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SUMMARY: Positions in this classification are responsible for transporting inmates to and from Court, King County Jail, and other regional facilities. Incumbents ensure fair and reasonable care and custody of inmates, and coordinate the EHD (electronic home detention) Program, as well as the recording, safeguarding and transporting of evidence and property. Supervises and coordinates the operations of the Property Room. SCOPE: Reports To: Jail Manager Work is performed independently within established procedures and policies. Receives general work directions from the Jail Manager. Exercises considerable judgment and decision-making in handling emergency and sensitive matters. Assumes responsibilities for assigned operations in the absence of the Jail Manager. Coordinates prisoner transports and warrants and meets with outside agencies. WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed primarily in a detention center but may involve a jail van or other vehicle, exposing an incumbent to potentially dangerous people, long periods of sitting and driving and possibly pursuing a fleeing person on foot. Pursuit situations may require physical agility and the ability to pull an object weighing 150 pounds a distance of 50 feet. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: • Coordinate and supervise electronic home detention (EHD) program: screen applicants by review of criminal histories; approve applicants and explain home detention guidelines, conditions, requirements and restrictions; apply ankle transmitter; collect and audit home detention payments and deposit with the Finance Department; document reasons for rejection; book inmates and maintain arrest files; release from home detention; submit removal paperwork. • • • Transport inmates for court appearances, psychological and medical evaluation and treatment and other activities that require leaving the jail. Transport or assist other department personnel in the transportation of prisoners to locations outside the jail facility; to and from court armed with firearm. Compiles cost and collects for inmates on EHD.



Performs the initial recording and storage, record keeping security, retrieval, and disposition, including destruction, release or conversion of all evidentiary materials submitted by uniformed and detective personnel for potential litigation or criminal investigation. Prepares property, and handles auction when appropriate.


OTHER JOB DUTIES: • Supervise prisoners’ visitations. • • • Keeps records, prepares reports, and performs other related duties as assigned. Performs duties of PSO when necessary. Determines eligibility of defendant for personal recognizance.

QUALIFICATIONS: High school diploma or G.E.D.; one year experience as a Corrections Officer preferred; or any combination of education and experience which would provide the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job. Licensing and Certifications: Successful accomplishment of written, oral and physical agility tests. Satisfactorily pass a medical exam, psychological exam and background investigation. Must pass Cooper test (physical fitness) and complete Criminal Justice Training Corrections Academy. Possession of a valid Washington State Driver’s License with a driving record free of serious or frequent violations. A driving record free of any violations related to ability to drive Police vehicles safely and effectively. A personal record free of any convictions related to fitness for fulfilling the job requirements. Ability to obtain all licenses necessary for Department equipment operator, e.g., Breathalyzer. Ability to properly use and care for firearms. Ability to obtain officially approved standard first aid certification


Knowledge, Skills and Ability: • Knowledge of criminal behavior and causes underlying criminality and the social, psychological and physical needs of criminals/inmates. • • Knowledge of computers and ability to develop effective computerized recordkeeping systems. Ability to type accurately at 40 wpm. Ability to accept and carry out explicit orders and otherwise follows critical sequences of procedures involving a strict personal organizational code of conduct and ethics. Ability to maintain composure and self-control under adverse conditions, e.g., public harassment, ridicule, critical injuries, and death. Ability to remember details, such as names, faces, incidents, identification of objects. Ability to cope with situations firmly, courteously, tactfully, and with respect for the rights of all citizens. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees. Ability to handle persons who become violent or may resist apprehension. Ability to operate effectively the Police Department’s switchboard, computer, typewriters, radio, microfilm reader printer, teletypewriter, etc. Knowledge of and ability to apply business English, grammatical composition, spelling, and punctuation to typing reports and correspondence. Ability to express self clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to perform duties and maintain personal conduct, attitude and appearance in conformance with strict policies, procedures, discipline, and the chain of command management system. Ability to pull an object weighing 150 pounds a distance of 50 feet. Ability to work variable shifts.

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The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this classification the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.


June 1999 Protective Services Non-Exempt 20334


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