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Municipal Jail Corrections Sergeant
Partially Exempt
The fundamental reason this job exists is to supervise corrections officers and corporals engaged in the security, control and discipline of inmates the Montgomery Municipal Jail. Work involves supervising corrections officers and corporals in assigned duties, ensuring inmates conduct daily work assignments, overseeing or assisting with processing inmates, completing department forms or preparing memos and reviewing records, reports and paperwork, directing the training of new corrections officers, planning and directing daily jail activities and operations and assisting corrections officers or Jail Administration as needed to resolve problems, reporting daily activities to Jail Administration, enforcing department rules and regulations and relaying information to other Sergeants, Assistant Warden or Jail Administration. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Assistant Warden or Jail Administrator in accordance with established department and state standards and guidelines.
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: Supervises Correction Officers and Corporals during a shift using television monitors, radios and other instruments following the facility policies and procedures in order to ensure that tasks are performed correctly by officers.

Contacts officers periodically by radio to ensure that officers are in correct area and that the area is secure.
Reviews logs from previous shifts to gain an understanding of what tasks have been performed by the previous shift, what situations may have occurred on the previous shift, and what tasks need to be performed by the current shift.
Provides training to assigned personnel by demonstration and discussion or delegates training responsibilities to a subordinate to ensure that employees understand their responsibilities and are able to competently perform their assigned tasks.
Observes performance of subordinates for appearance, work techniques, and demeanor in person and via video monitors to ensure work responsibilities are accomplished and completed according to facility policies and procedures and to identify and correct performance problems.
Reviews paperwork submitted by officers such as incident/offense reports to ensure that the paperwork is accurate and complete.
Responds to requests for information or questions from subordinate personnel.
Resolves conflicts between staff members and between staff members and inmates.
Consults with superiors to get advice on handling subordinates= performance problems (e.g., attendance, drop in performance effectiveness, personal problems).
Meets with subordinates concerning performance problems that may or may not become formal grievances and attempts to resolve them utilizing the chain of command.
Directs subordinates to resources for professional help concerning job-related or personal problems.
Issues verbal and written warnings to officers for improper work behaviors.
Writes memos of reprimand documenting performance problems, consequences, and recommendations for improvement.
Testifies at formal grievance hearings.
Approves/Disapproves leave requests.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Oversees corrections officers and corporals perform assigned duties such as patrolling cell blocks and halls, securing and delivering items to inmates and responding to requests or inquiries made by inmates as required by department or state rules or regulations and assists officers.

Ensures that clean clothing or supplies are provided 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.
Delivers medications to inmates as prescribed or ordered by the medical staff.
Ensures that food carts and trays are delivered to cell blocks and food is served to inmates during meal hours.
Ensures that trays, cups and utensils are picked up and returned to the kitchen and ensures corrections officers have accounted for all items.
Ensures that cash from money orders is delivered to inmates, and that proper signatures are obtained on forms to verify inmate received cash and files signed statements delivered to the front desk by corrections officers.
Reviews inmate request cards or grievance forms and determines urgency of inmate requests, how and when complaint should be addressed and takes appropriate actions to ensure legitimate complaints are addressed.
Determines the urgency of maintenance requests reported by corrections officer or observed with regards to threats to safety and security and determines appropriate actions to include relaying information to Jail Administration or reporting the problem to the police desk for notification of maintenance crews.
Ensures inspections are conducted by subordinates according to department rules and regulations to include ensuring that inspections are conducted frequently and that proper documentation of inspections in noted on logs.
Determines when inmates need to be reassigned or placed in solitary confinement based on observations of corrections officers or activities of inmates and takes appropriate actions in order to ensure the safety of inmates.
Ensures that inmates are released from cell block on schedule as needed for transfers or appointments such as hair cuts, court appearances, medical appointments, or visitors and ensures the inmate is escorted to appropriate location such as holding cells or other facilities.
Ensures that visual counts of inmates are conducted and reported by corrections officers as needed to plan meals or to ensure the safety and security of the facility.
Responds to telephone inquiries regarding the status of inmates from attorneys, relatives, other departments and other corrections facilities.
Ensures that laundry bags are picked up and delivered to laundry room for washing and returned to inmates.
Searches mail for contraband and ensures mail is delivered to inmates by corrections officers and that signatures of inmates are obtained to document that they received their legal mail.
Advises and counsels inmates regarding personal problems, and offers guidance or information related to services or religious opportunities available at the facility during daily contacts with inmates.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Ensures that inmates conduct daily work assignments to include housekeeping operations, stocking food or cleaning supplies or special work duty assignments in accordance with department rules and regulations.

