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Employer: Sedgwick County
Division: Sheriff
Job Title: Detention Deputy
Salary: $15.878 Hourly

Veterans' Preference is available for this vacancy.
To receive Veterans' Preference, you must supply a copy of your DD214 to the Human Resources department at Sedgwick County after applying.

Job Description:


PLEASE COMPLETE APPLICATION BEFORE SCHEDULING YOUR TEST.   Written tests are held at the Old Historic Courthouse @ 510 N. Main, 3rd floor, Wichita KS 67203.

To see what it is like to work for the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office, click here.

To see a video detailing the Physical Ability Test, click here.

Will work in the Sedgwick County Adult Detention Facility.

HS/GED; 19 years of age; US Citizen; No Felony Convictions; No DUI convictions, diversions or expungements within 5 years; or Domestic Violence Convictions or diversions after July 1, 1995. May work 1st, 2nd or 3rd shift.

Major Job Responsibilities:

  • Reviews arresting officer's paperwork for completeness and accuracy before accepting incoming inmates; pat or strip searches inmates as necessary and required by guidelines to find contraband; inventories inmates clothing, personal property, and money; takes computerized fingerprints and take digital mug shot for verification by local, State and Federal agencies; utilizes force and/or self defense techniques to restrain disruptive or combative inmates; escorts inmates staying in custody to property where they are searched, showered, and dressed in issued clothing.
  • Secures all exterior and security doors in the facility by visually monitoring all movement of all people in the facility and controls movement utilizing screens and monitors in Master Control; controls all lights, alarms, elevators, and other override equipment; contacts outside agencies such as fire, EMS, etc. as needed.
  • Observes and controls inmate movement within the housing unit by communicating with inmates either in person or over the intercom system; conducts inmate searches for contraband; provides first aide and CPR when necessary.
  • Monitors inmates behavior and attitudes for signs of personality changes, depression, and developing conflicts between inmates; enforces the rules and guidelines for inmates which includes initiating disciplinary action when necessary; prepares and maintains records of inmates physical or mental problems; escorts clinic staff, delivers prescription and non-prescription medications in the absence of clinic personnel.
  • Prepares and maintains records of daily activities on the computer in accordance with departmental policies and procedures.
  • Prepares and maintains accurate log entries detailing the services and daily routines; creates and maintains files on inmates recording the time/dates/reason for incarceration, any changes in the conditions or requirements of incarceration and the time/date/authority for release.
  • Supervises movement in the facility; serves as first responder when there is a problem in a pod, fight, medical emergency, etc.; escorts inmates needing additional supervision or security; monitors radio traffic; supervises trustees in cleaning common areas and accounts for cleaning supplies used; conducts linen change in pod and assists Medical Deputy when necessary.
  • Verifies inventory of inmates clothing, personal property, and money against written records; utilizes departmental guidelines to determine property items an inmate may take into housing and to determine proper items to be returned to the inmate upon release.
  • Balances money at least three (3) times daily against written and computer generated balance.
  • Verifies inmates ability to leave facility by utilizing the computer and written records from the facility, local, State and Federal agencies and the courts; generates and completes release paperwork; sends copies to records and other agencies as required.
  • Maintains security of the clinic and the safety of the medical staff by monitoring all inmates coming into the clinic; conducts searches of the clinic and inmates attending the clinic for contraband.
  • Operates various technical equipment to monitor and control the activities of inmates and their visitors which includes controlling cameras, operating doors, elevators, showers and fire escapes.
  • Serves as rover patrolling halls and monitoring inmates movement; ensures inmates arrive at desired destinations as scheduled; assists Deputies assigned to a pod.
  • Supervises meal delivery, pick-up and tray return; removes trash from the facility; ensures inmates with special menus receive correct tray; notes inmates refusing meals.
  • Conducts inmate head counts; monitors activities of suicidal inmates, violent inmates; monitors inmates during visitation and recreation periods. Ensures all inmates are accounted for at all times; prevents inmate escapes, introduction and/or passing of contraband and prevents the assault or injury of inmates and staff; ensures that each inmate receives their meals, clothing changes, mail, opportunity for exercise, etc., as set forth in departmental policy.
  • Prepares written reports on incidents occurring inside the facility which include the actions/use of necessary force by the Deputies to be utilized in criminal prosecutions, defense against lawsuits, disciplinary procedures against inmates and for internal affairs investigations. Prepares reports regarding operational problems such as defective equipment, suggestions for improving services, or hazardous conditions.
  • Performs Work Release activities by maintaining control of inmates allowed work privileges; maintains records of work performance and polices the area of their living quarters; conducts various and sporadic shake downs and strip searches for the safety of the Deputies and other inmates.
  • Logs visitation hours of inmates and ensures the safety of visitors to include attorneys and other professional visits.
  • Answers inmates questions regarding the rules and regulations of the facility, provides information regarding the booking process, bond amounts and charges, etc.
  • Orders and delivers non-prescription medication ordered through the commissary; escorts clinic staff in the delivery of prescription medications. Performs other related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies:

