JOB POSTING: Correctional Officer

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Hammond Police Department

Job Title:

Correctional Officer

Date Requested:

March 15, 2023

Date Needed:



$47,380.00 per year/full-time/three shifts
$49,646.00 after one year probation or 3 years experience

Job Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED (General Equivalency Diploma)
  • Ability to pass an FBI/NCIC (Federal Bureau of Investigation/National Information Center) criminal history screening and Hammond Police Department background check
  • Ability to pass Standard Aptitude Test, Typing Test of 25 correct words per minute, Physical Agility Test, Voice Stress Analysis, Psychological Test, Drug Screening, and Oral Interview
  • Within one year of hire (probationary period), must pass the following:
    • 40 hour Correctional Officer Course at NILEA
    • Taser Certification
    • Physical Tactics/Use of Force Course
    • PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act)
    • De-Escalation Techniques
    • IDACS Certification
    • CPR Certification/First-Aid/Fire Safety Course
    • Basic Fingerprint Training
  • Ability to read, analyze, follow and interpret technical procedures or governmental regulations
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from Public Safety Officers, Co-workers and the General Public
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form
  • Must live in Hammond at time of hire (Ordinance 8620)

Job Duties

  • Shall report to the Booking Area ready to start on time, will assist Desk Lieutenant as directed
  • Shall assist with the booking and bonding of detainees
  • Ability to prepare court paperwork for Prosecutor’s Office
  • Record personal property of prisoners and seal property in envelope
  • Maintain prisoner wall board
  • Shall be responsible for ordering and serving food to detainees in the Hammond City Jail
  • Fingerprints, photographs and searches prisoners
  • Shall remove and escort prisoners from their cells as directed
  • Shall permit persons to visit detainees as directed
  • Shall make visual check of all detainees on a regular basis, based on jail policy
  • Shall be called upon to assist with any detainee confrontations involving the use of physical force and potential exposure to infectious disease
  • Wash, dry and fold prisoner laundry
  • Lunch and dinner breaks are not given on a regular basis – Correctional Officers are required to stay in the jail for breaks, unless manpower allows them to leave the building
  • Empty garbage, nominal cleaning is required: cleaning booking area (vacuum, counters, etc.)
  • Should be able to perform all tasks the booking supervisor does on any given day; this excludes the legal knowledge/experience the police obtain over the years
  • Any and all other duties assigned by Booking Lieutenant

Physical Demands      

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

  • While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to talk & hear
  • The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk and reach with hands and arms
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to ten (10) pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, color vision and the ability to adjust focus

Physical Agility Requirements

  • Sit-ups: maximum amount in one a minute period; minimum amount (25)
  • Push-ups: maximum amount in a two minute period; minimum amount (21)
  • Dummy Drag: 200 feet – 90 pounds (45 seconds)
  • 300 meter sprint: Timed minimum (81 seconds)

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
Hiring will be done in accordance with Hammond City Ordinance #8620 as it pertains to the residency requirement.
Position will be posted internally from March 15, 2023 until March 21, 2023. If the position is not filled internally, it will be held open for external applications an additional ten (10) working days. The position will remain posted until filled or no more than ten (10) days.