Detention Officer (18470102)

Law Enforcement
East Bay
$60,663.00-$73,725.00 Annually

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About Us

Fremont is a well-managed and innovative city, and has recently generated national attention by placing in Money Magazine’s top 50 “Best Places to Live 2016” in the country, and ranking 4th on the “Most Family Friendly” list of California cities by Estately.  Located in the heart of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, Fremont prides itself on innovation, green technology, a low crime rate, great schools, a low unemployment rate, quality parks and nearby open space, and an incredibly diverse population of over 235,439 residents.  As a full service city, Fremont employs over 915 regular employees and has a General Fund budget of $192.2 million for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Fremont is an employer that values its people, creativity, quality service, integrity, open communication, collaboration, mutual respect, and diversity.  Employees find their work challenging, yet rewarding, and most importantly, enjoy the chance to make a difference through public service.

The Position

This critical Detention Officer position will have constant contact with prisoners to secure the Fremont Detention facility and ensure a safe and secure environment for prisoners while safeguarding their constitutional rights. Detention Officers are required on a daily basis to perform searches on prisoners in search of weapons and contraband. A type of daily search required, but not limited to, is a custody search (which involves a pat down over the clothes). The incumbent must be willing and able to work rotating shifts and irregular duty assignments; have an interest in law enforcement work, satisfactory record as a law abiding citizen; poise; alertness; keenness of observation; firmness; tact; reliability; good judgment; and a state of physical and mental health consistent with the ability to perform assigned duties.  Visit our website to see the complete job specification.

Examples of What You Will Do

- Searches and books prisoners
- Takes fingerprints and photographs
- Takes custody of prisoners property and issues property receipts
- Instructs prisoners in detention procedures, including telephone call rights
- Maintains safe and effective custody of prisoners
- Keeps and completes a variety of records and reports
- Enters and receives a variety of information from law enforcement computer information networks
- Receives bail money
- Releases prisoners when and as authorized and completes related records
- Observes prisoners for medical symptoms and initiates action to provide medical care when necessary
- Ensures that prisoners are properly fed, clothed and otherwise cared for
- Performs a variety of other duties in support of the police department detention functions


Ideal Candidate

The Ideal Candidate

The Fremont Police Department is searching for an effective team player who is able to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment.  The Detention Officer must be able to learn the basic operating procedures of a modern police department and detention facility, as well as, the laws, policies and regulations related to detention facility operation.  In addition, the successful candidate will be able to communicate effectively with people from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds.

Special Requirements

The Fremont Police Department Detention Facility is required by law to maintain a specific ratio of male and female Detention Officers to the number of male and female prisoner population (California Board of State and Community Corrections, Title 15, Division 1).  Therefore, this selection process will be used to establish an employment list to fill an immediate female vacancy and a male vacancy. This list will be used to fill any future vacancies for the life of the employment list.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and/or experience that has provided the knowledge and skills necessary to satisfactory job performance would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and skills would be: Graduation from an accredited high school (GED or CHSPE may be substituted for a high school diploma) and some public contact experience.  Possession of a Class C California driver's license at the time of appointment and satisfactory driving record is required. Failure to possess or maintain the valid required license shall result in discipline up to and including termination of employment.



The City of Fremont offers a diverse benefits package to better your work-life balance.  The benefits include, but are not limited to the following highlights:
- CalPERS retirement plan.  Classic Employees—2.0% at 60; New Employees—2.0% at 62; required PERS contribution vary by plan.  All required contributions are tax deferred
- 12 paid holidays, 1 floating holiday and 192 annual leave hours
- Cafeteria Benefit Plan of $2,022/month, for employees including medical, dental and vision plans through Teamsters Local 856 Health & Welfare Trust.  Health, Child Care, and commuter expenses can be paid pre-tax
- City paid life and long term disability insurance
- Comprehensive wellness program

Special Instructions

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The first review of applications is June 18, 2018.