Makes recommendation to the Jail Administration for inmates to serve as trustees to perform work details, cleaning operations or special duty assignment based on good behavior.
Ensures that inmates are released from cell blocks in order to conduct work details.
Provides specific assignments or instructions to inmates as needed to ensure work detail is completed according to department specifications or requirements.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Oversees or assists with processing incoming and outgoing inmates using accepted department procedures and forms.

Observes physical condition of incoming inmates in order to identify medical treatment needs. Makes decisions regarding the care or treatment of inmates and takes appropriate action to ensure that proper care and treatment is provided.
Ensures fingerprints and photos are taken of inmates and that proper procedures are followed by corrections officers and files fingerprint cards.
Questions inmates in order to determine names and aliases.
Ensures proper procedures are followed by corrections officers when conducting body searches of inmates or visitors in order to prevent contraband from entering the jail and to meet department guidelines.
Ensures proper procedures are followed when collecting valuables from inmates during processing and booking to include completing forms properly and placing items in locker.
Ensures all personal items belonging to inmates are inspected for contraband to include clothing, toiletries and shoes.
Advises inmates of their legal rights to include the use of the telephone to contact attorneys or families.
Ensures subordinates document phone calls made by inmates by inspecting telephone logs. Oversees the operation of door locks in order to receive or release inmates or visitors into the
Instructs inmates as to the proper procedures during booking to include providing money and jewelry to be registered and locked up in inventory.
Ensures proper procedures are followed to secure or release items such as personal clothing in lockers which are taken from inmates who are sentenced or transferred from or to another facility.
Ensures inmates are issued personal items according to department rules and regulations to include clothing, laundry bag, towel and blanket.
Ensures that inmates are assigned to an appropriate cell block.
Explains jail procedures, rules and regulations to inmates to include procedures for making bond.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Completes department forms or prepares memos as needed to document daily activities or actions taken and reviews records, reports, or paperwork completed by corrections officers on an assigned shift for accuracy and completeness.

Completes or reviews disciplinary proceedings form used to document punitive actions taken to enforce rules and ensures information is complete to include explaining the violation, the disciplinary action etc. and ensures inmate's signature is obtained on the form.
Completes department forms or reviews forms for accuracy in order to document status of incoming and outgoing inmates or daily activities to include entering information on medical screening forms or registers such as phone logs, mail logs, visitor rosters, etc.
Completes confinement summaries, work details, jail daily log reports, etc. in order to document shift activities.
Enters information on shift supervisor check sheet to include information to be passed onto, the next shift such as problems encountered or disciplinary actions taken.
Maintains work detail roster sheet in order to maintain an accurate count of the population in the jail.
Reviews the inspection logs at least every two hours and other forms which completed by corrections officers for accuracy and completeness.
Knowledge of fingerprinting methods and techniques.

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

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.

Knowledge of inmate services and procedures such as visitation, recreation, food service, medical service, and mail service as needed to respond to inmate questions and participate in the provision of services.

Knowledge of Montgomery City Jail policies and procedures regarding issues such as booking and admissions, communications, key and tool control, contraband control, hazardous materials, inmate classification, fingerprinting, inmate release, and suicide watch as needed to perform duties according to policy.

Knowledge of safety and security procedures such as body search, cell inspections, and emergency evacuations as needed to ensure the safety of staff and inmates.

Knowledge of basic patrol procedures as needed to observe inmate behavior and to ensure a safe and secure environment.

Skill at using self defense methods and techniques in order to restrain inmates such as handcuffs, mace or tasers.

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 or review department forms, documents, reports, etc.

Ability to review department forms, documents or reports and to detect errors.

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 communicate orally in order to relay information, give instructions, or to explain jail rules, regulations and policies to inmates, relatives, other coworkers, 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 tonsure 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 maintain honesty and integrity and to uphold department rules and regulations while dealing with inmates or staff.

Ability to determine when disciplinary action needs to be administered and to determine `appropriate actions in order to enforce department rules and regulations.

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 safety.

Ability to make recommendations to the 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 supervise employees to include providing feedback, administering discipline, and recognizing training needs.

Ability to observe work being performed by subordinates and to evaluate the effectiveness of work or to identify problems or training needs.

Ability to plan and assign work and to coordinate daily activities of subordinates on an assigned shift as needed to ensure daily duties are accomplished and performed in accordance with department rules and regulations.

Ability to plan and direct the training of subordinates in department rules, regulations and operations.

Ability to assist with investigations under the guidance of Jail Administration to include interrogating inmates and taking statements using knowledge of laws and regulations.

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 possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. Must have at least two years as a Corrections Officer Corporal with the Montgomery City Jail.

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.
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