  • Knowledge of laws pertaining to the custody of prisoners.
  • Knowledge of the security of buildings and grounds, and of the rules and regulations governing entrances and exits.
  • Knowledge of health and safety practices.
  • Ability to evaluate and report behavior problems.
  • Ability to follow a prescribed routine with respect to all activities.
  • Ability to detect and report conditions which might indicate danger.
  • Ability to communicate with troubled inmates.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with inmates, other staff members and the public.
  • Ability to act quickly, and calmly in an emergency. Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to communicate courteously and effectively with associates and the general public.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain complete and accurate records and reports.
  • Ability to physically restrain uncooperative inmates. Ability to graduate from Sedgwick County Detention Academy or its equivalent.

Job Requirements:

  • May work 1st, 2nd or 3rd shift. 5 day work week not necessarily M-F.
  • Valid Kansas Drivers License Required. Must meet Driver Qualification standards as set forth in Sedgwick County's Fleet Vehicle Operation and Usage policy (R#225-1999).
  • Must pass FBI/KBI/LOCAL background check, polygraph, psychological testing, and pre-employment urine drug screen.
  • Must pass written exam and phsycial agility test

*This position may be filled or closed to further application without notice. Must be at least 18 years of age to work for Sedgwick County*

If you pass the written test you will be required to schedule an appointment to complete the Physical Agility Test which is as follows:

INTRODUCTION: This physical ability test is designed to evaluate your physical fitness, strength and agility needed to perform the job of an entry level Commissioned or Detention Deputy. The test will consist of four tests. All tests are scored on a point system.  In order to pass, you must complete each test and obtain a minimum cumulative score of 20 total points, following all instructions, within the specified time standard. After two attempts you have not passed the physical ability testing portion of your applicant process you will be encouraged to practice.  These tests may be practiced at home by doing as many sit-ups and push-ups that you can in 1 minute, and by running to improve fitness.

CLOTHING FOR THE TEST: In order to ensure that you are able to do your best, it is recommended that you wear tennis shoes with excellent traction (NO sandals or thongs) and athletic style clothing (sweats or shorts).

QUALIFYING SCORE: In order to receive a qualifying score on the ability test, you must complete the tests in the prescribed manner within the time allowed. Failure to complete any test as prescribed will result in a disqualifying score on that test.

CRITICAL RESPONSE: There are a total of 4 tests, which include how many pushups you can do in 1 min., how many sit ups you can do in 1 min., the Illinois Agility Run, and the Beep Test that will be used to evaluate your VO2 max level.  Ideally, you want to reach a level where you obtain a score of 5 pts for each of the 4 tests, so that you reach that 20 point cumulative score minimum.  But a person can score better in some categories than in others, as long as the final cumulative total is 20 points or more for a passing score.

Sedgwick County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.
It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Crissy Magee, Sedgwick County ADA Coordinator by phone (316) 660-7056, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777), or email at crissy.magee@sedgwick.gov. Do not send resumes or application status request or employment questions to this email or phone number. This information is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. Applications must be submitted on www.hrepartners.com. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate.
Sedgwick County will prohibit the hiring of spouses and/or immediate family members within the same department, but not within the County structure.
Immediate family and family of the employee’s spouse shall be considered husband, wife, son, step-son, son-in-law, daughter, step-daughter, daughter-in law, brother, step-brother, brother-in law, sister, step-sister, sister-in-law, mother, step-mother, mother-in law, father, step-father, father-in-law, grandchildren, grandparents and grandparents-in-law.

Vacancy Number: SCDD010118

Open Date: 1/1/2018 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 12/31/2018 11:59:59 PM