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Detention Deputy

Pay Range: $17.94 per hour ($37,315)


The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office is seeking qualified law enforcement candidates to be a part of our professional law enforcement team. We are currently accepting applications for an exceptional person to be a DETENTION DEPUTY.


The position is 40 hours a week, rotating shifts including nights, weekends and some holidays. Starting salary is $17.94 per hour; Salary increase to $20.10 ($41,808) upon POST certification. GREAT BENEFITS including medical, dental, vision, life and PERSI retirement. Applicants must pass physical and written testing, background investigation, and oral interviews. Good Character and clean background required. Experience preferred but not required.


Applicants must possess superior communication skills, unimpeachable integrity, and a strong commitment to public service and to the community that we serve. Additionally, they must meet the following minimum requirements:

Commissioned Detention Deputy:

Must be a U.S. citizen, 21 years of age, be able to obtain a valid Idaho driver’s license, and have a high school degree or equivalency. Please see main career page on website for additional minimum requirements.


An Application for Employment and Personal History Questionnaire are available as printable download from the main Career Opportunities page. To apply submit both completed, signed and notarized hiring documents to:



Atten: Holly Carter

1650 Aviation Drive

Hailey, ID 83333


For additional questions please Contact our Hiring Coordinator, Holly Carter @ (208)788-5536 or

 General Statement of Duties:
Detention Deputy I is an entry level officer position who, while working toward certification, oversees the activities and care of incarcerated public offenders in the Blaine County Detention Center, a branch of the Sheriff’s Office.  Upon receiving a basic detention POST certification a Detention Deputy I is promoted to a Detention Deputy II.


Primary Job Responsibilities:
• Responds to and serves the public with courteous good will;
• Receives on-the-job training in incarceration regulations/procedures and on how to perform the functions of the Detention Deputy position;
• Ensures compliance with rules and regulations of Jail activities;
• Provides a safe environment for prisoners and employees of the Sheriff’s department;
• Ensures the jail facility is secure at all times;
• Books and releases prisoners into jail by use of the computer;
• Processes arrested suspects to include taking their photographs and obtaining a legible set of inked and scanned fingerprint impressions.
• Distributes supplies to each cell, changes inmates’ laundry, and delivers commissary items to inmates, etc.;
• Conducts searches for contraband including but not limited to cells, people, vehicles, mail items, objects capable of concealing contraband, buildings and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time and/or detaining people;
• Secures personal belongings of the prisoners;
• Receives bond money and processes prisoners bonding out;
• Supervises inmate workers inside the Detention Center;
• Maintains reports on accidents or incidents occurring in the jail;
• Maintains log of the number of inmates per shift and all shift activities;
• Serves as courtroom bailiff as needed;
• Operates a law enforcement vehicle for long periods of time during both the day and night; in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow;
• Operates technical systems for security of the facility including but not limited to cameras, doors, and intercoms from Central Control within the facility;
• Engages in law enforcement detention functions that include such things as working in confined areas, rotating shifts, physically restraining inmates and checking the doors and windows of buildings to ensure they are secure;
• Conducts visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time;
• Detects and collects evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses or administrative violations; and detect the presence of conditions such as smoke, unusual or excessive noise, odors, etc.;
• Effectively restrains an inmate, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints; subdue resisting inmates using maneuvers and resort to the use of hands and feet and other approved devices in self-defense;
• Pursues fleeing inmates and performs rescue operations and other duties which may involve quickly entering and exiting secured areas; lifting, carrying and dragging heavy objects; climbing up to and down from elevated surfaces; climbing through openings; jumping over obstacles; crawling in confined areas; and, using physical force to gain entrance;
• Endures verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of inmates and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment;
• Transports and escorts prisoners, detainees, and committed mental patients using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints. Transports inmates to and from court appearances, dental visits and facility transfers;
• Administers drug and/or Intox testing for probation, parole, and work release inmates;
• Puts on and operates a self -contained breathing apparatus and extinguishes small fires by using a fire extinguisher and other appropriate means;
• Provides crisis intervention functions to include counseling, suicide prevention, recognizing abnormal behavior and taking appropriate action;
• Breaks up fights and affrays;
• Possesses sufficient dexterity to manipulate keys and keyboards, operate levers and buttons, manually operate heavy doors and to count, collect and inventory small items;
• Reads computer and camera screens, court and other legal and non-legal documents, distinguish colors, and exercise full field of vision while supervising inmates;
• Assists physicians in inspection of unclothed inmates with exposure to body fluids, wastes and possible encounter with deceased persons;
• Ensures inmates receive a proper diet and provides general supervision of kitchen area and preparation of food.
• Assists medical department when needed with administration of medicine packets to appropriate inmate;
• If needed, can perform rescue functions at accidents, emergencies and disasters to include standing for long periods of time, administering basic emergency medical aid, lifting, dragging and carrying people away from dangerous situations and securing and evacuating people from confined areas;
• Performs other related duties as required;

Job Specifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job responsibilities provided the individual can meet the Idaho POST Academy professional standards.
Education and Work Experience:
• A High School Diploma or GED Equivalent required;
• Have a minimum of two years of any combination of responsible work experience, military service, education, or any other productive activity;
Language Skills:
• Effectively communicates with inmates and the public, including minors, by giving information and directions, mediating disputes and advising of rights and processes;
• Reads and comprehends legal and non-legal documents, including the processing of such documents as medical instructions, commitment orders, summons and other legal writs;
• Communicates effectively and coherently with other officers, inmates and public in person, over radio or existing communication systems;  Demonstrates communication skills in court and other formal settings;
• Prepares investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations, to include filing, alphabetizing and labeling;
Mathematical Skills:
• Ability to work with basic mathematical concepts and apply concepts to practical situations;
Reasoning Ability:
• Exercises independent judgment in determining the appropriate classification of inmates and assessing and responding to the needs of special populations;
• Gathers information in criminal and administrative investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects and confidential informers and exercise independent judgment by determining when probable cause exists to recommend disciplinary action;

Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Possess a valid Idaho State Driving License;
• Must successfully complete JTO training;
• Must receive POST Detention Academy basic certificate within twelve (12) months of hire;
• Ability to perform primary job duties with efficiency and accuracy;
• Firearms qualification preferred;
• Meets all Minimum Standards, Hiring Qualifications and Training Standards;
• Ability to successfully pass hiring written examination and oral board interview;


Essential Physical Abilities:
• Position involves heavy lifting, pulling or dragging (at least 200 lbs.), pushing, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, standing, reaching, walking, pulling, manual dexterity to operate office machines, grasping, talking, and hearing;
• Ability to physically restrain violent prisoners and work in stressful/dangerous conditions;
• Ability to pass POST physical standards and department physical standards;


Working Environment
• Ability to perform duties under physical duress and (emotional/mental) stress;
• Life threatening conditions are possible;


Equal Opportunity Employer:
Blaine County is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

This job description indicates, in general, the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities and other essential functions (as covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act) expected of the incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required. Employee may be asked to perform other duties as required.

Holly Carter, Hiring Coordinator

Application available on main careers page




Blaine County Sheriff’s Office

1650 Aviation Drive

Hailey, Idaho 83333

Phone: 208-788-5555

Fax: 208-788-3592