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Correctional Officer

Posted on: January 3, 2023

Website South Dakota Department of Corrections

This is a Full-Time 80 Hours in two weeks position with the Department of Corrections. For more information on the Department of Corrections, please visit https://doc.sd.gov/.

Are you ready for a new, challenging and rewarding career that allows you to assist people in making positive life changes? The South Dakota, Department of Corrections is looking for individuals who are confident, assertive, independent, motivated, and act with integrity to fill positions as Correctional Officers.

We will provide you with a paid, comprehensive 8-week training program to ensure you have the knowledge and skills needed to perform the important work of affecting change in offenders from incarceration to successful release into the community.

Service as a Correctional Officer  is an excellent way to begin a law enforcement career and to gain supervisory experience.

In this role you will help maintain custody of inmates at the South Dakota State facilities by enforcing institution operations memoranda and procedures to ensure the safety and security of the inmates and employees and that confinement conditions are maintained.

Individuals selected for the position will be required to have direct (level 1) exposure to OC spray and demonstrate proficiency with two types of firearms (handgun and shotgun) prior to graduating from the basic Correctional Officer training program.

Job Functions:

Maintains control and order in the institution by observing inmates and by enforcing institution operations memoranda and procedures to ensure inmate and staff security.
Conducts inmate counts and maintains count book to account for all inmates at all times.
Supervises inmates by assigning duties and monitoring work and recreation to maintain order in the institution.
Works in an assigned specialty position to assist in maintaining security and provide services to all inmates.
Confiscates contraband by searching inmates, living quarters, the institution and visitors to maintain security.
Monitors and controls the institution gates and cell doors to control inmate movement and to prevent inmate escapes.
Distributes and monitors security keys, radios, inmate property, warehouse supplies, vehicles, mail, tools, restraints, chemical agents, and firearms in accordance with policy and procedures.
Responds to emergencies such as fights, behavioral incidents and medical emergencies.
Performs other work as assigned.
Questionnaire: Applicants will be required to answer a series of job-related questions when applying for this position.

The ideal candidate will have:

Knowledge of:

English grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Ability to:

understand and apply instructions;
communicate information clearly and concisely;
observe and recall inmate behavior, surroundings, and events;
stand and walk without rest for prolonged periods;
perform duties in enclosed and confined spaces;
perform duties in all types of weather;
respond to emergencies quickly;
exercise tact and discretion in dealing with others.
This position is eligible for Veterans’ Preference per ARSD 55:10:02:08.

To apply for this job please visit bhr.sd.gov.