Correctional Officer/Deputy Sheriff Job Listing at Commonwealth of Massachusetts in West Boylston, MA
Correctional Officer/Deputy SheriffCorrectional Officer/Deputy Sheriff
Sheriff's Department Worcester
Correctional Officer/Deputy Sheriff
Correctional Officer/Deputy Sheriff
Police, Guard, Correctional
Full-Time or Part-Time:
$27,830.00 to $48,847.00 Annually
Number Of Vacancies:
Worcester County Sheriff's Office
5 Paul X Tivnan Drive
West Boylston, MA 01583
I. General Statement of Duties: Engages in the apprehension, arrest, custody, and supervision of potential inmates and conducts law enforcement activities within a designated jurisdiction; conducts administrative, civil, and criminal investigations; and performs related work as required.
II. Essential Functions:
1. Identify criminal offenders and criminal activity and where appropriate, apprehend offenders and participate in subsequent court proceedings.
2. Reduce the opportunities for the commission of crime through preventative patrol and other measures.
3. Aid individuals who are in danger of physical harm.
4. Facilitate the movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
5. Identify issues that require referral to outside law enforcement, or other governmental agencies.
6. Create and maintain a feeling of security in the community.
7. Promote and preserve the peace.
8. Provide other services on an emergency basis.
9. Exercise authority consistent with the obligations imposed by the oath of office and be accountable to superior officers. Promptly obey legitimate orders.
10. Coordinate efforts with other members of the Sheriff's Office so that team work may ensure continuity of purpose and maximum achievement of the Sheriff's Office objectives.
11. Communicate to superiors and to fellow deputies all information obtained which is pertinent to the achievement of the Sheriff's Office objectives.
12. Respond punctually to all assignments.
13. Acquire and record information concerning events that have taken place since the last tour of duty.
14. Record activity during tour of duty in the manner prescribed by proper authority.
15. Maintain weapons and equipment in a functional, presentable condition.
16. Assist citizens requesting assistance or information.
17. Be accountable for the securing, receipting and proper transporting of all evidence and property coming into custody.
18. Accomplish other general duties as they are assigned or become necessary.
19. Apprehending persons violating the law or wanted by law enforcement agencies.
20. Completing detailed reports on all crimes, vehicle accidents and other incidents requiring attention. In cases where an arrest is made, an arrest report is submitted. When property is recovered or additional information is discovered pertaining to a previously reported offense, the Deputy completes a report.
21. Conduct a thorough investigation of all offenses and incidents within the area of assignment and scope of activity. Collect evidence and record data which will aid in identification, apprehension and prosecution of offenders, as well as the recovery of property.
22. To maintain custodial care and control of inmates, including inmates who are violent in behavior and dangerous.
23. To use physical force in a lawful manner to restrain and apprehend inmates and to suppress riots, violence, escapes, disturbances or other crises, including suicides, by inmates, including inmates who may be violent and dangerous.
24. To carry and use fire arms when authorized in a safe and lawful manner.
25. To function in dangerous situations where personal safety may be in jeopardy, where conditions are stressful; and where subject to physical and verbal abuse.
26. To work long hours during any part of a 24 hour day, including weekends and holidays.
27. To transport inmates, including inmates who are violent and dangerous.
28. To observe inmates' well being and refer inmates to the appropriate supportive service, such as medical, as needed to aid in rehabilitation and to foster atmosphere of cooperation between inmates and staff.
29. To patrol correctional facilities.
30. To observe conduct and behavior of inmates and to monitor inmates' movements and whereabouts.
31. To make periodic rounds, head counts, and security checks of buildings, grounds, and inmate quarters.
32. To guard and direct inmates during work assignments while maintaining order and security in the institution.
33. To prepare reports on such occurrences as fires, disturbances, accidents, security breaches, etc.
34. To make entries into unit log of daily activities and to review daily activity reports to have accurate and up to date information available for reference by authorized personnel.
35. To work harmoniously, cooperatively, and courteously with others at all times.
36. To stand or walk for prolonged periods of time.
37. To work alone in an isolated area.
38. To report for duty in a prompt and timely fashion whenever assigned and to maintain regular and uninterrupted attendance at work.
39. To exercise supervision over temporary officers, trainees, and aides.
40. To review and study the policy manual books and to keep current with the policies and procedures of the Jail.
1. Associate?s Degree, or higher education; or documentation of 60 credits towards completion of a Bachelor?s Degree at an accredited college or institution of higher learning; or two years of military service.
