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Corrections Officer

Job Code:  5601

Employee Group:  27


DEPARTMENT:      Sheriff

FLSA STATUS:       Non-Exempt

Job Summary:

 Under the supervision of a higher classified employee, is responsible for all activities relating to the safe and secure operation of the jail. This includes all inmate activities from intake to release, and various duties related directly to inmate affairs.  Persons in this position will be responsible for:


Basic Security:

  • Cell Checks – Makes checks to count inmates, checks on inmates’ condition, and reports damage to any jail property.
  • Searches – Performs thorough searches of all areas open to inmates to look for weapons, contraband, and damage.  Also, searches are conducted on the inmates’ clothing and bodies to find concealed articles.
  • Contraband Control - Includes inspecting inmate mail, searches of visitors to the jail, cell searches, and proper use of the metal detector.
  • Supervision of Inmates – Supervises, regulates, and manages inmate behavior by frequent and appropriate interaction with inmates in support of an overall inmate behavior management program.

Inmate Booking:

  • Intake Process – Responsible for the paperwork involved in the intake process; assess inmate risks and needs; responsible for the proper maintenance of inmate property; must supervise intake showers and perform strip searches; is responsible for obtaining photographs and fingerprints of inmates; and assists Sergeant with telephone calls.
  • Release Process – Responsible for inmate property returned to inmate; responsible for all paperwork attendant to the release procedure; and responsible for the proper method relative to releasing inmates on bond or personal recognizance.

Inmate Transport:

  • Courts – Responsible for the safe transportation of inmates to and from various county courts.  Assists Bailiff in maintaining the inmates while in court and maintaining court security.
  • Prisons and Other Locations – Responsible for the safe transportation of inmates to various state prisons, hospitals, job interviews, and other locations as specified by the shift Sergeant.

Medical & Food Facilities:

  • Medical – Responsible for placing inmate names on the doctor’s list so that they may be seen by the doctor.  Also responsible for administering first aid in times of need and must pass medication in the nurse’s absence.
  • Food Service – Responsible for providing the cook with an accurate number of inmates in a living unit: must supervise the feeding process and must count, and account for, eating utensils entering the living area.


  • Responsible for processing visitors into the visiting area.  This includes an identification check and a search with a metal detector.  Visiting is closely monitored by Corrections Deputies with visual checks.  Corrections Deputies are also responsible for escorting the inmate to the visiting area and performing strip searches after the visit.

Inmate Mail:

  • Responsible for inspecting inmate mail for contraband and for distributing the mail to the inmate population.

Electronic Monitoring:

  • Corrections Officers are responsible for the proper working of the electronic control panel which operates all doors, lights, communications system, and the fire detection system in each living area.

 Working Conditions/Environment:

  • This position is a seven (7) day per week, twenty-four (24) hour per day operation. Work schedules will include nights, weekends, holidays and unanticipated overtime.  This position involves contact with people harboring potentially communicable diseases.  May be assigned to any Department Division (Corrections, Police Services, Support Services or Administration) or any specialized unit, as needed for the overall good of the organization and its efficient and effective operation.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.

Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to exercise independent, good judgment.
  • Ability to think quickly.
  • Copy accurately and speak clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to remain calm during stressful situations.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and interact with various types of people.
  • Ability to perform tasks requiring physical endurance and agility under frequently adverse conditions. 

Physical Requirements:

  • The Corrections Officer position requires reaching, sitting, talking, walking, hearing, seeing, standing, kneeling, crawling, and handling large amounts of weight.

The following hiring standards for Michigan Local Corrections Officers adopted by the Michigan Sheriff’s Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC) must be met:

  • At least eighteen (18) years of age
  • Valid Michigan operator's license
  • United States Citizenship
  • High school diploma or equivalency
  • Successful completion of an oral interview conducted by the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office
  • No prior felony convictions
  • Successful completion of the Local Corrections Officer Physical Ability Test (LCOPAT). Test schedules and additional information can be obtained at
  • Completion of the Empco pre-employment written Corrections test with a minimum score of 75%.  Test schedules and additional information can be obtained at
  • Must be able to pass drug test screening for the use of illegal controlled substances 

Residency Requirement:

  • Employees are not required to live in Washtenaw County but must reside within fifty (50) miles of Station One - 2201 Hogback Road, Ann Arbor. 
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