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Corrections Officer Exam

Corrections Officer Exam

Box Elder County has an opening for a full-time Corrections Officer with the Sheriff’s Office. The Corrections Officer guards prisoners in County Jail in accordance with established policies, regulations and statutes, while assuming responsibility for all needs of the prisoners in custody.


Those interested in this position must be a high school graduate as well as a graduate of the Utah P.O.S.T. Special Function Officer Training.  Applicants must also have no criminal history or record of arrests, except for minor traffic and no record of alcohol and drug use.  Applicants must take and pass the Corrections Exam with 70% or higher to be considered.  A Corrections exam date will be announced at a later date and all applicants will be notified of the date, time and location.  The testing fee will be $20 per applicant.


A copy of the job description is posted at  Interested parties should submit an application and exam fee to Box Elder County Human Resources by 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2015.  Applications can be obtained at





                                     EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


Job Description:                            

DEPARTMENT:               Sheriff                                                                                 

DIVISION:                        Jail                                         

EFFECTIVE DATE:         March 2015

GRADE:                           25 






Guards prisoners in County Jail in accordance with established policies, regulations and statutes, while assuming responsibility for all needs of the prisoners in custody.




Works under the general supervision of a Sergeant or Shift Supervisor.




  • Observes conduct and behavior of inmates to prevent disturbances and escapes; searches inmates and cells for contraband articles; guards and directs during work assignments; patrols assigned areas for evidence of forbidden activities, infraction of rules and unsatisfactory attitudes or adjustment of prisoners, and reports observations to superior.


  • Inspects locks, window bars, grills, doors and gates for tampering; employs weapons or force to maintain discipline and order among prisoners, when necessary.


  • Guards prisoners in-transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other points, traveling by automobile or public transportation as required.


  • Locks prisoner(s) in cell after searching for weapons, valuables or drugs, secures all valuables and/or drugs and follows standard procedures designated for the disposing or maintaining of the same.


  • Orders and serves meals to prisoners and provides or obtains medical aid if needed.


  • Prepares arrest records including fingerprinting and mug shot photography (identifying the prisoner and charges against him/her); may question prisoner to obtain information.


  • Supervises trustees or prisoners on work details inside and outside of jail, such as washroom and laundry, outside yard work, mowing, weeding and watering to maintain a clean and attractive environment


  • If assigned, may order commissary supplies and maintain records of commissary items purchased for and by the prisoners. If assigned may set up work release payments for inmates sentenced to the jail by the courts.  Maintains records of the money paid by prisoners that are on Work Release and submits the money to the proper account.


  • Performs other related duties as assigned.




1.            Education and Experience:


A.     Graduation from high school, or equivalent,




B.     Graduation from Utah State P.O.S.T. Special Function Certification training.


C.     This position will require a 12 month evaluation period for Sheriff’s Department.


D.     Must have good communication skills and working knowledge of the English language. Good ability to act and react with the public.


E.     Must have no criminal history or record of arrests, except minor traffic and no record of alcohol and drug use.


2.            Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


Some knowledge of the basic principles of psychology and sociology as they relate to detention of prisoners; some knowledge of elementary first-aid techniques and procedures; considerable knowledge of the fundamentals of proper search and seizure; considerable knowledge of federal, state and local laws and regulations related to jail activities.

Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain working relationships with inmates, the public and other departments; ability to restrain physically violent prisoners ability to react quickly to various situations under conditions of stress; ability to plan, organize and control the operations within the jail in order to maximize efficiency of jail activities.




The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and walk, talk or hear.  The employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle or operate objects, controls or tools; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.


The employee must regularly lift and/or move more than 50 pounds and occasionally more than 150 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (Certificates, Licenses, etc.)


Must be a graduate of P.O.S.T. with Special Function Certification and or Law Enforcement Certification.

Must be Corrections Certified with P.O.S.T.

Must have 40 hours P.O.S.T. training each year.

Must have valid Utah Drivers license.

Must be able to perform essential functions of job.

Must be able to work shift work.

Must be able to qualify with a department approved duty weapon

Must be able to complete POST 2007 physical testing standards and continued participation in BESO’s physical fitness department testing.




Formal application; Must participate in Exam for Corrections Officer with a passing grade of 70% or more;  Interview;  Be able to pass a criminal and financial background check which includes polygraph; tfinal interview with hiring authority.