Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
  • Detention Deputy Trainee

    dtnPic.pngThe Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is actively recruiting for Detention Deputy Trainees. The recruitment period will remain open until further notice.

    NOTE: All candidates will attend the Sheriff's Orientation Training (SOT) and detention academy.

    Major Duties (Not limited to the following):

    • Providing 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.
    • Conducting frequent security checks for evidence of unauthorized activities and infractions of rules, responds to situations, and documents accordingly.
    • Receiving and processes inmates from officers and the courts, maintains inmates' property and directs inmates throughout the intake process.
    • Maintaining security and custody of volatile and violent inmates.
    • Observing conduct and behavior of inmates, responding to and controls emergency situations, and using appropriate levels of force to control combative, volatile, or hostile offenders.
    • Scheduling, supervising and canceling inmate visitations.
    • Supervising the dispensing of food in a timely fashion to inmates, ensuring all health and safety regulations are complied with.
    • Supervising inmates and trustee-inmates work crews.
    • Conducting metal and x-ray detection of individuals and materials before entering facilities, performing necessary searches for weapons and contraband, and completing reports.
    • Inspecting cells, housing areas, locks, windows, grills, doors, gates and perimeters of buildings and grounds for security purposes.
    • Transporting inmates to other facilities as required.
    • Running daily reports as required.
    • Entering information into a database to capture daily activities.
    • Communicating with the public.
    • Operating a master control center as required.
    • Performing other related duties as required.
    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 $17.23 per hour (40 hour work week) and full benefits during this training period. After this training is completed the recruit is sworn in and their salary increases to $44,335.20 per year as a certified detention deputy.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • 21 years of age or older.
    • A United States Citizen.
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Must possess a valid driver's license at the time of application and a valid Florida driver's license at time of appointment.
    • Must possess a certified copy of a Birth Certificate.
    • Must possess a Social Security card.
    • Must complete the prescribed Physical Abilities Assessment (PAA).
    • Provide a copy of military discharge, DD-214 (if applicable).
    • May not have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.
    • Must pass prescribed physical examination.
    • Applicant's vision must meet Florida Drivers License requirements.
    • Cannot have tattoos that are visible to the public while wearing the standard uniform of the day or Class A uniform (long sleeve).
    • Must not have used any illegal drugs within 36 months of making application or after the age of 30.
    • Must be of good moral character.
    • No felony convictions, arrests or other law enforcement interaction involving perjury, false statements, domestic violence or criminal traffic offenses will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
    • Will undergo criminal records check which includes fingerprints.
    • Must be six (6) months tobacco free at the time of application.
    • Must successfully pass an extensive background investigation and polygraph examination.

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