Detention Classification Specialist

  • Job Code: W2902
  • Pay Grade:WM
  • Pay Scale:$20.91-$37.84 Hourly; $43,492.80-$78,707.20 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, 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.

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