Detention Services Officer positions hold the status of sworn, peace officers in the Probation Department. (Please see the Requirements and Special Requirement Information sections for additional information on peace officer requirements and the Background Investigation process).
Positions supervise the activities of minors who are detained in juvenile halls. Incumbents serve as a member of a small team responsible for the order and security of a unit of probation youth, transports minors to medical care facilities and/or courts or other locations, and provides situational counseling, as necessary. Detention Services Officers must be able to physically restrain combative probation youth.
Essential Job Functions
- Supervises detained probation youth in their activities within the unit, on work assignments, during recreation periods, on medical or dental appointments, or awaiting court appearances.
- Maintains order and control of a unit and takes appropriate action in connection with rule infractions or other disturbances.
- Maintains institutional security and takes appropriate action to prevent escapes.
- Supervises the movement of probation youth within and outside the facility.
- Controls and restrains combative or emotionally disturbed probation youth.
- Observes and records the behavior of probation youth and confers with the supervisor about problematic probation youth.
Completion of 60 semester* or 90 quarter* units from an accredited college including course work in the behavioral or social sciences such as psychology, sociology or criminology.