The work involves responsibility for supervising and interacting with inmates held in the Onondaga County Justice Center. Under the direct supervision of a Deputy Sheriff Sergeant (Custody), an employee in this class supervises, maintains security and interacts with inmates held at the Justice Center, a maximum security holding facility housing recently arrested, pre-trial, Federal, State and county inmates awaiting transfer to correctional facilities. Supervision of subordinate employees is not typically exercised by this class.

Work requires the supervising and interacting with inmates while held in pods or other areas both within and outside the facility, where inmates may be located. Assignments are received orally or in writing from the Deputy Sheriff Sergeant (Custody) or higher-ranking superior. Special orders, such as directives for increased surveillance of a pod are communicated both in writing and electronically from a superior officer. Work is reviewed by observation, inspection, written and electronic communications by a Sergeant (Custody) or higher ranked officer. Periodic evaluation of the employee’s performance is conducted by their immediate superior. The distinction between this class and that of Deputy Sheriff (Custody) is that the employee is required to be bilingual and proficient in both English and Spanish languages. Does related work as required.




Supervises and interacts with the inmate population in a direct supervision setting to insure safety and security in addition to compliance with rules, regulations and law in housing pods, classrooms, inmate work sites, recreation, visitation and any areas requiring secure supervision.

Escorts and supervises inmates at activities and work programs which require them to be out of their pods; interacts with inmates on a continual basis.

Searches and inspects inmates, cells and facility areas for contraband.

Orients new inmates as to what is expected of them by reviewing the rules, regulations and routines.

Records in a logbook all details of activity within a pod, cell or activity area including visits for and by inmates, consultations with inmates, surveillance checks by staff and any unusual incidents including disturbances or inmate illness.

Reports, orally and in writing, to a superior officer, unusual circumstances, including altercations, by describing the facts and actions of all involved persons surrounding the event and the employee's role in the incident.

Transports inmates to and from clinics, courts, and other destinations when authorized by a superior officer.

When assigned to Booking, completes forms, computer entries and makes checks necessary to enter charges against a person and to hold a person within the facility awaiting disposition of those charges.

May be assigned by administration to perform light maintenance work in the event of emergency situations.

Accepts and inventories property received; fingerprints and photographs arrested persons.

Checks incoming clothing and packages to insure that they do not contain contraband.

Listens to inmate problems and concerns and when unable to resolve refers to appropriate staff.

Responds to and takes appropriate actions for inmate disturbances, medical emergencies, fire situations and other emergencies/incidents.

Keeps abreast of changes with the rules, regulations and procedures of the Justice Center.

May act as a member of a special response team to correct problems found within various areas of the Center involving emergency situations with inmates.




Working knowledge of the Spanish language.

Ability to be in direct physical contact with inmates in confrontational and non-confrontational situations.

Ability to read and understand a variety of written instructions, rules, regulations and procedures and apply them to a variety of actual circumstances.

Ability to communicate effectively with superiors on what was seen, heard and actions taken in a variety of situations.

Ability to observe and interpret inmate activity.

Ability to stand, climb and walk for extended periods of time on assigned security tours.






Ability to relate to inmates and inmate rights groups.

Ability to exercise sound judgement in all instances based upon knowledge and training gained through employer sponsored programs, minimizing potential harm to inmates and oneself.

Ability to use a computer.

Ability to become proficient in the use of firearms and to maintain proficiency.

Ability to adhere to the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.




Age: Candidates must not be less than twenty-one (21) years of age.


Education: Candidates must be high school graduates or holders of a high school equivalency diploma issued by an education department of any of the states of the United States or holders of a comparable diploma issued by any territory, commonwealth, or possession of the United States or by the Canal Zone or holders of a report from the United States Armed Forces certifying successful completion of the tests related to general education development, high school level at time of appointment.


Citizenship: Candidates must be citizens of the United States.


Driver's License: Candidates must possess a valid New York State Driver's license.




Conviction of a felony or of any offense in any other jurisdiction, which if committed in this State would constitute a felony, will bar appointment. Conviction of a misdemeanor or of any offense in any other jurisdiction, which if committed in this state would constitute a misdemeanor, may bar appointment.


Special Necessary Requirement: Candidates must be able to read, write and converse fluently in Spanish and English.



09/2007 Revised