Correctional Officer

Frederick County, VA Government

VA, Winchester
Posted 2 months ago

Correctional Officer



$47,355.00 Annually


Winchester, VA

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$1,500.00 incentive for current DCJS Certification and/or three (3) years’ experience in Corrections!

This work involves the supervision of criminal and sometimes violent offenders in a barrier-free operational environment. Work is normally performed in accordance with established policy and procedure without constant supervision. However, independent judgment and immediate action is often required to ensure safety and security.

The Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center appreciates your interest in our organization. The agency strives to recruit individuals seeking a career in corrections.
Applications for positions are accepted on an as-needed basis. If you have questions concerning employment opportunities, contact Captain Barr in the Administrative Services Division at 540 535-3800. 

Essential Functions

The requirements for this position include, but are not limited to, those outlined below.  All job qualifications and physical requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential functions of the job.  This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise. It is the employer’s discretion to add or change the duties or requirements of this position at any time.

  • Supervise and direct the conduct of pre and post-trial incarcerated persons at all custody levels;
  • Maintains near continuous observation of inmates and activities under supervision. Enforces inmate rules and regulations for the purposes of ensuring security and safety;
  • Prepares written reports of observations, misconduct, and other incidents. Investigates minor inmate infractions of facility rules;
  • Serves as a member of Inmate Disciplinary Hearing Boards. Protects crime scenes;
  • Conducts inventories and physical counts of persons, equipment, and supplies. Issues property receipts for inmate property and funds in accordance with established procedures;
  • Inspects inmate living areas, personal belongings and equipment for weapons, prohibited substances, and contraband. Confiscates and secures prohibited items;
  • Conducts security checks of doors, windows, and other sensitive locations. Inspects security devices to include locks, keys, alarms, etc; takes immediate action to resolve security breaches; and reports deficiencies immediately;
  • Maintains logs of security checks; observations; and other activities;
  • Monitors security devices, alarms and other monitors;
  • Maintains accountability and security of security keys;
  • Escorts inmates inside and outside the facility to include court, medical appointments, etc;
  • Responds to security, medical and other emergencies. Responds to inmate inquiries and requests for assistance verbally and in writing; and,
  • Applies physical and other forms of force as required in accordance with facility policies and procedures. Applies first aid and CPR procedures as may be required.

Attributes for the position:

  • The incumbent must be capable of communicating verbally and issuing orders in a clear and direct manner;
  • The ability to maintain continuous observation of persons, activities, and surroundings is critical;
  • The incumbent must be capable of recognizing and responding to audio and visual alarms;
  • Correctional Officers must be capable of running 100 yards and immediately engaging in vigorous physical activity;
  • With training, the incumbent must be capable of applying physical force; rendering first aid and CPR; and qualifying to Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) standards with a Detention Center-issued pistol and shotgun; and,
  • With training, the incumbent must be tolerant of short-term, indirect exposure to aerosol and liquid OC.

Typical Qualifications

Candidates must meet the following Minimum Qualifications:

  • Be at least twenty-one years of age upon date of employment;
  • Citizen of the United States;
  • High school diploma or GED;
  • Drug free and no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions; and,
  • Successfully pass the established pre-employment screens that include but are not limited to NRADC Physical Agility Test, fingerprinting, polygraph examination and medical clearance.

Automatic disqualifiers:

  • Drug use of any kind after age 30 or within the last three years;
  • Drunk Driving or DUI conviction within the last three years;
  • Misdemeanor conviction involving moral misconduct or indecency after age 30 or within the last five years;
  • Any domestic assault or domestic violence conviction;
  • Driver’s license suspension or revocation within the last three years; or,
  • Incomplete Application: all application documents, including the NeoGov profile, must be completed solely by the applicant and that any false, misleading, inaccurate and/or incomplete responses may disqualify you from the application process.

Supplemental Information

Application Process:

The Adult Detention Center recruitment and selection process supports the County of Frederick Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Plans. Applicants must successfully complete the following phases:

  • Submit completed application
  • Criminal History Review
  • Driving record review
  • Pre-screening interview
  • Pre-Employment Physical Agility Test
  • Polygraph examination
  • Background interview and investigation
  • Conditional offer of employment
  • Medical Physical
  • Final approval by Superintendent

Should you like to visit the facility, arrange a tour by calling

Administrative Services at 540-665-6374. 

The County’s EEO Utilization Report has been available at


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