Correctional Officer

Job Description:  
The Minnehaha County Sheriffs Office invites applications for Correctional Officers to fill female and male posts maintaining safety and security within the countys correctional facilities. Minnehaha County offers a rewarding career in the field of corrections that includes:
 Full-time pay/hours by working only 15 days a month
 Fri/Sat/Sun off every other week
 12-hour shifts including overnights, weekends, and holidays
 Overtime opportunities
 Career advancement potential
 Paid classroom and on-the-job training
 County benefits including health, dental, life, and vision insurance; generous PTO program; extended sick leave program; retirement plan; and a deferred compensation plan.

Perform inmate head counts, cell checks, and searches. Monitor, log, and supervise inmate movement, recreation, visitations, cleaning, laundry, and security checks. Receive and release inmates by completing paperwork, fingerprinting, photographing, data entry, and conducting checks for outstanding warrants, protection orders, etc. Log and manage inmate property, money, and supplies. Exercise appropriate use of force and self-defense tactics to restrain disorderly inmates and deescalate volatile situations. Operate and maintain radios, telephones, and other communication equipment. Operate doors and intercoms and perform security checks of the perimeter, buildings, and grounds. Answer phones and assist callers with questions and concerns. Answer inmate questions and concerns and assist inmates with paperwork as necessary. Prepare and complete reports.
High school diploma or GED and one year of relevant work experience. Comparable combination of education and work experience may be considered. Must pass a written examination. Possession of a valid drivers license and must maintain a safe driving record with Minnehaha County. Must successfully complete pre-employment background process. Ability to make appropriate decisions quickly and with tact and impartiality. Ability to learn and apply the policies and procedures of law enforcement operations. Must maintain ability to be a credible witness in court. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the public. Ability to maintain a professional appearance and demeanor.
Associates degree or bachelors degree in criminal justice. Experience working in corrections. Knowledge of legal terminology.
Job Location:  
Sioux Falls SD
Salary Range:  
$17.37 - $18.71/Hour
Application Procedure:  
To be considered for a position, applicants must apply online and those who meet the minimum qualifications must complete the written examination through Once your application has been reviewed by Human Resources, you will receive a confirmation email notifying you to take the written exam. Testing sites are located throughout North and South Dakota including The University Center in Sioux Falls, SD. To schedule for an exam, and for additional information regarding the EMPCO exam, visit For questions regarding the application process contact human resources at 605-367-4337. You are not required to retake the exam if you have taken, and passed, the exam within the last 12 months. New employees are hired as Correctional Officers In Training and promoted to Correctional Officer at a higher pay grade after successful completion of probationary period. This recruitment may also be used to staff Corrections System Operator vacancies at a lower pay grade. This position will remain open until filled.

APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT: OUR OFFICE IS LOCATED AT: 415 N Dakota Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 605-367-4337
Application Deadline:  

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