Butler County

El Dorado , KS

Detention Deputy

Butler County
El Dorado, KS Full-time
Posted on August 23, 2019

Under the Supervision of the Detention Corporal performs work concerning the care and needs of the jail inmates. The Detention Officer records all activities of the inmates. The employee in this position is responsible for recording all requests of inmates, medical problems, medications, etc. It is the responsibility of this employee to ensure inmates are maintained in a humane manner and ensures that the inmate is granted their constitutional rights.

Rate of pay: $15.73 – 23.27

Job Duties:

100% -

  • Assists with serving of meals to prisoners; 
  • Books and processes inmates; 
  • Supervises and checks prisoners on a half hour basis, conducts searches, pat downs, and inspections; 
  • Dispenses commissary needs; 
  • Dispenses medications and notifies physician of medical needs; 
  • Maintains the jail in good and clean order; 
  • Meets the public at the detention center and supervises visiting hours; 
  • Monitors medical status of prisoners; 
  • Notifies the Detention Corporal of supplies needed and orders supplies; 
  • Records all activities of inmates, including phone calls and medical needs; 
  • Transports prisoners to and from court and the doctor's office and other facilities as required; 
  • Staffs reception area, reviews incoming and outgoing mail; 
  • Assists attorney with inmate visits; 
  • Reviews visitor profile and approves or denies visits; 
  • Assists with phone/video issues that arise and either fix the issue or call the vendor; 
  • Answers incoming calls at the facility; 
  • Completes reports on activity, logs, and incident management; 
  • Provides testimony for court; 
  • Reviews housing logs; 
  • Conducts security checks; 
  • Processes booking of new inmates, as needed; 
  • Notifies corporal of medical issues; 
  • Performs other duties as deemed necessary or as required. Provides prisoner transport as needed;

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Detention Officer –

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; 
  • Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs; 
  • Ability to deal with inmate problems on a daily basis in a firm and equitable manner; 
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; 
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small-group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization; 
  • Ability to have good speaking skills; 
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables; 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of highly sensitive information; 
  • Ability to maintain records and make written reports; 
  • Ability to make sound and accurate decisions under stressful conditions;
  • Ability to operate a TV camera and video equipment, computer software, and other equipment; 
  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos; 
  • Ability to reliably and predictably carry out duties; 
  • Ability to understand and carry out both oral and written directives; 
  • Ability to work under pressure, exercising good judgment in a variety of situations; 
  • Ability to write simple correspondence; 
  • Knowledge of appropriate methods to physically restrain combative inmates; 
  • Knowledge of basic arithmetic;
  • Knowledge of basic drug identification and drug symptomatology; 
  • Knowledge of bonding procedures 
  • Knowledge of cleaning and disinfecting solvents required for sanitation; 
  • Knowledge of correct grammar and spelling;
  • Knowledge of crisis intervention; 
  • Knowledge of due process as it applies to inmates; 
  • Knowledge of facility policy, procedures and responsibilities concerning the operation of the detention facility; 
  • Knowledge of Kansas statutes as they relate to the care, custody and control of adult inmates; 
  • Knowledge of the operation of the court system, including procedures and security; 
  • Skill in analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems 
  • Skill in interpersonal communication, oral and written communication; 
  • Skill in recognizing changes in inmate behavior; 
  • Skill in recognizing threatening symbols, situations, and language.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to stand and walk, use hands to finger, grasp, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit; run; climb or balance and stoop, squat, bend, twist, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Lifting, moving, pushing or pulling up to 25 pounds does generally occur, in emergencies may be necessary to lift, move, push, or pull up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.

Additional Information:

Certificate, License: Valid driver's license.

Required Education and/or Experience: Six months to twelve months related experience, High School Diploma or G.E.D. and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Employee is expected to have acquired the necessary information and skills to perform the job reasonably well after six months in the position.

Preferred Education and/or Experience: One year related experience, High School Diploma or G.E.D.; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


There is a hiring bonus for this position.