Correctional Officer

Correctional Officer
Lexington County Sheriff's Office - Detention Center (SC) - Lexington, South Carolina

Aug 6, 2020

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Application Deadline:
Dec 31, 2020

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$36,891 - $39,842 annual

Job Description



All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for employment. Additional requirements for the positions of Deputy and Correctional Officer are outlined separately below:

Minimum Requirements for all Positions

· Must have a High School diploma or GED.

· Must have a clear criminal history.

· Must be a United States citizen.

· Driving record must not show a disregard for the law.

· Credit history must show sound financial management with the ability to keep accounts paid up-to-date.

· Results of all pre-employment tests and interviews must meet standards.

· Past employment record must be satisfactory.

· Must pass a drug test.

· Medical examination results must show that you are capable of performing all of the essential functions of the job for which you are applying, with reasonable accommodation.

PRE-EMPLOYMENT SELECTION PROCESS The Sheriff’s Department’s pre-employment selection process consists of the following elements:

Driving record review Criminal record review Credit history review Psychological screening Initial interview Polygraph examination Background investigation Pre-employment physical examination and completion of a health history questionnaire Pre-employment drug test Any other requirement determined necessary by the Sheriff’s Department

This process generally takes eight to ten weeks or longer to complete.

Qualified applicants and employees are treated without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, or disability.

For more information about employment opportunities with the Lexington County Sheriff's Department, contact our recruiter Sergeant Dan Rusinyak at 803-785-JOIN(5646)

Job Purpose

Provides for the safety of staff and inmates and the security of the detention facility; supervises inmate activities, and performs related corrections work as assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

♦ Maintains the security and safety of the County’s detention facility, inmates and staff through implementation of established policies and procedures. ♦ Monitors jail access and egress. ♦ Monitors security cameras, alarm systems, automated locking systems and other specialized security equipment. ♦ Patrols facility to ensure security; inspects locking and security devices and doors for proper working condition. ♦ Processes and books inmates; searches, photographs and fingerprints inmates; secures inmates’ property and issues clothing and supplies; establishes inmate records and accounts; completes medical screenings; receives and processes inmates for weekend sentences; escorts inmates to proper housing locations. ♦ Performs initial classification of all new arrivals; conducts NCIC background checks on new inmates. ♦ Supervises meals, visitation, recreation and exercise, telephone privileges, counseling, court visits, movement within the facility, and medical attention; conducts head counts regularly. ♦ Maintains key and tool control. ♦ Supervises inmate workers. ♦ Ensures that inmates are provided with appropriate sanitary conditions, clothing and supplies; administers First Aid and/or CPR as required. ♦ Routinely searches inmates, cells, kitchen and other inmate-accessible areas for contraband and other safety and security hazards. ♦ Observes and maintains orderly conduct among inmate population; subdues unruly or violent individuals; responds to emergency situations on jail property; investigates incidents, crimes, disputes, abuse of drugs, etc., among inmates.

Job Specifications and Qualifications

Knowledge: ♦ Methods, organization, and operation of a County detention facility; ♦ Structure, functions, and inter-relationships of state and local law enforcement agencies and detention facilities; ♦ Enforcement procedures; ♦ Methods of detention and incarceration; ♦ Firearms, restraining devices, automotive, radio, and other law enforcement and security equipment; ♦ State and federal law, departmental and county policies, and state and federal standards pertaining to corrections.

Skills: ♦ Comprehending, interpreting, and applying regulations, laws, and detention methods and techniques; ♦ Written and verbal communication via in-person, phone, and email contact; ♦ Utilizing taser equipment and restraining devices; ♦ Reacting calmly in emergency and stressful situations.

Education/Experience: ♦ High School diploma or equivalent, with no experience required.

Licensing and Certifications: ♦ Class II Basic Jail Certification from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy; ♦ Valid South Carolina Driver's License; ♦ CPR and First Aid certifications.

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:

♦ Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly having to move objects. ♦ Positions in this class typically require fingering, talking, hearing, seeing, grasping, standing, walking, repetitive motions, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, climbing, balancing, pushing, pulling, and lifting. ♦ Positions in this class may be exposed to moving mechanical parts, odors, dusts, poor ventilation, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, intense noises, gases, workspace restrictions, and vibrations.

Application Process:

All applicants must complete a Lexington County Sheriff's Department application. Applications can be obtained at the front lobby of the Sheriff's Department located at 521 Gibson Road, Lexington, South Carolina; at the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (SC Works) office located at 671 Main Street, West Columbia, SC 29170; or visiting our website at (online application available)

Please complete the application accurately and completely, especially concerning past employers and reference information (giving FULL addresses, telephone numbers, etc.). Questionnaires may be mailed to any references, current and past employers you indicate in your application, therefore, correct mailing addresses are critical. The Department accepts applications on a continual basis. Completed applications can be turned in at the front desk of the Sheriff's Department, which is open 24 hours a day, or to the above listed SC Works location, from 8:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Completed applications may also be mailed to the Department at the following address:

Lexington County Sheriff's Department Attn: Human Resources Division PO Box 639 Lexington, SC 29072

The following documents are required in order for your application to be processed:

· Copy of Birth Certificate

· Copy of Social Security Card

· Copy of High School Diploma or GED

· Copy of a valid S.C. Driver’s License

· Certified ten-year driving record (You must provide a copy of your driving record from every state you have been licensed to drive within the past ten years.)

· Credit report (This can be obtained from companies such as Equifax, Experian, etc. These are listed in the yellow pages of the phone directory under “Credit Reporting Agencies” and also at the bottom of this page.)

· Copy of form DD-214 (if a Veteran)

· Copies of other documents which may be applicable to employment (i.e. Certifications, training documents, diplomas, etc.)

You will be contacted within several weeks of the submission of your application. If your application is satisfactory, you will be given a date and time to attend applicant testing. Following testing, applicants are placed in an applicant pool along with others who have successfully completed the applicant process to that point. The most qualified applicants are then chosen to continue in the process. If rejected, an applicant may reapply one year after being turned down for employment. Major Credit Reporting Agencies Equifax ( or 1-800-685-1111) Experian ( or 1-888-397-3742) TransUnion ( or 1-800-888-4213)

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21
  • Education: H.S Diploma
  • Experience: None required

Contact Informaton

Dan Rusinyak

Lexington County Sheriff's Office - Detention Center (SC)
521 Gibson Rd.
Lexington, South Carolina 29041
phone: 8039042124

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