Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL

Job Details

Detention Deputy Trainee

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The training consists of a two week Sheriff's Orientation Training (S.O.T.), a four month academy and 8 to 10 weeks of module training. The Sheriff's Office will provide all books, materials, and uniforms (excluding footwear). Those selected for hire will receive pay and full benefits during this training period. After this training is completed the recruit is sworn in and their salary increases to the salary of a certified Detention Deputy.

Perform trainee duties maintaining order and physical custody of inmates in a detention facility, courthouse complex, or other areas to provide a safe and secure environment.

Job Salary

$17.66-$24.11 Hourly; $36,732.80-$50,148.80 Yearly ($48,026.16 after completion of training)

Starting Salary

$17.66 Hourly / $36,732.80 Yearly

Schedule

Non-standard hours including nights and weekends.

Job Location

Various locations throughout Hillsborough County.

Job Duties and ResponsibilitiesHCSO Detention Deputies

Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.

• Provide direct and remote supervision of inmates within housing and other areas of a jail, a courthouse complex, or secure perimeter as assigned to maintain a safe and secure environment.
• Conduct frequent security checks for evidence of unauthorized activities and infractions of rules, respond to situations, and document accordingly.
• Receive and process inmates from officers and the courts, maintain inmates’ property, and direct inmates throughout the intake process.
• Maintain security and custody of volatile and violent inmates.
• Observe conduct and behavior of inmates, respond to and control emergency situations, and use appropriate levels of force to control combative, volatile, or hostile offenders.
• Schedule, supervise, and cancel inmate visitations.
• Supervise the dispensing of food in a timely fashion to inmates ensuring all health and safety regulations are complied with.
• Supervise inmates and trusty-inmate work crews.
• Conduct metal and x-ray detection of individuals and materials before entering facilities, perform necessary searches for weapons and contraband, and complete reports.
• Inspect cells, housing areas, locks, windows, grills, doors, gates, and perimeters of buildings and grounds for security purposes.
• Transport inmates to other facilities as required.
• Run daily reports as required.
• Enter information into a database to capture daily activities.
• Communicate with the public, respond to questions, and assist as necessary.
• Operate a master control center as required.
• Perform other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Working knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques of modern inmate care, custody, and control, and related state, federal, and department laws, rules, regulations, standards, and policies governing the operation of detention facilities and courtrooms.
• Working knowledge of local, state, and federal laws governing the criminal justice system.
• Some knowledge of crowd control defense and restraint tactics and communication procedures.
• Some knowledge of behavior patterns, legal rights, discipline protocols, and grievance procedures of inmates.
• Working knowledge of how to search for and recognize contraband and weapons.
• Working knowledge of the operation of Sally port controls, cell locks, and control panels commonly used in a secure facility.
• Working knowledge of first-aid and CPR principles and skill in training others in their application.
• Skill in interviewing and interrogation methods and techniques.
• Ability to train others in all aspects of job duties and responsibilities.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing with diverse populations.
• Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
• Ability to work in a hostile environment of inmates and their visitors without reacting in a negative manner and project a professional image at all times.
• Ability to handle multiple tasks and smoothly and rapidly shift between dissimilar tasks.
• Ability to supervise emergency situations, make effective decisions under stressful situations, and direct the use of physical force necessary to protect oneself and others.
• Ability to detect potentially adverse or unsafe situations and react according to department policy.
• Ability to physically handle and control prisoners resisting detention.
• Ability to review, establish, and maintain accurate records of assigned activities and operations.
• Ability to use a two-way radio.
• Ability to properly use various restraining devices.
• Ability to safely and skillfully operate a motor vehicle.
• Ability to operate a computer and related software.
• Ability to work effectively with others.
• Ability and willingness to use weapons and to properly maintain them.

Minimum Qualification(s)

Note: Applicants must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered minimally qualified for the job.
 
Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
Be 21 years of age or older; and
Be a United States citizen; and
Successful completion of pre-employment testing including the Criminal Justice Basics Ability Test (CJBAT) and the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB); and
Provision of a copy of military discharge, DD-214 (if applicable); and
Have vision that meets Florida Driver’s License requirements; and
Cannot have tattoos that are visible to the public while wearing the standard uniform of the day or Class A uniform (long sleeve); and
Be of good moral character; and
Be six (6) months tobacco free at the time of application; and
At the time of appointment, must live in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, or Manatee County.
OR
Sucessful completion of two semesters of study from an accredited college or university; and
Be 19 years of age or older; and
Be a United States citizen; and
Successful completion of pre-employment testing including the Criminal Justice Basics Ability Test (CJBAT) and the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB); and
Provision of a copy of military discharge, DD-214 (if applicable); and
Have vision that meets Florida Driver’s License requirements; and
Cannot have tattoos that are visible to the public while wearing the standard uniform of the day or Class A uniform (long sleeve); and
Be of good moral character; and
Be six (6) months tobacco free at the time of application; and
At the time of appointment, must live in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, or Manatee County.

Note on the FBAT/CJBAT: Applicants for this recruitment are responsible to identify a certified FBAT/CJBAT testing facility, enroll, and receive a passing score. Applicants are required to provide proof of having passed the FBAT/CJBAT exam within the last four years in order to continue in the selection process. The cost of the FBAT/CJBAT test will be incurred by the applicant.

More information on the FBAT/CJBAT can be located at:
http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/Content/getdoc/f4a02894-bc93-49bd-849a-e4eea4fc76e8/Basic-Abilities-Test-(BAT).aspx

Additional Requirements

• Possession of a valid Florida driver's license at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
• No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
• No illegal drug use within the past 36 months.
• No illegal drug use after 30 years of age.
• No felony convictions.
• No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence.
• Prior military personnel must not have a dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve Forces.
• Successful completion of a criminal background investigation including polygraph examination and criminal history check including fingerprints.

Benefit Information

Benefits include but are not limited to:

• Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
• Florida Retirement System and Deferred Compensation
• Paid time off including sick, vacation, and holiday time
• Employee Assistance Program
• Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
• Employee incentives for educational degrees and bilingual (Spanish) abilities
• Tuition reimbursement
• Paid training

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