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Employer: Atchison County
Division: Sheriff's Office- Jail
Job Title: Correctional Officer
Salary: $0 Hourly

Job Description:

The Atchison County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for an immediate full-time Correctional Officer position.  This position requires excellent oral and written communication skills as well as the ability to operate a personal computer.  This position requires shift work and may rotate occasionally.  Further information may be obtained by contacting the Administrative Office at 518 Parallel St. Atchison, KS, or by calling (913) 367-0216 to obtain an application packet.

Atchison County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position Summary

         This position is a non-exempt position, which takes care of the needs of the inmates in the jail, and is under the supervision of the Jail Captain. The employee is responsible for recording all requests of inmates, medical problems, medications, etc. It is the responsibility of this employee to oversee inmates in a humane manner and grant their constitutional rights. Follows objectives, policies and procedures that are predetermined by Atchison County.

 Essential Functions

  • Documents activity of incarcerated inmates in the daily log;
  • Escorts inmates to and from court hearings, medical appointments, etc.;
  • Processes incoming inmates and releases according to law;
  • Issues appropriate material and items to inmates;
  • Responsible for keeping the jail in an orderly manner by performing cleaning duties;
  • Distributes meals and hygiene items to inmates;
  • Testifies in court;
  • Abides by the law enforcement code of ethics;
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle;
  • Answers the telephone and direct calls or messages to the appropriate person;
  • Assists citizens with inquiries and complaints;
  • Washes laundry;
  • Takes out trash;
  • Exhibits positive attitude towards position, co-workers, supervisory personnel and members of the general public.

Secondary Functions

  • Performs other related duties as deemed necessary or as required.


  • Knowledge of applicable departmental policies, procedures and regulations.


  • Prioritizing work assignments, calls, and correspondence as well as determine what type of standards to use and implement;
  • Establishing priority at emergency scene and quickly develop an action plan;
  • Excellent oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills.


  • Ability to utilize good judgement and recognize and protect confidential information;
  • Ability to operate radio equipment, computers and other related law enforcement equipment;
  • Ability to handle inmate complaints and disputes;
  • Ability to comprehend laws and abstract concepts;
  • Ability to apply judgement to police situations to effect appropriate resolution;
  • Ability to organize facts and accurately complete reports, summons and other forms;
  • Ability to properly conduct and document searches;
  • Ability to organize facts and provide accurate testimony under stress;
  • Ability to understand and apply legal standards in performance of duties;
  • Ability to understand and apply departmental orders, rules and regulations;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the partners, superior officers and other police personnel, as well as other county employees including administration, staff and other departments;
  • Ability to comprehend laws and abstract concepts and apply to specific situations;
  • Ability to analyze situations and determine proper response;
  • Ability to perform many functions simultaneously;
  • Ability to recognize suspicious behavior or unusual circumstances, and determine necessity for assistance;
  • Ability to recognize and remove health and safety hazards;
  • Ability to make decisions under stress;
  • Ability to exercise caution and control fear in potentially hazardous situations;
  • Ability to apply knowledge of medical and interventions techniques in disturbances;
  • Ability to recognize potential chemical abuse/neglect and recognize narcotics;
  • Ability to determine whether to use force in a situation and determine whether there is a medical emergency;
  • Ability to interrogate suspect and obtain information with and between department director and personnel;
  • Ability to adapt to different people, behavior and circumstances;
  • Ability to control anger, maintain professional demeanor and to remain calm under stress;
  • Ability to analyze and coordinate investigation of information to draw conclusive findings;

Required Education and/or Experience

  • High school diploma or GED;

Specialty Requirements

  • Possession of valid driver’s license with safe driving record;
  • Must be free of any criminal convictions within the past ten years;
  • No adult felony convictions.

Working & Physical Conditions

  • Adverse-working conditions exists relating to public law enforcement;
  • Hazardous and dangerous situations may arise in the jail setting;
  • Hand/eye coordination adequate to use all tools associated with the profession such as handguns, handcuffs, and baton;
  • Communicate effectively in person, on the telephone and two-way radio; make and receive phone calls;
  • Frequent high mental, visual and auditory concentration is required;
  • Use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls and to reach with hands and arms;
  • Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear;
  • Vision abilities required include close vision and the ability to adjust focus;
  • Requires the ability to stand, walk, sit, squatting, bending and reaching;
  • Mobility to complete errands, flexibility of body and manual dexterity;
  • Hand/eye/foot coordination to adequately use office equipment.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive.  They represent typical elements and criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the job.

Vacancy Number: SO-J2

Open Date: 7/13/2018 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: