Detention Officer

Correctional Officer
York County Sheriff's Department - York, South Carolina

Jan 25, 2023

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Application Deadline:
Dec 31, 2023

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$42,500.00 annual
Academy Graduate:
$Will attend the academy within the first year of employment annual
Lateral Transfer:
$increase salary for years of experience annual
Top Pay:
$increases for years of experience and higher education annual

Job Description


DEPARTMENT: Detention Center


The purpose of this position is to perform various security procedures and activities on assigned shift, ensuring that security is maintained at all times for the protection of staff, inmates and the general public; to prepare and submit records and reports as required, and to perform related corrections work as required. Works according to some procedures but decides how or when to do things; work is reviewed regularly by supervisor.

Additional Information



The tasks listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class. Management may assign additional tasks related to the type of work of the class as necessary.

Maintains a high level of security and safety awareness at all times, ensuring the safety and security of inmates, staff and the general public through the proper enforcement of administrative and operational policies and procedures.

Performs a variety of security duties associated with post assignment, which may include booking inmates, overseeing initial showering and issuing supplies, escorting inmates / assisting with inmate movement within the facility, controlling and accounting for inmates’ property, patrolling assigned areas, etc.

Observes and interacts with inmates to detect security problems; maintains order and discipline among inmates; assists in coordinating daily activities and programs involving inmates and visitors.

Supervises inmate meals, visitation, recreation and exercise, educational activities, telephone privileges, counseling, court visits, and medical attention; issues clean clothing and personal hygiene items; administers medications to inmates as prescribed.

Maintains accurate inmate head counts and monitors location of inmates at all times

Performs general clerical work as required, including attending meetings, entering and retrieving computer data, copying and filing documents, answering the telephone, maintaining lists and logs, etc

Performs general housekeeping duties.

Attends training, meetings, seminars, etc., as necessary to enhance job knowledge and skills.

Performs facility and cell inspections; determines security status.


May serve on the emergency response team. Prepares and submits various records, reports and forms as required. Performs duties of other officers as necessary. Operates a vehicle, firearms, restraining devices, security equipment and alarm systems; operates a computer and basic office equipment; exercises care and safety in the use and maintenance of all equipment. Keeps all officers and supervisors informed of daily incidents and activities. Monitors security cameras. Provides the transportation of inmates to court, medical facilities and other locations as necessary. Participates in the management of and provides leadership to inmates in emergencies or other life/safety-threatening situations. Receives, reviews and responds to inquiries, complaints and requests for assistance in areas of responsibility. Accurately check blood sugar levels of diabetic inmates then distributing insulin to those inmates as needed.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21 (will consider 18-20)
  • Education: GED or High School Diploma
  • Experience: no experience needed

Contact Information

Crystal Blauser

York County Sheriff's Department
1675-2A York Highway
York, South Carolina 29745
phone: 803-818-6443

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