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Detention Officer I

Detention Officer I

About our opportunity:

We invite you to apply to join our team as a full-time, non-exempt Detention Officer I within the York County Sheriff’s Office Detention division. A career advancement program and overtime opportunities are offered. The purpose of this position is to perform various security procedures and activities on assigned shift at the York County Detention Center, ensuring that security is maintained at all times for the protection of staff, inmates and the general public.

If a candidate is selected as a sworn Detention Officer and not certified as a Class II law enforcement officer in South Carolina, the candidate will be required to attend the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia, South Carolina for basic training. Successful completion is mandatory and detention officer candidates are paid their normal salary while attending.

Once hired, new recruits will be provided uniforms and receive paid preservice training for four weeks and agency FTO, then paid training at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Successful police academy certification must be achieved within first year of employment. Pay increases/incentives are offered after 1st year of employment, 3rd year of employment, and may include COLA and other bonuses as offered.


The York County Sheriff’s Office has in place a career advancement program, which is a noncompetitive advancement process where deputies are able to advance to higher ranks upon the completion of specified professional milestones. The program consists of the following ranks and associated pay grades:

Detention Officer (grade 204), Detention Officer II (grade 205), Senior Detention Officer (grade 206), and Lance Corporal - Detention (grade 207). This advancement program is subject to change in the discretion of the York County Sheriff.

Compensation: Pay Rate/Grade 204: $21.92 - 33.96 per hour. Additional incentives offered for experience and/or education.

Benefits: Participation in PORS: Police Officers Retirement System through PEBA (, comprehensive medical benefits including dental and vision through PEBA (, vacation leave, sick leave, eleven paid holidays plus three optional days/floating holidays.

Work Schedule: Candidate will be required to work twelve-hour shifts to include holiday and weekend shifts. Currently, the day shift runs from 5:30 AM to 6 PM and the night shift from 5:30 PM to 6 AM.

Overtime Pay: Any hours worked in excess of 80 hours (bi-weekly) are compensated at a rate of time and a half.

This position is open until filled with review of applicants weekly. Applicants should monitor email for next steps of the application process. If you wish to find out more about a career at the York County Detention Center, email Sgt. Hewitt at

Duties and Responsibilities:

-Maintains a high level of security and safety awareness at all times, ensuring the safety and security of inmates, staff and the general public through the proper enforcement of administrative and operational policies and procedures.

-Performs a variety of security duties associated with post assignment, which may include booking inmates, overseeing initial showering and issuing supplies, escorting inmates / assisting with inmate movement within the facility, controlling and accounting for inmates’ property, patrolling assigned areas, etc.

-Observes and interacts with inmates to detect security problems; maintains order and discipline among inmates; assists in coordinating daily activities and programs involving inmates and visitors.

-Supervises inmate meals, visitation, recreation and exercise, educational activities, telephone privileges, counseling, court visits, and medical attention; issues clean clothing and personal hygiene items; administers medications to inmates as prescribed.

-Maintains accurate inmate head counts and monitors location of inmates at all times.

-Performs general clerical work as required, including attending meetings, entering and retrieving computer data, copying and filing documents, answering the telephone, maintaining lists and logs, etc.

-Performs general housekeeping duties.

-Attends training, meetings, seminars, etc., as necessary to enhance job knowledge and skills.

-Performs facility and cell inspections; determines security status.

-Performs related work as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

High School Graduation or GED equivalent. 

Special Certifications and Licenses

-Must possess and maintain a valid state driver’s license with an acceptable driving history. 

-Must possess basic jail certification through the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy. 

-May require additional professional or technical certifications as deemed necessary by management. 

Applicants with equivalent experience and/or education may be considered.

For more information regarding employment with York County Government, please click here. 

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : High School

Job Function : Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security

Contact Info : Susan Whitaker, Talent Acquisition Manager -
Ashley Fay, Deputy Director of Human Resources -

Expiration Date : 12/31/2024

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