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Posted on: June 24, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Detention Officer


 HOURS:                          12 HOUR SHIFTS with 3 or 4 days off per week

Application Requirements:

  • Age 21
  • High School Diploma or GED 
  • Show Proof of a Valid Driver’s License
  • Pass Physical Fitness & Written Exam
  • Complete a Thorough Background Investigation
  • Submit to a Psychological Evaluation & a Medical Exam
  • Ability to complete Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy Detention Basic training

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office is hiring for the position of Detention Officer. Candidates with or without experience are encouraged to apply.  Successful applicants will become part of a key component in the criminal justice system and can enjoy a challenging and rewarding career in law enforcement.

The detention center has seven blocks with 45 beds and has eighteen budgeted positions to include Sergeants, Corporals and Officers.  You will work with and maintain systems to include Zuercher Jail, Live Scan, Securus, Xprotect, Prima View, Swanson and Cobra.  The detention center houses our own detainees and inmates from Jackson Police Department, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations and other state, and federal agencies.

Detention Officers are responsible for the care and welfare of prisoners confined within the Jail while using proper safety methods and techniques.  They maintain the security of the facility by conducting security checks, settling disputes, performing cell searches and inspections and conducting outside perimeter checks.  Detention Officers are responsible for issuing inmate meals, clothing, linens and personal items; supervising inmate programs, including recreational, legal, health care, visitation and religious services; preparing reports on Jail and inmate activities; supervising inmates performing such assignments as cleaning and maintaining the Jail facility and continually observing locations and activities of inmates.  Successful candidates must be able to think clearly and take action in tense and uncertain conditions, while maintaining professionalism at all times.  Spanish speaking/comprehension skills are a significant asset.

The starting annual salary range for Detention Officers is $54,167.  Salary for lateral (experienced) applicants will be determined after experience and qualifications are examined and verified. 

Benefits include health and dental insurance, Wyoming law enforcement retirement and life insurance as well as vacation, holiday, sick and comp time.  Employees get use of the Recreation Center and the Town/County exercise facility and access to bus and ski pass reductions.  Opportunities for advancement are available.  The position is 24/7 and requires shift work (i.e., nights, holidays and weekends) with 12 hour shifts.   Successful applicants are employed on a probationary status for a period of one year.

To be considered for this position, an application must be completed and arrive at the TCSO prior to the due date.   Acceptable methods of delivery are Mail (PO Box 1885, Jackson WY, 83001), Fax (307-732-7131), Email (, Hand Delivery (180 S King Street) and online thru docushare.

Next Testing Date:
Tuesday, July 20, 2021            Cutoff:  July 7, 2021 @ Noon

Testing day will begin with a physical fitness assessment followed by a written exam.  See the application for benchmarks that must be met for the run, situps and pushups.  If successful in the above tests, you will be ranked based on your experience, performance in the Physical Fitness Assessment, and test score on the written exam.  Top candidates will be scheduled for an oral interview to be conducted in the afternoon.  Applicants will receive additional information about the testing and interview once qualifications are verified.

If you are successful through the oral board process, you will be issued a packet which includes additional detailed information and the list of required documents you must supply in order to begin your background investigation.  Required documents include:  copy of birth certificate, official transcripts for high school and college (if attended), copy of high school diploma, proof of auto insurance, selective service registration letter or DD214, copy of driver’s license, copy of all police reports in which you were arrested (whether or not convicted), copy of marriage license, copy of divorce decree, police accident reports taken within the past three years listing you as driver, copy of any civil judgment against you within seven years, a current credit profile with score and credit detail, copy of social security card and one color photo.  Please bring any of the above documents to the oral interview.  This will speed up the background process.

I encourage you to tour our Detention Facility before testing with us.  A tour allows you to see the area in which you would work, observe and the opportunity to ask questions. There is no better way to truly understand and evaluate the position.   If you are interested, please contact a Detention Sergeant or Corporal.   Call 307-733-2141 to set this up.

Personnel without current Wyoming certification will be required to attend and pass the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy’s Detention Officer Basic in Douglas, Wyoming.    Lateral candidates may transfer their certification if approved by POST.

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