The training consists of a 2-week academy orientation, 12-week academy, and approximately 8-week post academy training. The Sheriff's Office provides all books, materials, and uniforms (excluding footwear). Those selected for hire will receive pay and full benefits during the training period. After this training is completed, the recruit is sworn in and their salary increases to the salary of a certified Detention Deputy.
Learn to maintain order and physical custody of inmates in a detention facility, courthouse complex, or other areas to provide a safe and secure environment.
Duties & Responsibilities
Note: Depending on assigned responsibilities, employees may perform some or all of the duties below.
Note for Trainees: Trainees are expected to learn the following duties while in a trainee status.
- Provide direct and remote supervision of inmates within housing and other areas of a jail, a courthouse complex, or secure perimeter as assigned to maintain a safe and secure environment.
- Conduct frequent security checks for evidence of unauthorized activities and infractions of rules, respond to situations, and document accordingly.
- Receive and process inmates from officers and the courts, maintain inmates’ property, and direct inmates throughout the intake process.
- Maintain security and custody of volatile and violent inmates.
- Observe conduct and behavior of inmates, respond to and control emergency situations, and use appropriate levels of force to control combative, volatile, or hostile offenders.
- Schedule, supervise, and cancel inmate visitations.
- Supervise the dispensing of food in a timely fashion to inmates, ensuring compliance of all health and safety regulations.
- Supervise inmates and trusty-inmate work crews.
- Conduct metal and x-ray detection of individuals and materials before entering facilities, perform necessary searches for weapons and contraband, and complete reports.
- Inspect cells, housing areas, locks, windows, grills, doors, gates, and perimeters of buildings and grounds for security purposes.
- Transport inmates to other facilities as required.
- Run daily reports as required.
- Enter information into a database to capture daily activities.
- Communicate with the public, respond to questions, and assist as necessary.
- Operate a master control center as required.
- Perform other related duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Working knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques of modern inmate care, custody, and control, and related state, federal, and department laws, rules, regulations, standards, and policies governing the operation of detention facilities and courtrooms.
- Working knowledge of local, state, and federal laws governing the criminal justice system.
- Some knowledge of crowd control defense and restraint tactics and communication procedures.
- Some knowledge of behavior patterns, legal rights, discipline protocols, and grievance procedures of inmates.
- Working knowledge of how to search for and recognize contraband and weapons.
- Working knowledge of the operation of Sally port controls, cell locks, and control panels commonly used in a secure facility.
- Working knowledge of first-aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) principles and skill in training others in their application.
- Skill in interviewing and interrogation methods and techniques.
- Ability to train others in all aspects of job duties and responsibilities.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing with diverse populations.
- Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
- Ability to work in a hostile environment of inmates and their visitors without reacting in a negative manner and project a professional image at all times.
- Ability to handle multiple tasks and smoothly and rapidly shift between dissimilar tasks.
- Ability to supervise emergency situations, make effective decisions under stressful situations, and direct the use of physical force necessary to protect oneself and others.
- Ability to detect potentially adverse or unsafe situations and react according to department policy.
- Ability to physically handle and control prisoners resisting detention.
- Ability to review, establish, and maintain accurate records of assigned activities and operations.
- Ability to use a two-way radio.
- Ability to properly use various restraining devices.
- Ability to safely and skillfully operate a motor vehicle.
- Ability to operate a computer and related software.
- Ability to work effectively with others.
- Ability and willingness to use weapons and to properly maintain them.
Required Minimum Education & Experience
- A high school diploma or possession of a GED certificate.
Additionally, the following are required:
- 19 years of age or older.
- United States citizen.
- Of good moral character.
- Six months tobacco free at time of application.
- Live within Hillsborough County or within Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Lake, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, or Sumter County as long as the residence is located within the 60-mile parameter of Falkenburg Road Jail at the time of appointment/employment.
Required Pre-Employment Testing
- Successful completion of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Correctional Basic Abilities Test (Correctional BAT).
- Successful completion of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB).
Note on the BAT (also known as FBAT or CJBAT): Applicants are responsible to identify a certified BAT testing facility, enroll, and receive a passing score. Proof of having passed the Correctional
BAT exam within the last four years is required during the selection process. The cost of the BAT test(s) will be incurred by the applicant.
More information on the BAT can be located at:
Additional Job Requirements
- Attendance at the specified Sheriff's Office work location is required.
- Depending on assignment, employees may be required to possess a valid Florida Driver License at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
- No visible tattoos on face, head, and neck. Tattoos determined to take away from the professional appearance of the Sheriff's Office must be covered with an appropriate white, black, or neutral covering.
- No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
- No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 12 months.
- No felony convictions within lifetime.
- No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
- No dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve Forces.
- Successful completion of a background investigation including criminal, reference, employment, and neighborhood checks; polygraph; medical evaluation; and drug screening.