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Corrections Officer

at City of Olympia

Pay: $28.6132 to $34.7774/hour
$28.6132 - $34.7774
Posted: 11/23/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2318398
Keywords: emergency

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Special Application Instructions

  • Entry Level Corrections Officer candidates.  The City of Olympia uses Public Safety Testing (PST) as the initial step for hiring entry-level corrections officers.  Persons interested in applying for corrections officer positions should visit the PST website at: to begin the process.  Payment of a fee is required.
  • Please complete testing with Public Safety Testing by Feb 2, 2019 to be considered in the first review of applications. 
  • The Olympia Police Department currently has one vacancy.
  • This position is represented by the Teamster Union.
About the Position
The Olympia Police Department is looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated professional to join the Department. This individual will be accountable for the safety and well being of prisoners; and the safety of employees and citizens in the vicinity of the jail.

Ideal Candidate Profile
The ideal candidate will:
  • Perform quality work without supervision.
  • Interact professionally with all segments of society.
  • Work within policies and rules with a heightened awareness of safety and security.
  • Maintain composure and take responsible action during stressful situations.
  • Ability to make decisions using tact, discretion, courtesy, and respect.
Contact Information
If you have questions about the position and/or requirements, please contact Sgt. Ren Emerson-Beckman at (360)753-8093.

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

The essential functions of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Receives, searches, books, fingerprints, and photographs incoming prisoners.
  • Issues jail uniforms.
  • Classifies and houses prisoners.
  • Prepares and escorts prisoners for court, monitors prisoners in court; and may take into custody court committed defendants.
  • Release prisoners and their property according to established procedures, bail, court order, or as otherwise ordered by appropriate authorities.
  • Assigns and directs work on inmate workers and other inmates.
  • Ensures sanitary standards are maintained in food service operation.
  • Monitors prisoner well being; summons medical aid; and communicates with medical staff.
  • Maintains a log of all medications for inmates; dispenses medication according to medical instructions.
  • Conducts periodic cell searches to ensure adherence to jail rules and regulations and confiscates contraband.
  • Write reports documenting incidents and places items into evidence.
  • Monitors prisoners both directly in person and by use of an indirect video monitoring system.
  • Accesses information from a computer system, sends teletypes, pulls records for court and accesses records from microfilm.
  • Maintains and updates jail records.
  • Punctual, regular and reliable attendance is essential for successful job performance.

Minimum qualifications & Requirements


  • Knowledge of methods of jail security
  • Knowledge of jail facility regulations and applicable RCW's and WAC's.
  • Knowledge of emergency first aid procedures.
  • Skill in defusing potentially violent/explosive situations.
  • Skill in operating personal computers and associated office software programs such as word processors, databases, and spreadsheets.
  • Ability to apply general policies and procedures to specific situations.
  • Ability to manage uncooperative or violent prisoners without the use of force, if possible.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a variety of routine and emergency situations.
  • Ability to apply necessary and approved physical control of violent prisoners for self-defense and to ensure the safety of other prisoners and personnel.
  • Ability to deal courteously with the general public over the counter and on the telephone.
  • Ability to work from written and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to supervise inmates in cleaning and maintenance activities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, Department employees and jail inmates.
  • Ability use and maintain firearms.
  • Demonstrated punctual, regular and reliable attendance is required.
  • High School diploma or GED required.
  • Prior experience in supervising jail inmates and college-level course work or current training in corrections, sociology, psychology, criminal justice, health, and first aid are preferred.
  • Successful completion of the Corrections Officer Academy sponsored by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission is required within six months of employment.
Special Requirements:
  • Corrections Officers must be a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years of age at the time of hire.
  • A valid Washington State Drivers' License is required upon employment.
  • Qualification in First Aid and CPR; WCIC certification; and successful completion of a polygraph, and psychological examination, and criminal background check are conditions of employment.
  • Ability to meet and maintain physical and health standards is a condition of employment.
  • Ability to possess a firearm in accordance with Federal or State regulations is a condition of continuing employment.
  • Conviction of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence may result in not being hired or termination of employment as a corrections officer.

Supplemental information


  • Corrections Officers have constant, daily contact with jail prisoners, other Police Department employees and the general public.
  • In addition, there is frequent contact with officials and employees of other jurisdictions to coordinate prisoner extradition and confirm warrants.
  • Contacts with prisoners are negative by nature and require a great deal of sensitivity, alertness and interpersonal skill.
  • The Corrections Officer may greet the public at the counter and respond to requests for information and assistance on the telephone.
  • None
  • Corrections Officers are accountable for the safety and well being of prisoners; and the safety of employees and citizens in the vicinity of the jail.
Working Conditions:
  • Corrections Officers work in and around the City jail within close proximity with prisoners who may be physically and/or verbally abusive.