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Detention Classification Specialist

  • Job Code: W2902
  • Pay Grade:WM
  • Pay Scale:$20.60-$37.28 Hourly; $42,848.00-$77,542.40 Annually
  • Exempt:No


Review inmates’ criminal and behavioral history. Conduct a comprehensive security assessment and evaluation to determine the level of custody and housing assignments.

Duties & Responsibilities

Note: Depending on assigned responsibilities, employees may perform some or all of the duties below.

  • Conduct comprehensive security assessments to classify inmates booked into the jail by reviewing criminal histories and alerts, medical and mental health information, and prior institutional behavior.
  • Monitor inmate population and adjust housing designations.
  • Determine initial safe and secure housing for inmates and assess inmates for reclassification a minimum of every 60 days to determine if a change in classification is warranted due to behavior, custody status, or additional information.
  • Review, approve, and coordinate the release of inmates from jail as necessary (e.g. to other jurisdictions, federal, correctional, programs, mental health facilities, etc.).
  • Process court dockets for felony, misdemeanor, and traffic court; enter updates into file and computer system and calculate jail sentences.
  • Research, clarify, or verify incomplete information on inmates’ charges or status by consulting various external agencies.
  • Screen, evaluate, and determine inmates’ eligibility for placement on trusty status to perform work assignments.
  • Counsel and respond to inmates’ requests and grievances.
  • Conduct weekly confinement meetings with detention, medical, and psychiatric staff regarding inmates’ continued placement in confinement housing.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Working knowledge of the theories, techniques, and methods of objective detention classification and assessment.
  • Working knowledge of local, state, and federal laws governing the criminal justice system.
  • Working knowledge of the Sheriff’s Office and Detention Services policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Skills in logistics, critical thinking, multi-tasking, and problem solving.
  • Ability to conduct research, collect, and interpret information and develop logical conclusions and/or recommendations.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability and willingness to work nights, weekends, and holidays.


Minimum Education & Experience

  • A high school diploma or possession of a GED certificate.
  • Four years of experience classifying inmates for jail programs and services.
  • An associate's degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Two years of experience classifying inmates for jail programs and services.
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.


Required Pre-Employment Testing

A passing score on pre-employment testing.

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. Tattoos on hands, neck, or arms must be covered with white, black, or neutral colored 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.

General Benefit Information

Benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Florida Retirement System and Deferred Compensation
  • Paid time off including sick, vacation, and holiday time
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Employee incentives for educational degrees and bilingual (Spanish) abilities
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Paid training