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Detention Officer

This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Performs assigned duties to assure efficient and lawful operation of the Detention Center.


  1. Experience: None.
  2. Education: High school diploma, G.E.D., or equivalent required. Two years of post-secondary education leading to an Associate Degree is preferred.
  3. Knowledge: Acquire knowledge of statutory requirements pertaining to this job. Must have the ability to receive, interpret and follow verbal and written instructions.
  4. Skills: Operate motor vehicle (requires valid class C driver’s license), two-way radio, calculator, and other law enforcement equipment.
  5. Problem Solving: Frequent situations arise in this job.
  6. Decision Making: Frequent situations arise ranging from following established policies and procedures to life-threatening.
  7. Supervisory: Moderate when assigned to back up Supervisor or perform as a shift leader.
  8. Financial/Budgetary Accountability: Moderate. Handles inmate funds and property. Budgetary – None.
  9. Interpersonal: Intense level of contact with inmates, moderate contact with department personnel and other County offices. Frequent public and professional contacts.
  10. Language Skills: Must be able to read write and speak English fluently, ability to speak a second language is helpful.
  11. Working Conditions: Facilities are current State of the Art. May be exposed to some weather elements and life-threatening situations.
  12. Physical Requirements: Must be able to experience short periods of very high-intensity of physical exertion. Must be able to pass a physical and psychological examination. Requires sufficient visual acuity to read and write and operate office equipment. Requires sufficient hearing level to be able to deal with the public and communicate with others directly or by telephone.


Primary Duties
  1. The officers will process incoming and outgoing prisoners.
  2. The officers will transport inmates to court, medical appointments, and other law enforcement facilities. Transport will be on foot, by auto or if necessary, by ambulance. The officers are also responsible for moving inmates to other assigned areas to meet with attorneys, law enforcement officers, and for religious services or Alcoholics Anonymous groups. Officers are responsible for applying appropriate restraints during transport and for maintaining proper supervision.
  3. The officers will allow prisoners access to the telephone at specified times to make outgoing calls. Prisoners will be allowed access to the Center’s library, including requested legal materials. This includes accepting written requests for legal assistance and delivering them to the Clerk for distribution to attorneys.
  4. Maintain a daily log of all activities within the Center, including visits by the public, relatives of inmates, attorneys, and Court Services personnel.
  5. Maintain the safety of the staff and the residents of the facility. All incoming property will be searched for the presence of weapons and contraband. Inspect cells as necessary to search for weapons and contraband.
  6. Supervise all inmate visitations from professionals or authorized visitors and conduct searches, and log all incoming property intended for prisoners.
  7. Contact medical personnel as needed following observation of prisoner health complaints. EMTs or an ambulance may be summoned for emergency situations. Appointments will be made for non-emergency situations. Assure proper medication for prisoner prescribed medications, disperse as directed, and keep a log.
  8. Distribute prisoner requested writing material and stamp according to policy. Pick up outgoing mail and deliver it to the Clerk for mailing or pickup.
  9. Maintain cleanliness and order in the facility. Collect trash following meals. Wash laundry from the facility and inmate’s personal laundry. Disperse personal hygiene items to the prisoners.
  10. Maintain personal knowledge of all inmates and assure that they are accounted for and in their proper location.
  11. Advise the Food Supervisor of the prisoner count and serve three meals daily. Note any special dietary needs of any prisoner.
  12. Act as Deputy Clerk for the District Court by completing bond forms. Serve warrants as needed on prisoners in court or at the Center. Assist Deputies, Dispatchers, and Juvenile Attendees with the fulfillment of their duties.
  13. All other duties as assigned by the Sheriff.
Intermittent Duties
  1. May be required to attend training sessions or seminars.
  2. May be assigned additional duties on a temporary or emergency basis.
  3. May be assigned as a shift leader.
  4. May be required to participate for 2-3 years in the WorkWellKS training seminars and the Lyon County, Kansas
    Wellness Team roles as: Convener, Facilitator, Secretary, Communications/Promotion, Liaison to the Executive,
    Meaningful Employee Engager, Event Planner, Benefits Liaison, Data Liaison, and/or Facilities.

This job description has been examined for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

DISCLAIMER: This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.

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Ready to apply for Detention Officer? Follow the steps below to get started.

To apply, download or pick up the pre-application in person from the Sheriff's Office Administrator. Once completed, please return it to the following address:

Lyon County Sheriff's Office
425 Mechanic
Emporia, KS 66801