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Sheriff's Correction Sergeant

Salary: $27.81-$33.95 hourly / $4,836-$5,904 monthly / Range: 6000

DEFINITION: Under general direction, supervises the intake and release, transportation, custody, and care of inmates and wards assigned to a County correction activity, program, or facility; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from Sheriff's Sergeant 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. This is a first-line supervisory class with responsibility for the day-to-day operations of a corrections program or a team of Custody/Correctional Officers and support staff involved in corrections detention activities. This class is distinguished from Custody/Corrections Sergeant in that the latter is a terminal class. Incumbents will be required to carry a firearm on certain assignments, and to regularly qualify with firearms pursuant to department policy.


1. In consultation with management, supervises staff and the maintenance of order and discipline in all inmate and jail operations; directs and influences inmates in order to obtain cooperative behavior and maintain order; may subdue violent inmates.
2. Schedules and supervises the intake, release and transportation of inmates, inmate visitations, the issuing of materials to inmates and the receipt, security, safe return, and recording of inmate property to insure that actions taken by staff comply with policies.
3. Supervises scheduled and unscheduled searches of inmates, other persons who enter the jail facility, and inmate living quarters, inmate roll calls, and security checks; may supervise classification of inmates.
4. Plans and coordinates staffing requirements and schedules tour of duty assignments; supervises staff and may provide on-the-job training.
5. Prepares and reviews reports; maintains records of staff, jail operations, inmate status and other activities.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Graduation from high school or passing of the G.E.D. test indicating high school graduation level, and:

1. Three years of experience in law enforcement, including at least one year in corrections with federal, state, or local law enforcement agencies; or,
2. three years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Sheriff Correctional/Custody Officer with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

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.
* Successful completion of a jail operations course certified by the California Standards and Training for Corrections.
* 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.

Knowledge of: minimum jail standards (Title 15) of the California Code of Regulations, jail operations and related laws, ordinances, regulations, and procedures; departmental procedures and regulations; English grammar and punctuation.

Ability to: read, interpret, and follow laws and written instructions governing the custody of inmates; identify behavior patterns of inmates which may indicate problems and take appropriate actions; respond quickly and calmly to emergency situations and take logical actions within the guidelines of rules, regulations, minimum jail standards, and department policies in order to resolve the emergency; command respect and cooperation of inmates; supervise and evaluate staff and identify and resolve staff problems; plan and organize work and schedule staff assignments; write and review reports; keep accurate records and documentation of activities; maintain cooperative working relationships with coworkers, subordinates, supervisors, and the general public.

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