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This classification performs security duties associated with the care and custody of inmates incarcerated within the Douglas County Correctional Facility or with the security of the courts, judges and support staff; maintains appropriate recordkeeping.

To promote enforcement of the law by improving competence of police officers and corrections officers, Board on Police Standards and Training establishes, 1) training standards for physical, emotional, intellectual and moral fitness, and 2) reasonable minimum training for all levels of career development, basic through executive certifications. Furthermore, all appropriate employees are required to participate in mandatory department training in areas of new law updates, physical fitness, and fire arms.


(Any single position may not be assigned all duties listed, nor do the examples cover all duties which may be assigned.)

1. Maintain order, discipline and security of inmates within the correction facility; check physical condition and arranges for medical attention; accompany inmates to court appearances, physicians, hospitals, etc.

2. Book, search, fingerprint and photograph incoming prisoners; issue personal property receipts; release inmates at the end of sentence; process security deposits and releases; maintain appropriate logs and records.

3. Answer questions and interpret policy and procedure for law enforcement officials, attorneys, inmates and families and the public.

4. Assure secure work environment to the courts, judges and support staff; conduct inspections of facilities; maintain appropriate logs and records; interpret policy and procedure.

5. Serve as training officer.


Knowledge of: Considerable knowledge of policies, procedures and practices of modern law enforcement in areas of criminal investigation, laws of search and seizure, rules of evidence; considerable knowledge of federal, state and county rules, regulations and ordinances that govern law enforcement; considerable knowledge of general procedure used in court system and of the nature of legal evidence. Skill in: Meeting and dealing with a wide variety of people; safe use of firearms, vehicles, mobile radio, computer and other communication equipment, and similar department equipment; report writing and statistical data compilation. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; conduct investigations; assist in preparation of cases for court; analyze complex law enforcement problems to enforce laws, and to think and act quickly; adjust to priority changes and remain calm during confrontational situations; make decisions independently in accordance with established policy and procedures and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, other agency representatives, law enforcement agencies, judges, district attorney, clergy, schools, community leaders, committees, correctional facility inmates and the public."

Minimum standards for employment as a law enforcement officer as well as experience and training requirements for certification levels are established in the Bureau of Police Standards and Training Act, ORS 181.610-.690, and reprinted in the Board of Police Standards and Training Policy and Procedures Manual. Initial, minimum standards are:

1) U.S. citizen,

2) at least 21 years of age,

3) no convictions by any state or federal government of a crime punishable by imprisonment in state or federal prison,

4) good moral character as determined through background investigation,

5) pass a physical examination by licensed physician to meet physical requirements, such as: vision correctable to 20/20 and have normal color perception, weight proportionate to height and hearing test,

6) high school graduate or GED certificate,

7) driving record must be free of convictions for hazardous moving violations within the previous three years, and,

8) possession of a valid Oregon driver's license at time of appointment.


These classifications work under the supervision of an officer of senior grade who assigns duties and reviews work for effectiveness and conformance to policy.

These classifications may serve as training officer for lesser experienced officers.


Work is performed within established department policy, procedure and directives; Oregon Revised Statutes; Oregon Administrative Rules; DPSST reference manuals; accepted procedures within correction facility profession. Incumbent has to remain current on guidelines and uses considerable judgment in interpreting guidelines and follows procedures and policies closely due to nature of work.


Contacts and with coworkers; Sheriff; District Attorney; judges; Federal, State, and local agencies; physicians; clergy; schools; correctional facility inmates; and the public to give and exchange ideas or information; resolve problems, make arrests, issue citations, serve documents, provide services, defend, or resolve matters.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is primarily performed in the correction facility environment with security restrictions and in direct contact with inmates; secondarily in the justice hall complex facility. Physical demands involve bending, climbing stairs, lifting up to 80 pounds, pulling, pushing, sitting, standing, and walking.

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