Correctional Officer

Office: Detention Center

Salary: $36,000 to $39,500 (depending on experience) FULL-TIME

Announcement Date: 11/02/2020



Under limited supervision, performs a variety of semi‑routine duties which ensure discipline, safety and security among inmates confined in the County Detention Center. Performs duties in accordance with federal, state and local jail laws and standards. Works under stressful, high-risk conditions. Reports to the Lieutenant on assigned shift.



Is responsible for conducting those processes pertaining to incoming subjects such as fingerprinting, searching, completing necessary forms, photographing, screening inmates, issuing supplies and clothing, supervising the phone calls made by both inmates and subjects being booked, and inventorying and storing of personal properties.

Supervises and monitors prisoners both in and out of housing units in order to prevent security breaks, riots, escapes, fire crises, disputes, etc. and to ensure safety of all people with whom inmates come in contact. Supervises inmates during recreation activities and work detail.

Assumes responsibility for all needs of inmates during detention including serving meals, providing or obtaining any required medical aid, ensuring cleanliness, etc. Assists inmates with problems they may encounter while detained in the facility. Assists prisoners with completing various forms and documents. Takes grievances, requests, etc. from prisoners. Instructs and counsels inmates as needed.

Conducts guard tours and security checks. Performs cell inspections as well as fire and safety inspections.

Transports prisoners to various locations including court, hospital, mental institution, etc. as appropriate.

Serves warrants and disciplinary tickets as necessary.

Performs a variety of duties relative to discharging inmates.

Answers phone calls from the public regarding inmates and Detention procedures.

Prepares and maintains a variety of documents and reports in the performance of the job such as the daily record log, booking reports, medication logs, incident reports, visitors log, property forms, medical forms, transportation log, etc. Maintains records on whereabouts of inmates at all times.

Operates and utilizes various types of equipment to complete daily responsibilities including vehicle, communication equipment, computer, copier, restraining equipment, fingerprint board, firearms, etc.


Performs other related duties as required.


High school diploma with training as required and PR-24 certification, basic jail certification, CPR certification, and standard first aid certification plus required on-the-job experience as a Detention Officer; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities. Must possess a valid S.C. driver’s license.



Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of machines and equipment including computer, two-way radio, firearms, various supplies, etc. Must be physically able to exert up to fifty pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Physical demands are in excess of sedentary work. Work involves seizing, holding, grasping, etc. Work involves walking or standing for long periods of time. Must be able to lift and/or carry weights of one-hundred pounds.

Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and or judge the readily observable functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things.

Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. Includes the giving of assignments and instructions to inmates. Includes the receiving of information and instructions from supervisor.

Language Ability: Requires the ability to read a variety of documents and reports. Requires the ability to prepare and complete various reports and forms such as various logs, medical forms, fingerprint forms, money cards, medical history forms, etc. using the proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech. Has the ability to speak to the general public using poise, voice control and confidence.

Intelligence: Has the ability to apply principles of rational systems such as law enforcement and criminal justice in order to solve problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information and to follow verbal and written instructions.

Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers; and determine time and weight.

Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape.

Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using automated office and law enforcement equipment.

Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, office equipment, control knobs, switches, etc. Must have high levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament: Has the ability to deal with people beyond receiving instructions. The worker needs to relate to people in situations involving more than receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under high stress when confronted with an emergency.

Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and/or hear (talking - expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing - perceiving nature of sounds by ear.)

Disclaimer: This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

Fairfield County is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, pregnancy (including childbirth or related medical conditions), or national origin. The department prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, pregnancy (including childbirth or related medical conditions), or national origin.

Our Total Compensation Package includes: 

Compensation – competitive pay, based on qualifications.
Comprehensive State Medical Insurance, Dental and Vision Insurance                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       SC State Retirement Plan Pension
Life Insurance
Long-term disability
Deferred Compensation 401K Plans
Health Savings Account (HSA)  Medical Spending Account (MSA)
Public Loan Forgiveness Program (Student Loan Forgiveness Program)
13 Paid Holidays
Paid Vacation and Sick Time, Plus 2 Personal Days
Employee Assistance Program
Professional Development / Trainings

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