The Detention Officer performs duties associated with: the operation of a jail, the booking and processing of arrested persons, and the welfare and security of prisoners.
Performs duties and responsibilities commensurate with assigned functional area which may include, but are not limited to, any combination of the following tasks:
The recruitment process begins by completing an online application - available on the city's jobs page when positions are open. Those who meet minimum qualifications may be invited to an oral board interview and may proceed to a background investigation.
The background investigation and polygraph examination focus on criminal activity; drug use/trafficking; honesty; misconduct in previous employment positions; discharge from the military service for other than honorable conditions.
Final candidates may be invited to a psychological examination; pre-employment medical examination and a pre-employment drug test. Out-of-State applicants are responsible for any expenses incurred. However, Personnel Unit staff try to schedule convenient and efficient testing and examinations to hold applicants' travel costs to a minimum.
For additional testing information, please contact the Police Personnel & Background Investigations Unit at 480-312-1933.
The Scottsdale Police Personnel & Background Investigations Unit reserves the right to change this process. All test dates are tentative and subject to change. Test dates may be cancelled on short notice. Invitations to test may be rescinded at any time without advance notice.
The Detention Officer position is a great place to start a career in law enforcement. It is an impressive employment option if you want to gain training while you work. You can expect on-the-job training, defensive tactics training, and may receive firearms training as well. You can gain valuable experience and knowledge which may assist you in testing for other positions within our department, if you so desire.
Although a career as a Detention Officer can be both personally fulfilling and rewarding, many people are not suited for this type of work. There are aspects of this position which applicants may not have considered prior to submitting an application. The position of Detention Officer often requires that the employee engage in activities and be placed in situations which many individuals find both physically undesirable and emotionally challenging.
It is important to evaluate the pros and cons of this type of work environment. It is essential for all applicants to carefully consider both the positive aspects and benefits of the position as well as some of its less attractive features before deciding to test for the position.
In order to spare you the disappointment of preparing yourself for employment, only to find that there are aspects of the job which you find unacceptable, we have prepared a checklist of job elements for your consideration. If any of the items listed below present concerns for you, you may want to consider alternate employment choices that may better fit your career goals.
If this is a position you are interested in, know that there are many satisfying and rewarding aspects to the position.
The City of Scottsdale is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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