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Municipal Jail Corrections Officer
Partially Exempt
The fundamental reason the classification exists is to provide the safe custody, detention, treatment and rehabilitation of adult inmates in the Municipal Jail. Trainees must complete the two-week Jail Management course within the six-month probationary period. During that time, employees are assigned to work with a training officer. Upon successful completion of the probationary period, which includes completion of the Jail Management course, the Trainee will attain permanent status and be appointed to the Municipal Jail Corrections Officer (MJCO) classification. Major work functions of the class are: patrolling cell blocks, securing and delivering items to inmates; observing and directing inmates in work assignments; processing inmates; and enforcing department rules and regulations. Work is performed in accordance with established department and state standards and guidelines under the general supervision of a Municipal Jail Corrections Sergeant.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS : The following list was developed through a job analysis; however, it is not exhaustive and other duties may be required and assigned. A person with a disability which is covered by the ADA must be able to perform the essential functions of the job unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. The list of essential functions is to be used as a starting point to determine essential functions for a specific position at a specific location at a specific time. The ADA was intended to be applied on a case-by-case basis with the understanding that one position may differ from another similar position. The performance of "non-essential functions" is not optional for employees not covered under the ADA.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Patrols cell blocks and halls, secures and delivers items to inmates, responds to requests or inquiries made by inmates, and reports problems to shift supervisor as required by department or state rules or regulations and to ensure the safety and security of the facility.

Provides clean clothing or supplies to inmates according to department guidelines and procedures to include towels, clothing, toiletries, etc.
Explains department rules and regulations to inmates based upon knowledge of department rules, regulations or procedures and jail operations.
Pushes food carts and trays to assigned cell blocks and serves food and drinks to inmates during meal hours.
Picks up trays, cups and utensils and returns carts and trays to kitchen and ensures all items are returned by inmates.
Delivers cash from money orders to inmates, obtains signature on form to verify inmate received cash and delivers signed statements to front desk.
Listens to inmate complaints, issues and collects request cards or grievance forms and takes inmate complaints or grievances such as requests for medical care to shift supervisor.
Reports facility and equipment maintenance or mechanical problems to shift supervisor to include problems such as electrical shorts, damaged sockets, inoperable equipment or malfunctioning surveillance cameras, lights, etc.
Inspects assigned post and cells daily for contraband and cleanliness, notes result on inspection log and assists Jail Administration with more thorough weekly inspections of cells. Indicates time when routine patrol of cell blocks are conducted by entering time and initials on log.
Observes behaviors and activities of inmates and determines when inmates need to be reassigned or placed in solitary confinement for their own safety or for the safety of other inmates and seeks approval for actions taken or makes recommendation for actions to the shift supervisor.
Releases inmates from cell block who are scheduled for transfers or appointments such as hair cuts, court appearances, medical appointments, or visitors and arranges for proper clothing.
Escorts inmates to and from cell block or appointments such as courtrooms, holding cells, visiting areas or other jail or medical facilities and returns inmate to appropriate cell block.
Takes a visual count of inmates inside or outside cell blocks to determine number of meals needed for breakfast, lunch or dinner and to ensure that the security of the facility has been maintained.
Inspects door locks and key holes of cell blocks to ensure security of the facility.
Responds to telephone inquiries regarding the status of inmates from attorneys, relatives, other departments and other corrections facilities.
Transports inmates to and from doctors' offices and health clinics.
Picks up mesh laundry bags from inmates, delivers to laundry room for washing and returns to inmates.
Searches mail for contraband and delivers mail to inmates or observes inmate opening legal mail and secures their signature to verify that they received their legal mail.
Searches inmate cells in order to locate and seize contraband.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Observes and directs inmates engaged in daily work assignments to include housekeeping operations, stocking food or cleaning supplies or special work duty assignments to ensure the safety and security of the facility.

Releases inmates from cell blocks who are assigned to work details and directs them to their assigned area.
Observes activities and behaviors of inmates assigned to kitchen, laundry, work or cleaning detail and intervenes as necessary to prevent fights or to ensure they are performing activities related to their assignments or as expected.
Provides specific assignments or instructions to inmates and oversees inmate activities to ensure work is completed according to department specifications or requirements.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Processes incoming and outgoing inmates using accepted department procedures and forms.

