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Job Category: Corrections Officer (entry level)
Reference #: 14SHRF515aeb053
Job Title: Sheriff's Detention Deputy
Hiring Organization: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
Salary Range: $36,137.92 - $57,539.04 Annually
Closing Date: 07/16/2014
Job Location: Minnesota
Description: The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is the largest Sheriff's Office in Minnesota with about 750 employees. It is headquartered in downtown Minneapolis with divisions and unit facilities spread throughout the county. Over 1.3 million people live in Hennepin County, which is made up of 46 jurisdictions (45 cities, and one unorganized municipality).

Hennepin County Public Safety Facility staff admit and process about 35,000 people a year, with nearly 700 offenders in the jail at any given time. Inmates of the Hennepin County Jail are pre-trial detainees. Inmates who are sentenced are then sent to the Hennepin County Workhouse (Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation) for sentences under one year in length, or to prison (Minnesota Department of Corrections) for sentences of one year and over.

Detention Deputies maintain security and inmate accountability to prevent disturbances, assaults, and escapes. This includes conducting roll calls, making mandatory health and welfare checks, and providing routine interactions with inmates. Detention Deputies are expected to respond to possible emergency situations, including the need to use physical force and/or provide basic emergency medical care. These positions are not licensed peace officer positions.

This posting will be used to fill full-time, benefit-earning Detention Deputy vacancies over the next 6-9 months. All positions are located in the Public Safety Facility in downtown Minneapolis.

Applications received before June 30 will be reviewed and qualified candidates will be invited to take the written/video examination on July 12, 16, or 17.

The primary duties and responsibilities of this position include:
  • Fingerprint, secure, and release inmates.
  • Conduct property and physical searches and line-ups.
  • Supervise custody of inmates and visitation; staff security control rooms; make regular security checks.
  • Ensure inmate pretrial rights.
  • Arrange court appearances; testify in court; verify disposition of inmates returned from court; transport inmates.
  • Respond to emergency situations; perform emergency first aid.
  • Maintain records on inmates; prepare jail incident reports.
Best Qualified Candidates will be 18 years or older and have:

One or an equivalent combination of any of the following criteria:
  • Two or more years of experience in corrections, law enforcement, public safety, and/or security.
  • Two or more years of active military duty with an honorable discharge.
  • Successful completion of two or more years of college or technical college coursework (a minimum of 60 semester (90 quarter) credit hours with a GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale).
  • Two or more years of other approved work experience including supervisory, teacher/trainer, and/or lead worker roles.
Candidates must successfully pass each of the following exam components:
  • Written/Video Examination
  • Background Investigation
  • Physical Abilities Test
  • Medical Evaluation
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Drug Screening
  • Oral examinations may be administered as part of the testing process
Candidates must also meet the following requirements:
  • Jail security must be provided around the clock, therefore you must be able to work a non-fixed, seniority bid schedule with the possibility of day, evening, and overnight shifts, including weekends and holidays. Staff are allowed to request a specific shift once every six months. These shifts are awarded based on seniority and staffing needs. The current Detention Deputy schedule consists of thirteen defined periods within the year. Each period encompasses two fourteen day pay periods. Each of the 13 periods is known as a 28-day schedule. Staff member can choose, by seniority, eight days off during this 28 day period. Candidates must be cognizant of the fact that less senior staff may not receive their chosen days off but rather be assigned days off if/when the need arises.
  • Be available for off-duty call. This will most likely be an extension of an assigned shift, but may also include being called to duty on a scheduled day off.
  • Be willing to have constant direct inmate contact with the possibility of a physical use of force confrontation.
  • Basic knowledge of computers/computer programs (e.g. Microsoft Office and Outlook or another similar email system.)
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony; must supply background data as required.
  • Have the ability to abide by the Sheriff's Office Personal Appearance Standards Policy. You must read the entire policy and be able and willing to meet the requirements.
  • Pass a comprehensive medical examination prior to appointment to ascertain candidate's ability to perform essential job functions. The general medical requirements include, but are not limited to:
  • Uncorrected vision of at least 20/200 in each eye
  • Corrected vision of at least 20/40 in each eye
  • Must meet normal hearing standards
  • Must not have cardiovascular problems, including hypertension
  • Must pass a color blindness test
  • Must not have any respiratory impairment

These general medical requirements are not intended to be an exhaustive or complete list of medical guidelines used by the authorized examining physician.

Candidates who are offered a Detention Deputy position will be required to successfully pass a comprehensive two month training academy prior to being independently assigned in the jail. The probation period for this position is one year.
Special Instructions: Complete application and upload resume by visiting www.hennepin.jobs
Additional Online Information: www.hennepin.jobs
Contact Information: Hennepin Recruiter
300 South Sixth Street
A400 Government Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota United States
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