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Sheriff's Correction Officer

Salary: Sheriff's Correction Officer (#6900)

$22.78-$27.81 hourly / $3,962-$4,836 monthly / Range: 5600

Sheriff's Correction Officer Special Duty (#6901)

$23.94-$29.23 hourly / $4,164-$5,084 monthly / Range: 5700

DEFINITION: Under general direction, maintains custody and supervises the work and conduct of inmates in detention facilities; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from Sheriff's Deputy in that incumbents have only limited peace officer power pursuant to Penal Code section 830.1 c, are not deputy coroners, and are not assigned to patrol or bailiff duties. Incumbents receive training in a correction officer academy rather than a basic law enforcement academy. This class is distinguished from Sheriff's Corrections Officer in that the latter is a terminal class; new hires will be made only to the Custody Deputy class. Incumbents will be required to carry a firearm on certain assignments, and to regularly qualify with firearms pursuant to department policy.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Instructs and oversees the work of a group of inmates assigned to maintenance, operational, or other rehabilitative activities; supervises the conduct of inmates during the booking process, in housing and at meals, during recreation and on work assignments; supervises family and professional visits to inmates; inspects credentials and incoming and outgoing mail; inspects living areas of inmates to insure cleanliness, orderliness and compliance to jail regulations; exercises influence for the purpose of modifying anti-social behavior and attitudes of inmates; prevents escapes, injuries and the destruction of property; searches for contraband; may receive and release prisoners; submits reports and prepares correspondence; types reports and letters, and transports prisoners and guards prisoners at hospitals and other off-site locations as directed.


1. Education: Graduation from high school or passing of the G.E.D. test indicating high school graduation level.
2. Age: 18 years or older.
3. Physical Fitness: Good physical condition with the ability to pass a comprehensive medical examination based on County of Santa Barbara medical standards, and the ability to pass a job-related physical agility examination.

Additional requirements:

* U.S. Citizenship or permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
* Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License at time of appointment.
* Within the probationary period, incumbents must successfully complete training in a Correction Officer Academy and any other training deemed necessary by the Sheriff's Department.
* Must meet minimum peace officer standards as specified in California Government Code Sections 1029 and 1031 including but not limited to the following: must have no prior felony convictions (unless fully pardoned), good moral character as determined by thorough background check; must submit fingerprints for purpose of a criminal record check and be found free from any physical, emotional or mental condition which might adversely affect the powers of a peace officer.

Additional information: Some positions in this classification may require possession of a valid California Class B Driver's License. Appointees to those positions requiring a Class B license will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs prior to beginning work; once on the job, incumbents will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs and/or alcohol on a random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up basis.

Ability to: understand and follow laws, policies, rules and regulations; supervise and deal with inmates; work effectively under stress and adapt to changes; learn the use and care of firearms; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; maintain jail safety and security; make decisions with a minimum of supervision; write clear and comprehensive reports; oversee the work of others; type with sufficient speed and accuracy to perform duties as assigned.


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