Goverment Jobs
January 22, 2020
Kent, Washington
Job Type


General Purpose

Positions in this class are responsible for corrections work involving the protection of life and property, enforcement of procedures, prevention of crimes and maintenance of order within the jail setting. Work is performed according to departmental regulations and procedures. Corrections Officers receive, book, supervise, discharge and assure the safety and security of the jail inmates, jail staff, volunteers and contracted employees; and for the cleanliness of the facility, preparation and inventory of food items and supplies and proper recording of activities. Work requires a considerable amount of contact with inmates who may use abusive language or become violent. The Corrections Officer will at all times be conscious of the inmate's civil rights and ensure compliance with those rights.

Duty assignments and special instructions are received from supervisors. Work is evaluated by inspection, review of reports and general appraisal of the effectiveness of the employee and adherence to established policies.


Corrections Sergeant or Acting Shift Sergeant

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Ensure the security and welfare of jail inmates; direct and supervise inmates' daily activities; establish rapport and assess individual inmate baseline behavior.

Observe, direct, escort, move and supervise jail inmates during daily activities.

Communicate with others regarding activities and incidents in the jail.

Tactfully diffuse any verbal or physical abuse which may occur in the course of performing work assignments.

Physically protect themselves, inmates and personnel and provide immediate first responder/life saving measures to others.

Recognize and determine when and to what extent physical force should be used, up to and including deadly force, as governed by law and policy

Maintain direct contact with inmates who may be mentally unstable, under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, verbally aggressive or physically dangerous.

Document, accurately, thoroughly, and clearly, incidents and actions by writing incident reports, maintaining daily logs and preparing other related documents.

Take initial custody of prisoners; evaluate for medical and mental stability, search prisoners to remove property, contraband and weapons; complete an initial medical intake evaluation; inventory and secure property and money, enter booking information, photograph, fingerprint, classify security level, and place inmates in the appropriate housing unit.

Process court documents, release or transfer inmates in accordance with court orders or established standards of release. Assure that all documents regarding inmates are legal, accurate and properly recorded.

Operate control room; control all movement of inmates and personnel in, out and within the facility; monitor security cameras to ensure the safety of staff and inmates and report potentially dangerous situations or suspicious activities to other staff; monitor inmate behavior.

Respond to emergency situations and alarms; effectively communicate with inmates and the public via intercom, telephone and the public lobby; Screen incoming mail for contraband, escape plans, gang activity or other criminal behavior.

Accurately collect and process bonds or cash bail.

Direct and monitor all daily housing unit inmate activities, to include, but not limited to, formal counts, medication pass, meal service, inmate supply exchanges, and all inmate activities. Ensure the sanitation of the facility and record maintenance needs.

Directs in-custody court video hearings; works with defendants, judges, court clerks, defense attorneys, prosecutors and language interpreters; ensures the safety of inmates and court staff

Transports inmates to and from jail and to various appointments; maintain corrections vehicles and complete vehicle inspection logs; distribute paperwork throughout the City

Screen incoming mail for contraband, escape plans, gang activity or other criminal behavior.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Adult judicial procedures and the criminal justice system; civil and constitutional rights, their content, intent and application.
  • Department and facility policies and procedures, federal, state and local laws and health and safety regulations relating to jail facilities and activities.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to apply proper English language usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.


  • Analyzing routine, dangerous and stressful situations rapidly and accurately.
  • Diffusing potentially violent/explosive situations.
  • Maintaining control in stressful, hostile and hazardous conditions.
  • Coping with situations firmly, courteously, tactfully, and with respect for the rights of others.
  • Effectively dealing with violations of rules, policies and procedures on an impartial basis.
  • Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Preparing clear and concise reports.
  • Use and care of handcuffs, leg irons, waist restraints, Taser, OC and other available tools.
  • Operation of corrections vehicles in accordance with legal and defensive driving practices.


  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Relate effectively to people of a variety of cultures, languages, handicaps and socio-economic situations.
  • Apply general policies and procedures to specific situations.
  • Act without direct supervision and exercise independent discretion, using good judgment, common sense and flexibility.
  • Assure the safety and security of jail inmates and personnel.
  • Act without direct supervision and exercise independent discretion, using good judgment, common sense and flexibility.
Education, Experience and Other Requirements

Education: High school diploma, general education degree (GED), or equivalent.


  • Valid Washington State Driver's License, or the ability to obtain within thirty (30) days of employment.
  • Positions in this class must meet Civil Service Rules and Regulations.
  • Must be able to pass a comprehensive background investigation, including a psychological, medical and polygraph exam.
  • Successful completion of all requirements of the Washington State Basic Corrections Academy or equivalent within the guidelines set by WAC.
  • Washington Crime Information Center (WACIC) Certificate within one year.
  • CPR/AED Certification is required within one year of employment.
  • Must be a United States citizen

The City of Kent offers a comprehensive benefit package (medical/dental/vision) to all regular full-time and regular part-time employees in the bargaining unit.Employees are also eligible to purchase coverage for eligible dependents.
Employees covered by the AFSCME bargaining unit shall have the option of choosing either the City's self-insured health care plan that is administered by Premera Blue Cross or Group Health Cooperative (HMO) or they may elect to participate in the Health Savings Account (HSA) program.The dental plan is through Washington Dental Service and the vision plan is through VSP.