Assists with providing treatment for minor injuries to include providing bandages and ointments for cuts.
Takes fingerprints and photos of inmates and completes information on fingerprint card to include date of birth, address, etc. and turns card into front desk.
Questions inmates in order to determine names and aliases.
Conducts body search of inmates or visitors coming into the jail to prevent contraband from entering the jail.
Gives valuables belonging to inmates to booking officer or shift supervisor at the front desk for processing.
Inspects all personal items belonging to inmates who are entering the jail for contraband to include clothing, toiletries and shoes.
Takes personal items into inventory using knowledge of jail rules and regulations to include rules regarding cash and completes property folder.
Advises inmates of their legal rights to include the use of the telephone to contact attorneys or families.
Logs the phone number called by the inmate and secures the inmate's signature on a telephone log to verify calls.
Operates door locks in order to receive and release inmates or visitors into the facility.
Instructs inmates to provide money and jewelry taken from their possession to the front desk to be registered and locked up in inventory.
Assigns a locker to inmates sentenced from court or incoming federal inmates for personal item storage to include civilian clothing and removes items from lockers for inmates who are transferred.
Provides new inmates with jail-issued items to include clothing, laundry bag, towel and blanket and assigns inmate to an appropriate cell block.
Explains jail procedures, rules and regulations to inmates to include procedures for making bond.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Enforces department rules and regulations among inmates and administers disciplinary action as appropriate or directed by the shift supervisor according to department and state rules, regulations or guidelines.

Ensures inmates abide by department guidelines and procedures for appropriate behavior and personal hygiene to include haircuts, shaving and bathing using force as necessary to gain compliance.
Explains appropriate department rules and regulations to inmates as needed when violations are observed and secures commitment to comply.
Completes disciplinary proceedings form when punitive actions are taken to enforce rules including explaining the violation, the disciplinary action, etc. and secures inmate's signature on form.
Knowledge of self-defense methods and techniques as needed to restrain violent or unruly inmates in order to ensure the safety and security of the jail.

Knowledge of accepted methods and procedures for handling adult inmates in a secure facility and of precautionary measures related to ensuring the security and safety of the facility.

Knowledge of city, state or federal laws, regulations or policies and procedures related to the proper handling of adult inmates in a secure facility such as access to legal advice and attorney visits.

Skill at using self-defense methods and techniques using equipment for restraining inmates such as handcuffs, mace or batons.

Ability to maintain effective work relations with other officers in order to gain cooperation and to maintain morale.

Ability to reason and negotiate with irate or emotionally distraught inmates.

Ability to communicate in writing in order to complete department forms, documents, reports, etc.

Ability to make quick decisions in a crisis situation in order to handle threats to safety or security.

Ability to fairly and consistently apply department rules and regulations to situations encountered in the jail, oftentimes under stress, and to determine the appropriate actions or responses.

Ability to recognize or detect symptoms of illnesses, injuries, substance abuse, or medical problems to ensure appropriate treatment is provided.

Ability to communicate orally in order to relay information, give instructions, or to explain jail rules, regulations and policies to inmates, relatives, other co-workers, attorneys or other law enforcement officials, etc.

Ability to read and comprehend legal and court documents, and department rules and regulations in order to process inmates to include assigning an inmate to a cell block or to enforce rules and regulations.

Ability to utilize compassion and understanding when dealing with inmates or staff in order to motivate or gain cooperation or to ensure fair and impartial treatment of all inmates.

Ability to read, interpret and apply city, state and federal laws and rules or regulations to a municipal jail facility to ensure the humane and fair treatment of inmates.

Ability to observe inmate behavior or to properly question inmates in order to detect problems or potential problems, illegal activities or threats to safety or security.

Ability to determine the appropriate corrective actions to prevent or resolve problems in jail operations or with inmate behavior.

Ability to determine when the complaints of inmates are legitimate and to take appropriate actions to address complaints.

Ability to work shift work, weekends and holidays.

Ability to listen and tolerate inmates from all economic and religious backgrounds.

Ability to learn fingerprinting methods and techniques.

Ability to learn city, state and federal laws, rules and regulations regarding the safe and legal incarceration and treatment of adult inmates at a municipal jail facility.

Ability to maintain honesty and integrity and to uphold department rules and regulations while dealing with inmates or staff.

Ability to administer or recommend appropriate discipline and to assert authority in order to ensure that inmates comply with department rules and regulations and to ensure the safety and security of the jail.

Ability to evaluate jail operations and detect problems or potential problems such as inmate security or security.

Ability to make recommendations to Jail Administration such as changes to rules or policies and procedures in order to improve overall operations to include the safety and security of the facility.

Ability to assist with training corrections officers in department rules, regulations, procedures and operations.

Physical ability to restrain and to use appropriate force as needed to control unruly or violent inmates to ensure jail security and safety.

Physical ability to stand and walk for long periods throughout the jail in order to perform duties, assist inmates, etc.
Must be 21 years of age. Graduation from an approved high school, or a G.E.D. certificate is required. An applicant must have graduated and received a regular or advanced high school diploma as approved or recognized by the Alabama State Department of Education (see Alabama Administrative Code Rule 290-3-1-02). Correspondence or mail order high school diplomas or certificates are not acceptable.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be of good moral character and have no record of conviction or a misdemeanor or felony involving violence, force, or moral turpitude, or serious traffic violations. Applicants will be fingerprinted prior to consideration for appointment. Must have and maintain a valid Alabama driver's license as needed to drive city vehicles when transporting inmates.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must submit to a medical examination following an offer of employment. Employment with the City of Montgomery is conditional upon the potential employee passing a pre-employment drug test.
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