City of Garland, TX

Detention Officer

Location US
Posted Date 2 months ago(9/21/2021 11:54 AM)
Job ID
# of Openings Remaining
Police Department
USD $16.50/Hr.
USD $20.50/Hr.
Regular Full-Time

Position Summary

Responsible for detaining and processing people who are arrested in the City of Garland and to humanely treat and protect the constitutional rights of the inmates during their time of confinement.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Process, detain and release arrested persons including juveniles, as well as maintain the welfare and security of the prisoners and staff.
  2. Prepare and serve meals to prisoners, provide personal health care items and dispense medications as needed and appropriate.
  3. Monitor the security of the Detention Center including the security cameras, unlocked doors and gates inside and outside.
  4. Process and collect payments for bonds, fines and etc.
  5. Prepare the arraignment packets for the judge.

Minimum Education & Work Experience

 High School diploma or G.E.D. equivalent
 No experience required
Or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

Must be able to satisfactorily complete background investigation, polygraph; psychological evaluations; interviews; drug screening, and demonstrated knowledge of a computer keyboard. Ability to type 15 wpm.

Preferred Knowledge - Abilities & Skills

Education/ Experience:     

  • Up to 1 year experience as a detention officer or jailer in a government jail

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:           

  • Basic knowledge of constitutional rights of prisoners
  • Basic knowledge of law enforcement detainment policies and practices
  • Basic knowledge of reporting management systems
  • Basic skill transcribing, recording and confirming data
  • Basic skill operating photographic and video recording equipment
  • Basic skill operating a computer and basic office equipment
  • Ability to subdue combative persons who may be under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substances
  • Ability to remain calm under extremely violent or stressful interpersonal situations
  • Ability to conduct a body search of someone of the same sex
  • Ability to administer first aid or CPR

Licenses & Certifications

 Valid Class C Texas driver's license
 First Aid/CPR Certification or the ability to obtain within 6 months of hire

Physical Tasks & Working Conditions

Frequent exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and hazards. The incumbent works in a climate-controlled jail facility that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Work requires walking, bending, stooping, lifting and the use of physical force to restrain combative persons. The incumbent is exposed to diseases transmitted by humans through biting, physical roughness and confrontational individuals. The position often requires shift work, up to and exceeding 12 hours per day.


Decision Making/Judgment
Managing Conflict
Work Environment/Safety


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