Other benefits include:
  • 96 hours of paid vacation per year (accruals increase with years of service)
  • 10 paid holidays
  • 4 personal holidays
  • 8 hours of sick leave per month
  • Term Life Insurance equal to the employee's annual salary provided by the City (maximum benefit of $50, 000)
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance provided by the city
  • Washington State Retirement System (PERS)
  • Voluntary 457 Deferred Compensation Plans
  • (ICMA) and ROTH IRAs available
  • Voluntary participation in the Flex 125 program
  • 1% Accreditation pay

I understand that in order for my application to receive every consideration in the selection process, I must complete the following supplemental questionnaire for this position. The information I provide will be reviewed and used to determine whether or not I am among the best qualified applicants selected to move forward in the selection process. Unanswered questions, incomplete responses, false statements, omissions, or partial information may result in disqualification from the selection process. If the supplemental question is not applicable, please indicate N/A. I have read and understand the above instructions regarding supplemental questions.

  • Yes
  • No
Are you a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident who can read and write the English language?

  • Yes
  • No
Are you at least 20 years of age?

  • Yes
  • No
Do you have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent?

  • Yes
  • No
Have you successfully completed a STATE corrections academy training program?

  • Yes
  • No
When did you graduate from the academy? Please note that if you have a break in service greater than five (5) years you do not meet our minimum requirements.

    Have you ever been employed as a full-time Corrections Officer with a municipal, county or state Correctional Facility?

    • Yes
    • No
    How long have you been employed as a Corrections Officer? Applicants MUST have been employed as a full-time Corrections Officer with a municipal, county, or state Correctional Facility.

    • Never been employed as a Corrections Officer
    • 0-1 years
    • 1-3 years
    • 3-5 years
    • 5 years or more
    • I have a substitution of similar work experience
    If you are not currently employed as a Corrections Officer, please explain.

      Are you familiar with our driving standards?

      • Yes
      • No
      Do you meet our criteria for having a clean driving record? (Fewer than 6 points)

      • Yes
      • No
      Have you been convicted of a felony, juvenile and/or adult, in Washington or in any other state?

      • Yes
      • No
      Have you been convicted of a federal criminal offense?

      • Yes
      • No
      Have you been convicted of a crime under a domestic violence statue that has resulted in your inability to possess a firearm?

      • Yes
      • No
      Have you ever been required to register as a sex offender?

      • Yes
      • No
      Have you been convicted of driving under the influence, physical control of a vehicle while under the influence, reckless driving, negligent driving, or hit and run within the last 5 years?

      • Yes
      • No
      Have you been convicted of a misdemeanor crime involving moral turpitude, including crimes involving theft, fraud, dishonesty, or cheating of any sort?

      • Yes
      • No
      Have you been convicted of a misdemeanor crime involving the use of violence?

      • Yes
      • No
      Are you prohibited by any law from possessing a firearm?

      • Yes
      • No
      Are you currently prohibited from driving a vehicle by virtue of a suspended or revoked driver's license in Washington or any other state?

      • Yes
      • No
      Have you ever been found, by an employing law enforcement agency, to have committed an act of dishonesty?

      • Yes
      • No
      Have you ever used the internet as an adult (18 years of age or older) to intentionally search for and access images or videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct outside of an official duty as a law enforcement officer or in the course of prosecuting or representing a person charged with such offense?

      • Yes
      • No
      Have you ever made any material false statement or engaged in fraud or dishonesty of any sort during any application process for any employment, or has an employer or prospective employer determined that you made any material false statement or engaged in fraud or dishonesty of any sort during any application process for any employment?

      • Yes
      • No
      Have you ever been fired, terminated, or resigned in lieu of termination from a position with a city, county, state or federal law enforcement agency for reasons other than those related to training?

      • Yes
      • No
      Have you ever received a dishonorable discharge from any branch of the military?

      • Yes
      • No
      Have you possessed any of the following in the last year other than within the scope of your employment: (a) Anabolic steroids without a personal prescription; (b) Club drugs, including Ketamine, GHB, MDMA, Ecstasy; or (c) Aerosols for the purpose of inhaling paint (for huffing), nitrous oxide (for whippits), or KHAT?

      • Yes
      • No
      Have you possessed any of the following in the last three (3) years other than within the scope of your employment: (a) Cocaine; (b) Heroin; (c) Crack; (d) Hallucinogens; or (e) Amphetamines?

      • Yes
      • No
      Have you ever used illegal drugs while employed by a law enforcement agency?

      • Yes
      • No
      Have you participated in the manufacture of illegal drugs within the past 10 years?

      • Yes
      • No
      Have you participated in the delivery or sale of illegal drugs within the past 10 years outside of your official duties with a law enforcement agency?

      • Yes
      • No

      * Required Question

      Register for this Job
      Drop files here browse files ...
      If Available
      Are you sure you want to delete this file?