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The Public Safety Officer, under supervision, supervises the conduct of prisoners at county holding facilities. The Public Safety Officer assists with and performs booking and screening procedures; assists with the transportation of prisoners; receives and transmits radio and telephone communications and dispatches law enforcement and other public safety personnel. The Public Safety Officer answers questions concerning prisoners and inmates status. This is an entry-level position in the Public Safety Officer series. Incumbents perform many assignments in a training and learning capacity. When sufficient job knowledge and work performance have been demonstrated, and completed, an incumbent may be promoted to the level of Public Safety Officer II.
Example of Duties
Depending upon assignment, duties may include but are not limited to the following:
- Supervise prisoner conduct during booking procedures, meals, and other activities, and during detention in the county jail.
- Assists with receiving, booking, searching, and fingerprinting prisoners.
- Takes periodic counts of prisoners and escorts them during movement between facilities.
- Completes logs and records and assists with reports and release information.
- Screens and distributes inmate mail and delivers emergency messages.
- Answers a variety of calls within the 9-1-1 control room, receiving and classifying calls, and determining priority response and dispatching units, according to availability, assigned geographical area and current location. Dispatches Sheriff and other public safety personnel to routine and emergency calls as required.
- Enters and clears information on the CLETS and NCIC system to assist officers with calls.
- Performs warrant and records checks and sends warrants to other law enforcement agencies.
- Updates daily dispatch logs and prepares a variety of information and report documents.
- Performs related duties as assigned.
- 12-hour work shift.
Applicants shall possess knowledge of:
- Basic correctional procedures and prisoner control problems.
- Geography of Mono County.
- General office and recordkeeping methods and procedures.
Applicants must have the ability to:
- Learn, assist with, and perform a wide range of assignments regarding the care, custody, and booking of prisoners with minimum direction and supervision.
- Maintain effective discipline among prisoners during a variety of activities.
- Communicate with prisoners.
- Learn to operate radio and teletype equipment.
- Use sound judgment in dispatching personnel and equipment.
- Think clearly and act quickly in emergency situations.
- Read, interpret, and analyze laws, rules, and regulations.
- Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports.
- Maintain courteous and tactful, but firm, relationships with the prisoners and the public.
- Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
Required Experience and Education:
- Any achievement of a passing scone on a Board of Corrections approved written Entrance Correctional Officer Examination, and achievement of a passing score on an oral qualifications appraisal interview.
- Ability to successfully pass an intensive background investigation as required by P.O.S.T. standards, including fingerprint and criminal history checks.
- Possession of appropriate physical and mental qualifications to pass a Public Safety Officer physical entrance examination and psychological entrance examination.
- Successful completion of the California Penal Code 832 training and current certification to work in holding facilities within one (1) year of initial employment. Successful completion of an 80-hour Basic Complaint and Dispatcher's Course.
- Possession of an appropriate valid California Driver's License.
Training and Experience
- Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain this knowledge would be some previous experience in working with people in a setting requiring group control. Also, completion of high school or the equivalent.
Employee Benefits for the Public Safety Officer
- Salary Range: $3,445 - $4,187 (5 steps)
- Holiday Pay: 10% (paid 2 times per year)
- Health Insurance; Cafeteria Plan covering Employee and Dependents (cost is fully paid for by the county for medical, vision and dental)
- PERS Retirement
80 hours after initial employment
120 hours after 3-years
136 hours after 10-years
152 hours after 15-years
160 hours after 20-years
- Callout Overtime: 4-hour minimun
- CTO Time: Maximum of 200-hours on books
- Sick Leave: 8-hours per month (paid out to employee after of accural of 960 hours)
- Educational Program: Job related expenses reimbursed up to $700.00 per year
- Bilingual Pay: $200.00 per month
- FTO Pay: 5% while assigned a trainee
Shift Differential Pay
5% for Relief Shift
5% for Swing Shift
7.5% for Graveyard Shift
- Uniform Allowance: $1000 per year (taxable)
Cold Weather Jacket
Flashlight, batteries, bulbs (Streamlight)
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