Detentions Deputy I
Kings County
 Hanford, CA


The County is seeking responsible, level-headed, stable individuals interested in a career in corrections supervising inmates in the Kings County jail. Anticipated vacancies exist and training will be provided! Must be able to work in a hostile environment and maintain sound judgment and a tolerant attitude. Must be willing and able to work shifts, holidays and weekends.

Those applicants that have completed a minimum 176-hour state-mandated STC Certified Adult Corrections Officer Core training program [or 56-hour STC approved adult supplemental Core with valid POST Basic Certificate (Police Academy)] prior to appointment may be considered for placement at the Detentions Deputy I-STC level.


The Detentions Deputy classification series is utilized in the detention facilities of the Sheriff's Office. Detentions Deputy I is the entry level, trainee class in the series. Incumbents work initially under close supervision, learning the rules, regulations, practices and procedures related to the day-to-day operation and control of detention facilities. Progression within this class is dependent upon continuing acquisition and development of knowledge, techniques and skills in detentions work and upon satisfactory completion of required training and certifications. Incumbents in the class are required to serve a one-year probationary period. Detentions Deputy II is the experienced level where work is performed with minimal supervision. Detentions Deputy I's are expected to advance to the II level when the minimum qualifications for the higher class have been met and satisfactory performance has been demonstrated.


Duties include but are not limited to those described below. Reasonable accommodation will be made when requested and determined by the County to be appropriate under applicable law.

In a training capacity, supervises the security and conduct of inmates at all times including in cells, housing, day-room, corridors, jail tunnels, court, holding cells, in-transit, during group meetings, meals, bathing, at recreation, during visitations and on work or other assignments; processes the admittance, detention, transfer and/or release of inmates; issues clothing and supplies to inmates; monitors inmate movement and conduct, giving inmates directives; monitors and operates security systems, doors, intercoms, cameras, computers and two-way radio; operates a variety of office equipment including computers; enters, verifies and retrieves data and information; maintains records and statistics related to inmates; scans inmate mail; promotes acceptable attitudes and behavior of inmates to assist them in adjusting to a confinement setting; confers with supervisors or officers regarding behavioral and other inmate problems; receives, maintains and returns on discharge the personal property of inmates; learns and applies appropriate techniques and methods in searching inmates for contraband, weapons or narcotics; checks and reports on sanitary conditions and orderliness of quarters; participates in and completes all required training; learns to classify and screen inmates for appropriate housing and activities; learns to recognize potential altercation and hostile situations; takes appropriate corrective action with out-of-control inmates including using basic take-down and control techniques, O.C. pepper spray, TASER and impact weapon/baton; reports infractions of rules and regulations and irregular and suspicious occurrences; prepares and maintains clear and concise reports and records; inspects facility and grounds and learns to recognize unusual circumstances related to potential or actual escapes and facility security; responds to inmate calls for assistance including altercations, suicide attempts, and other medical and non-medical emergencies; arranges for, prepares inmates for, and may assist in transport of inmates to the hospital, court, and other locations; participates in programs designed to prepare inmates for release; performs duties of support staff as needed, as assigned, or in a relief capacity; may be required to serve certain types of civil process papers; may testify in court.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Minimum requirements must be met by the closing date

PLEASE NOTE: Because this is a law enforcement application, it is required that your application show ALL education and experience that you possess. All work experience must be shown. Omissions may be seen as falsifying your application. A resume may be attached, but is not a substitute for completing the application. Failure to submit a completed application may eliminate you from the recruitment process.

Education: High School graduation or equivalent.

Experience: None Required.

Desirable Experience/Education: Depending on the needs of the department, the recruitment and selection process may specify or emphasize one or more of the following:

1) Current employment with the Kings County Sheriff's Office in a law enforcement (i.e. Reserve Deputy) or support capacity position; OR,

2) One year of experience working in a correctional facility or other law enforcement (sworn or non-sworn) capacity.

License: Possess and maintain a valid, appropriate California driver's license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Special Requirements:Ability to work night shifts, weekends and holidays, as assigned; ability to work a twelve-hour shift on a regular basis. In order to remain in the position, during first year of employment must successfully complete PC 832 Firearms and Laws of Arrest courses, a minimum 176-hour state-mandated STC Certified Adult Corrections Officer Core training program (56-hour STC approved adult supplemental Core with valid POST Basic Certificate); training in CPR, First Aid and AED, Impact Weapons/Baton, Weaponless Defense, TASER, chemical restraint courses for Pepperball and for carrying O.C. (Oleoresin Capsicum) pepper spray, and any other training required by the department.

Peace Office Status Requirements: Must meet Peace Officer Status Requirements pursuant to state penal and government codes, including:

(1) Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.

(2) Be at least 18 years of age.

(3) Not have been convicted of a felony.

(4) Be fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose a criminal record.

(5) Be of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation.

(6) Be a high school graduate, or pass the GED, or pass the CA High School Equivalency Exam, or have attained a two-year, four-year or advanced degree from an accredited college or university.

(7) Be found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition that might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer.

Physical Environment: Work is performed primarily in a jail setting including transportation, courtroom, and outdoor work in addition to the jail which is a controlled access, lock-down facility. Incumbents must function effectively in an environment that is frequently unpleasant, unpredictable and/or nauseating. Work is physical and involves confrontational and potentially hostile and violent situations. Uniforms, employee identification and use of protective and safety equipment including a utility belt are mandatory. Body armor may be required. Incumbents stand and walk for extended periods of time; climb stairs repeatedly throughout the day; work with computers and general office equipment; communicate in person, over the phone, by radio and intercom; and may be exposed to chemicals, including pepper spray and cleaning supplies.


As an applicant for the Detentions Deputy position with Kings County, you are required to complete the application and supplemental questionnaire in its' entirety. This application and the supplemental questions will be treated with the same confidentiality as your Personal History Statement (PHS).


All completed applications and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed. The selection process may include the following:

(1) Screening committee (pass/fail) and/or

(2) Written examination (pass/fail). Depending upon the number of applicants with passing scores, the number of applicants invited to participate in the oral examination may be limited and/or

(3) Physical agility examination (pass/fail)

(4) Oral examination (100%). This may include a written practical component (100%) to determine placement on the eligible list.

(5) Background investigation (pass/fail). Applicants must undergo and pass a thorough and detailed personal background investigation. These investigations include employment/credit histories, arrest/criminal records, drug/alcohol use and personal conduct. In addition applicants are required to undergo and pass a psychological examination (pass/fail), a drug screening, and a medical examination (which may include a physical agility examination).

Qualified applicants will be notified by mail concerning the date, time and location of each exam.


Veteran's Preference Application

You must submit a certified DD-214 and a new request form for each application submission prior to the closing date.