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Company: Seminole County Sheriff's Office
Location: Sanford
Posted on: May 22, 2023

Job Description:


The Seminole County Sheriff's Office is now accepting pre-screen questionnaires for the position of EXPERIENCED DETENTION DEPUTY. All applicants must possess a State of Florida Certificate of Completion and/or Certification of Compliance, but are not required to have any prior work experience in the field of Corrections. To be eligible for the Hiring Incentive, must have at least three (3) years of experience as a certified corrections officer and be currently serving in a certified corrections capacity.

The position of Detention Deputy performs generalized corrections work in the care, custody, control and re-entry of sentenced and non-sentenced inmates at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility.

The starting annual base salary is $50,019.32 ($22.37 per hour) , plus the potential for additional holiday pay up to $2,750 for those employees who work twelve (12) hour shifts. The Sheriff's Office offers a competitive benefits package including retirement benefits under the Florida Retirement System, paid medical/dental/life insurance, generous leave accrual, wellness benefits, and education incentives and assistance.

Each applicant must complete a NOTARIZED Background Investigation Waiver , which is provided in the above link. Failure to submit this notarized document will disqualify your application. Any costs associated with the completion of this form is the responsibility of the applicant . The Sheriff's Office does not provide notary service for this form.

Applicants must have a Licensed Physician sign the Physician's Clearance to Test Form . Failure to complete and submit this form with your Pre-Screen Questionnaire will disqualify your application. Any costs associated with the completion of this form is the responsibility of the applicant.

This position is open until filled.

The $5,000 hiring incentive will be disbursed as follows:

  • $1,000 upon hire
  • $1,500 upon successful completion of our agency's Field Training Program
  • $2,500 upon successful completion of the one (1) year Probationary PeriodTYPICAL DUTIES
    Note: Listed functions, duties, responsibilities and skills is not intended to be all-inclusive and the employer reserves the right to assign additional functions and responsibilities as deemed necessary for the operational efficiency of the Sheriff's Office.

    A Detention Deputy is a uniformed officer who is responsible for the care, custody, control and re-entry of sentenced and non-sentenced inmates. As a detention deputy, your role includes helping provide offenders with the tools necessary to become law abiding citizens upon release. Detention Deputies maintain a consistent routine and demeanor while supervising offenders.

    Responsibilities include:
    • Ensuring the safety and security of inmates
    • Supervising inmates to prevent altercations
    • Maintaining accurate count and current location of all inmates
    • Communicate effectively and coherently with other officers and inmates
    • Demonstrate communications skills in court and other formal settings
    • Ensure the cleanliness of the area of assigned responsibility
    • Perform crisis intervention functions to include counseling, suicide prevention, recognizing abnormal behavior, and taking appropriate action
    • Maintains detailed documentationDUAL CERTIFIED Detention Deputies that are sworn in as Dual Certified will be required to facilitate any necessary arrests or detainment of individuals within the scope of their job or specialized position. May be required to investigate crimes committed within a Seminole County Sheriff's Office Facility. This includes the John E. Polk correctional facility, Courthouses, Juvenile Facilities and Seminole County Probation facilities. If being utilized on a specialized enforcement team than the Dual Certified Detention Deputy may make lawful arrests and or detentions during the operational need only.

      • High School Diploma or GED
      • A citizen of the United States
      • 21 years of age
      • Must not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement, nor have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States
      • Must possess and maintain valid Florida Driver's License
      • All applicants must possess a State of Florida Certificate of Completion and/or Certification of Compliance, but are NOT required to have any prior work experience in the field of Corrections
      • All applicants will be required to take a Physical Abilities Test (P.A.T.), Civil Service written examination, and Firearms qualification. Applicants must score at least 70% on the Civil Service examination in each of the four (4) sections (math, reading comprehension, grammar, and report writing) and must pass the firearms qualification test with a score of 32 out of 40KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES & OTHER
        • Regular and prompt attendance is mandatory in the performance of an employee's duties for this position, to include scheduled work hours, and required training activities, calls for mandatory overtime needs and calls for service during times of an emergency
        • Ability to utilize effective communication skills both verbally and in writing
        • Knowledge of Florida Model Jail Standards and Sheriff's Office rules and regulations as applied to correctional work
        • Knowledge of the application of modern correctional principles and practices
        • Ability to demonstrate ethical and professional behavior
        • Ability to analyze and synthesize information or situations; solve problems; recall facts and/or information; describe persons, things, and/or events
        • Ability to read and comprehend information; speak clearly; prepare written reports; print legibly; follow directions; detect smells; operate equipment; apply mathematical skills; read maps; operate radio equipment
        • Ability to attain and maintain weapons proficiency; maintain personal fitness; demonstrate firearms safety procedures; demonstrate service weapon firing; demonstrate shotgun firing; load ammunition into firearm; demonstrate chemical agent use; diagram a scene; take notes
        • Ability to drive a motor vehicle in a safe and efficient manner WORKING CONDITIONS

          The work environment is mostly within the confined setting of the John E. Polk Correctional Facility, Seminole County Juvenile Facility or the Seminole County Court System. This position generally works a shift (days or nights) with rotating days off.


          Mobility-Frequent standing for extended periods of time, walking for extended periods of time, stooping, bending, climbing stairs, may be required to drive an agency vehicle and/or transport inmates; constant use of a computer; use of a firearm

          Lifting-Able to lift 50 pounds

          Visual-Constant overall binocular vision; constant color perception, constant eye-hand coordination; constant depth perception; frequent reading/close-up work; constant field of vision/peripheral

          Dexterity-Frequent repetitive motion and reaching

          Hearing/Talking-Constant requirement to hear normal speech; constant hearing on telephone and radio; ability to hear faint sounds; constant talking on telephone/radio

          Emotional/Psychological- Potential contact with hostile individuals; direct inmate contact, exposure to emergency situations; may be exposed to trauma, grief and death; frequent public contact; decision-making and concentration

          Special Requirements-Ability to behave respectably and with utmost integrity even when off duty. Shift work (days or nights) with rotating days off including working weekends, nights, holidays, and/or overtime; May be required to respond for any critical incident, manmade or natural; must be able to appropriately wear and operate a self-contained breathing apparatus

          Environmental-Occasional exposure to varied weather conditions

          Successful applicants will be required to complete and submit an entire employment application, which will be provided to the applicant by the Human Resources Division. The applicant will then submit to a thorough background investigation, which includes, but not limited to, past employment/education verification, driver license review, credit history, prior drug use history, arrest/conviction record, and computerized voice stress analysis (CVSA) testing. A certified examiner administers the CVSA with questions addressing illegal drug use and general questions of honesty and criminal history. Any dishonesty or deception on the Pre-Screen Questionnaire or Employment Application will disqualify your application.

          The background investigation process may take 3-6 months depending upon the complexity of the applicant's background. Applicants selected for employment will be provided a conditional offer and required to submit to a medical examination with drug screening.

          Candidates must also comply with the Agency's current Tattoo and Body Ornamentation Policy. A copy of General Order 28 - Dress and Appearance can be accessed here . An applicant's tattoos and body ornamentation must be disclosed at the time of application and will be documented as part of the agency's review process, even if otherwise meeting the Agency's policy. . click apply for full job details

Keywords: Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Sanford , EXPERIENCED DETENTION DEPUTY ($5,000 HIRING INCENTIVE - SEE JOB POSTING), Other , Sanford, Florida

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