2. Physical ability and capacity to maintain custodial care and control of inmates, use lawful force and weapons.
3. Mental capacity to handle stressful situations, physical danger, risk of serious injury to person and others. May be required to submit to a psychological examination.
4. Ability to work in a semi military organization.
5. No prior criminal record that includes guilty finding or guilty plea of a felony, or incarceration in any jail, house of correction, or prison Candidate must also pass a background investigation that may include interview of references, former employers and relatives.
6. Ability to learn, understand, explain, and apply the laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, specifications, standards of correctional and law enforcement principles, and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.
7. Understands and has working knowledge of rules, regulations, practices and theories and laws relating to the judicial process and law enforcement.
8. Ability to make decisions and act quickly in emergencies and dangerous situations.
9. Ability to interact with people who are under physical and/or emotional stress.
10. Ability to establish rapport with persons from different ethnic, cultural and/or economic backgrounds.
11. Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others.
12. Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
13. Ability to give oral and written instructions in a precise, understandable manner.
14. Ability to communicate effectively in oral expression.
15. Ability to write concisely, to express thoughts clearly, and to develop ideas in logical order.
16. Ability to accurately record information provided orally.
17. Ability to maintain accurate records.
18. Ability to prepare general reports.
19. Ability to work accurately with names, numbers, colors, codes and/or symbols.
20. Ability to maintain a calm manner in stressful and emergency situations.
21. Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential information.
22. Ability to adapt to varying work situations.
23. Ability to stand and walk for prolonged periods of time.
24. Physical stamina and endurance. Must successfully pass physical fitness test.
25. Ability to operate motor vehicle and hold a driver's license. An RMV background check will be completed.
26. Ability to obtain a permit to carry firearms and be familiar with proper use and care of firearms.
27. Working knowledge of First Aid.
28. Working knowledge of the habits, attitudes and behavior of prison inmates.
29. Some knowledge of modern principles of criminology and penology and of the elements of criminal law and court procedures.
30. Ability to instruct, counsel and advise inmates to enable them to return to society.
31. Ability to supervise small number of subordinates and maintain discipline.
Example of Duties:
1. Maintains custodial care and control of inmates by escorting or transporting them under restraint; patrolling facilities; making periodic rounds, head counts and security checks of buildings, grounds and inmate quarters; monitoring inmates' movements and whereabouts; and guarding and directing inmates during work assignments to maintain order and security in a correctional institution.
2. Observes conduct and behavior of inmates, noting significant behavioral patterns, to prevent disturbances, violence, escapes or other crises such as suicides.
3. Notes and investigates suspicious inmate activity relative to contraband by searching individuals, vehicles, packages, mail and inmate quarters for weapons or other forbidden devices/objects to maintain prison security.
4. Develops working relationships with inmates by referring individuals to appropriate supportive services (e.g. medical, psychiatric, vocational, etc.) as needed to aid in rehabilitation and to foster an atmosphere of cooperation between inmates and staff.
5. Prepares reports on such occurrences as fires, disturbances, accidents, security breaches, etc.; prepares monthly evaluation reports on inmates; makes entries into unit log of daily activities and reviews daily activity reports to have accurate and up to date information available for reference by authorized personnel.
6. Supervises Correction Officers of lower seniority or rank to insure that inmates are receiving proper treatment and assignments.
7. Supervises and teaches inmates performing a variety of prison services and functions which include laundering, maintenance, kitchen services, farming and other occupations.
8. Enforces maintenance by inmates of cleanliness in the cell blocks and prison areas.
9. Maintains discipline in prison cell blocks and prison areas.
10. Reports prison activities, complaints and conditions to the Senior Shift Officer or other officer of higher rank.
11. Counsels and aids inmates in need of institution services.
12. Exercises first aid and emergency measures until the arrival of proper authorities.
13. Performs related duties such as screening visitors; operating two way radios; carrying and operating firearms; inspecting fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, alarms and other safety apparatus; serving food to inmates; and assigning housing areas to inmates.
14. To perform related duties such as screening visitors; operating two way radios; inspecting fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, alarms and other safety apparatus; serving food to inmates; and assigning housing areas to inmates.
15. To conduct confidential investigations and inquires when assigned to Special Services.
How To Apply:
Please visit www.worcestercountysheriff.com and print the employment application which can be submitted to:
Worcester County Sheriff's Office
Human Resources Department
5 Paul X Tivnan Drive
West Boylston, MA 01583
Agency Web Address:
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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