Website Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority

Supervises and maintains security and control of inmates within and during movement between specific areas. Supervises inmate work details both inside and outside the secure perimeters of the jail facility. Makes periodic security rounds of assigned quarters and work areas. Position will work various posts within the facility. Performs inmate counts at regular and variable intervals. Assists in prevention of contraband into the facility. Participates in searches of inmate housing units, work and recreational areas as needed. Maintains familiarity with up-to-date emergency procedures. Maintains sanitation standards daily at all posts. May be required to perform transportation, intake, booking and release, and any other appropriate and related duties, as assigned.

Detention Officers are required to attend Jailer Basic School at the Southwest Law Enforcement Academy within one year from the date of hire and receive certification from the Department of Criminal Justice Services in order to remain in a Detention Officer position. To be accepted into the Jailer Basic School, an applicant/employee must be able to run 1 ½ miles in 20 minutes.

High School Diploma or GED required. Previous experience in a correctional setting helpful but not required. Position requires the ability to walk, stand, sit, run, stoop, bend and lift. Ability to fire a weapon, restrain and subdue inmates as necessary.

Salary is $13.32 per hour with full fringe benefits package to include medical, dental, prescription, vision health insurance coverage, state retirement, paid holiday, personal time off, and sick leave. The Authority does continuous recruitment for Detention Officer Positions. A completed application will remain on file and active for six months from the date of application. When openings become available, active applications will be reviewed. Apply online or download an application and mail to Human Resources, Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority, P O Box 279, Meadowview, VA 24361. Applications may be faxed to 276/739-3534. Candidates may also apply at the nearest Virginia Employment Commission Office. For additional information, please call 276/739-3528.


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