer

Correctional Officer
Polk County Sheriff's Office - Des Moines, Iowa

Aug 14, 2020

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Application Deadline:
Oct 19, 2020

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$46,270.00 annual
Top Pay:
$$67,495.00 annual

Job Description


Under general supervision ensures the protection, welfare, safety, custody, and control of inmates incarcerated in the Polk County Jail.


  1. Maintains control and internal security of the Polk County Jail through active and continuous interaction with the inmates in the housing units, and through visual monitoring from the restricted access control rooms.

  2. Provides for the inmate’s basic needs, physical safety, well-being, sanitary conditions, and ensures that pre-trial rights are adhered to.

  3. Effectively applies positive or negative reinforcement for inmates who violate the Polk County Jail inmate rules and regulations.

  4. Responds in a calm, confident, and organized manner to emergency situations arising from fire, egress alarms, duress alarms, altercations, or medical emergencies.

  5. Identifies serious or life-threatening medical conditions, makes the appropriate notifications and administers basic first aid and/or life-saving aid.

  6. Selects, completes, internally disseminates, and maintains records for a variety of Polk County Jail manual and computer-generated reports.

  7. Performs a variety of duties such as housing unit officer, control room, exercise, visitation, intake and discharge, classification, jail review, disciplinary hearing officer, fingerprinting, or any other related duties as may be required.

  8. Performs searches of inmates and inmate areas on a regular basis and on unannounced irregular intervals.


• Knowledge and ability to use proper grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure in handwritten and computer-generated Polk County Jail reports.

• Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.

• Ability to accurately document incidents containing clear, concise, and complete information in chronological order.

• Ability to remain calm, contain, and control inmates during stressful situations.

• Ability to quickly recognize behavior problems or security issues and take immediate action to intervene.

• Ability to firmly and fairly enforce rules and regulations.

• Ability to follow standard operating procedures.

• Ability to analyze data and reach logical conclusions.

• Ability to meet the physical and psychological standards set forth by the County Sheriff and Jail Administration.

• Ability to successfully complete training requirements as defined by the Sheriff's Office general orders, the Iowa Administrative Code.

• Ability to utilize the jail computer system to enter data and produce reports.

• Ability to participate in physical restraint of hostile, aggressive, combative prisoners.

• Ability to successfully complete a CPR course.

• Ability to frequently walk up/downstairs, crouch, kneel, stoop, bend, reach, and crawl.

• Ability to complete the physical testing component of the hiring process which includes a quarter-mile sprint, 50-foot dummy drag (150 lbs.), and lifting a hanging dummy that weighs 165 lbs . and hold for 15 seconds.

• Ability to obtain/maintain valid driver 's license issued by the State of Iowa.


• Must be a citizen of the United States.

• Must be 18 years of age.

• Must be of good moral character.

• Must not have been convicted of a serious crime.

• Must be able to meet any additional criteria established by state and federal law which would allow the applicant to be certified to the IOWA (Iowa On-Line Warrants and Articles) system and the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) system.

• A criminal background check will be required.

• A polygraph exam will be administered prior to the pre-employment offer.

• Candidate must pass a post-employment offer physical examination.

• A drug screen may be required prior to a final offer of employment.

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Job Requirements

  • Age: 18+
  • Education: GED or High School Diploma
  • Experience: See above

Contact Informaton


Polk County Sheriff's Office
110 - 6TH AVE.
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
phone: 515-286-3342

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