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Law Enforcement/Security

Detention Officer

Responsible for providing security in the detention of inmates within the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility.

Pulaski County Government

201 Broadway St #400, Little Rock, AR 72201

Department: Sheriff/Detention

Starting Salary Range: $34,330 – 41,559

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt position, eligible for overtime

Safety Sensitive Designation: This position is designated as safety sensitive and is subject to random drug and alcohol screening.

Opening Date: 10/26/21 Closing Date: 11/24/21 at 11:59 PM



This job description should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. It is intended to identify the essential functions and minimum qualifications of this job. The incumbent(s) may be required to perform job related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this job description. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign job-related responsibilities and tasks to this job at any time. Certain functions are understood to be essential; these include, but are not limited to, attendance, getting along with others, working a full shift, and dealing with and working under stress. Any essential function of this class will be evaluated as necessary should an incumbent/applicant be unable to perform the function or requirement due to a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Reasonable accommodation for the specific disability will be made for the incumbent/applicant only to the extent medically and reasonably feasible.



Responsible for providing security in the detention of inmates within the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility ensuring compliance with federal, state and local statutes, ordinances, and regulations.



 Conducts daily inspection and maintenance of housing units and facility to ensure proper security.

 Performs security and direct supervision duties within inmate housing units to maintain custody and control the

activities of inmates; remains constantly alert for prisoner disruptions such as escape planning, fighting, thefts, suicide

attempts, and other prohibited activity.

 Maintains a complete and accurate count of all inmates and their locations within the facility; conducts updated count of

inmates and unit checks periodically throughout shift.

 Orients inmates to housing units ensuring all inmates understand facility rules.

 Maintains schedules for inmates allowing exercise times, meals, showering, class attendance, medical visits, unit

cleaning, laundry exchange, mail delivery, and visitation at appropriate times; documents inmates’ activities and

movements within the facility.

 Conducts surveillance, unit searches and shakedowns to locate and confiscate any fabricated weapons and

contraband; inspects and inventories all cleaning products, tools, equipment, bedding, clothing, and medical


 Prepares written incident reports documenting rule violations, offenses, or unusual events; testifies at disciplinary

hearings and in court as needed.

 Completes daily and weekly jail reports, inmate activity reports, incident reports, court lists, and correspondence with

the courts; inputs information into computer system.

 Responds to emergencies such as fights, hostage incidents, riots, and incidents involving aggressive and combative

inmates; uses force in restraining inmates as needed.

 Provides security for medical staff during distribution of medicine and physical examinations.

 Receives and searches incoming inmates; reviews admission forms for completeness and accuracy before booking

inmates; completes paperwork for admittance and enters inmate information into computer; fingerprints and

photographs inmates; transmits fingerprints to other law enforcement agencies.

 Performs required screenings, collection and inventory of property; ensures inmates are showered, dressed in issued

clothing, and given unit supplies and identification badges.

 Transports inmates to appropriate areas in facility such as medical clinic, classes, library, and barbershop; maintains

security at all times and ensures departmental rules and regulations are enforced.

 Monitors facility operation within the central control room by the operation of technical equipment such as cameras,

door lock controls, etc.



 Supervises inmates assisting with the preparation of food, removal of trash, cleaning the facility and laundering

uniforms, bedding, and towels.

 Supervises meal delivery and tray return; ensures inmates with special menus received correct tray; notes inmates

refusing meals.

 Ensures the delivery of appropriate number of meals and clothing, bedding, and towels to each inmate.

 Performs armed transport of inmates to and from courts, hospital, Arkansas Department of Correction, and other law

enforcement agencies and medical appointments; provides security for hospitalized inmates.

 Supervises the individuals assigned by the courts to the daywork program; assigns them to appropriate work crew;

maintains activity records on all participants.

 Ensures inmates with required court appearances are scheduled for transport from Pulaski County Detention Facility or

other detention center to court at the appropriate time.

 Collects and delivers legal documents, bond money, arrest disposition reports, DNA test kits, warrants, court dockets,

etc., for Circuit and District Courts, Sheriff’s Department, and other administrative offices.

 Ensures the preparation and distribution of paperwork for inmates committed to the Arkansas Department of

Corrections or any regional punishment facility.

 Completes weekly report reflecting number of inmates transferred and awaiting transfer to the Arkansas Department of


 May serve as a law enforcement instructor conducting jail minimum standards training classes for new recruits;

develops curriculum, visual aids, and class material for additional classes; coordinates guest speakers as needed;

assesses recruits’ progress through the instructional classes; must complete the required training and obtain a

certification as a CLEST Instructor if placed on this assignment.

 Performs other related duties as required.





 Ability to use physical means to restrain violent or combative prisoners when necessary.

 Ability to bend, stoop, kneel, and crouch when conducting prisoner and unit searches.

 Ability to orally communicate clearly and concisely, both individually and to groups, in person, by telephone, using radio

communication equipment, and by intercom.

 Digital dexterity necessary to operate computer keyboard, lock, and push button control board and conduct person and

environment searches.

 Visual acuity needed to detect prohibited materials or conditions within facility and to observe inmate activity and


 Visual acuity needed for use of a computer monitor.

 Ability to climb stairs.

 Ability to run to the scene of emergency within facility when required.

 Ability to drive a passenger car or van.

 Ability to work in a constant state of alertness and in a safe manner.

 Ability to concentrate for long periods of time.



Work is performed primarily within a controlled detention environment. Constant supervision and surveillance is necessary to avoid dangerous confrontations and ensure personal safety. Duties may involve occasional restraint of hostile or combative detainees. Transportation of inmates to other facilities is required. Work is performed on a variable shift basis. Overtime may be required.



Completion of high school or GED equivalency.



Jail Minimum Standards within one year from the date of hire.

No felony convictions.

21 years of age.

Arkansas Driver’s License (or ability to immediately obtain license).

Must obtain and maintain CPR Certification.

Must be a U.S. citizen and be able to provide proof when requested by the Sheriff’s Department.

Employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the following pre-employment requirements: criminal background check, traffic offense check, sexual offender check, child maltreatment check, adult maltreatment check and drug test by appropriate licensed agencies.




Applications must be filed online at


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Good Pay

Excellent Benefits Including Health Care, Dental and Vision

Sick and Vacation Leave

Pension Plan

Tuition Assistance

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