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Benton County Department of Corrections - Corrections Officer
Last updated on August 27, 2020
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011
Example of Duties:
Receives and processes new inmates. Searches inmates; collects, records, and maintains prisoner's personal articles; reviews commitment orders, books, fingerprints, photographs, and places prisoners in cells.
Inputs and updates computer and manual files to complete incident, general, arrest, inmate, and statistical reports to ensure legal requirements are met.
Escorts or assures custody of inmates in transit to court appearances, hospitals or other medical facilities, or other correctional institutions.
Coordinates inmate control and distribution of necessary documents in the courtroom; calculates credit time for court sentencing as requested; verifies and updates court-related information on computer, such as final disposition, sentencing, and release dates.
Monitors electronic surveillance equipment and observes inmate, trustee, and visitor movement, programs, and activities within facility to control over-all security of and access to the facility.
Performs searches of inmates and facility for contraband.
Inspects jail facilities for security and cleanliness to assure facilities are maintained in accordance with established procedures.
Arranges for the release of inmates in accordance with established procedures. May assist in coordination of work release program, indoctrinating inmates into program, verifying places of employment, logging inmates in and out, and collecting and posting work release fees.
Prepares and submits written reports concerning inmate population and jail functions in accordance with established procedures.
Performs or ensures distribution of commissary items purchased by prisoners such as candy, snacks, and toilet articles, and records payment on voucher.
Responds to inquiries, complaints, or requests for information regarding area of assignment from inmates, other staff and the general public, providing information within scope of knowledge and authority, or refers to appropriate individual.
Maintains current knowledge and skills in area of assignment by attending seminars and job-related training courses.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Benton County is located in Southeastern Washington within a confluence of Columbia, Yakima, and Snake rivers where there is over 300 days of sunshine. We are a mix of urban and rural community with a population of 177,900 and cover an area of 1,722 square miles. The great weather and water make Benton County a great place for water recreation, golf, and hiking, to name a few. Agriculture, over 160 wineries, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, and numerous food-processing plants are just some of the industries that drive our economy. Benton County was established in 1905 with Prosser chosen as the county seat. The Prosser Courthouse was built in 1926 and as the population expanded, the Benton County Justice Center in Kennewick opened in 1984. The Courthouse, Justice Center, and Sheriff’s Office serve the needs of the population from both ends of the county and unincorporated areas.
# of Staff:
Benton County Department of Corrections currently has ZERO openings. This number can change at any time. We highly encourage all individuals to apply and test with Public Safety Testing as soon as possible, so when our agency is ready to schedule oral board interviews, your application, Personal History Statement (PHS), and test scores have already been received and you can be considered to participate.
Thank you for your interest in Benton County Department of Corrections! If you have any questions regarding the testing, Personal History Statement (PHS), background, polygraph, or hiring process for this position, please contact Tammy Dufault, Civil Service Chief Examiner, at (509) 737-2777 or email her at email@example.com.
Correction Officer salary range: $4,414 TO $5,724 per month, plus benefits.
Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement, education bonus, service pay, specialty pay, uniform allowance and equipment provisions. Additional benefits include EAP, AFLAC, time loss and deferred compensation plans.
Benton County Department of Corrections - Corrections Officer Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
|LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT)||
Your physical ability test must be completed 90 days (~3 months) before or after your passing written exam.
|US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident||US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident/Legally Eligible to Work in the US.|
|High School Grad/ GED||Yes|
|Driver's License Required||Yes|
|Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult||No Felony Convictions as an Adult Within 5 Years of Application.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile||Will be carefully reviewed|
|Ability to Read & Write the English Language||Yes|
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We only consider the most recent score|
Benton County Department of Corrections - Corrections Officer Disqualifiers
The following are automatic and potential disqualifiers. Applicants should not apply to our agency if they indicate any of the automatic disqualifiers. Potential disqualifiers will be considered on a case by case basis.
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