Bedford County Government
  • 05-Mar-2021 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Shelbyville, TN, USA
  • Full Time

Corrections Officer

Bedford County, Tennessee

Department: Jail Full/Part Time: Full Time

Position: Corrections Status: Non-Exempt

Job Summary: The Corrections Officer is responsible for maintaining the security of the jail by supervising the inmates and following the established policies and procedures, all while protecting the rights of the inmates. Instructions to the employee are specific however independent judgement is sometimes used to complete assigned tasks. The employee is required to learn and implement safety procedures and policies. The employee reports immediately to the Bedford County Jail Division Shift Sergeant and is under the direction of the Bedford County Jail Division Administrator and under the overall direction of the Bedford County Sheriff.

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 the job.

  • Ability to restrain if necessary an inmate for the safety and wellbeing of the inmate and others using only approved policies and procedures
  • Ability to walk and stand for the majority of the day
  • The employee will be required to sit, bend, and stoop
  • Strong visual inspection skills
  • The position may require physical activity that includes but is not limited to the lifting of objects

Work Environment:

  • Work environment can be loud and noisy
  • Work environment involves exposure to potential fights among inmates which require the constant implementation of security and safety protocol
  • exposure to health risks; exposure to bodily fluids
  • Work is performed primarily indoors

Essential Functions:

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Supervises inmates and maintains a high level of security within the jail
  • Supervision of inmates and inmate activity in detention facilities
  • Completes the receiving and processing of all new inmates.
  • Searches all inmates coming to and leaving the jail facility.
  • Maintains the jail log and records as directed.
  • Conducts head counts and welfare checks as directed.
  • Makes periodic walk through checks, security checks of all inmate living quarters and common areas, reporting findings in a log.
  • Inspects all security devices within his or her control at least once during their shift and records results in the log.
  • Reports any damage of jail property to the Shift Sergeant assigned and reports findings in a log.
  • Requests necessary supplies needed to maintain the facility from the Shift Sergeant.
  • Fills out and delivers all disciplinary reports and grievances to the Shift Sergeant.
  • Complete all inmate records and requests and delivers to Shift Sergeant assigned.
  • Reviews the jail log, previous shift reports and notice logs before assuming duty to update themselves on the current jail activities and problems occurring during the previous shift(s).
  • Conducts shakedown inspections as directed.
  • Uses minimum force necessary to maintain inmate security, officer security, and jail facility security.
  • Supervises the cleaning of inmate living quarters and common areas during their shift.
  • Ensures that inmates practice good personal hygiene, to include the passing out of clean clothing and personal hygiene items as needed.
  • Supervise the feeding of inmates.
  • Supervise the delivery of medication to inmates
  • Supervise scheduled inmate activities and programs.
  • Acts as unarmed escort for low risk inmate movements.
  • Acts as back-up officer anywhere in or out of the jail as directed.
  • Make recommendations to the Shift Sergeant regarding changes in inmate security classifications and conditions

Additional Functions:

Any one position may not include all of the listed duties or duties to be assigned and performed by the employee

  • Performs any additional duties assigned by the Jail Administrator
  • Regular attendance
  • Ability to get along with coworkers
  • Enforces and implements all facility security and safety precautions, polices, and procedures

Minimum Qualifications:

Education/Experience: High school diploma or GED; completed or ability to complete the Basic Correctional Officer training program within the first year of employment; prior experience preferred

Language skills: Effectively communicate with superiors and inmates

Mathematical skills: Basic math skills i.e., headcounts, timesheets

Reasoning ability: When communicating with inmates, ability to follow the policies and procedures

Other qualifications: Able to write reports accurately; must be at least 18 years old; must have a valid Tennessee driver's license


The job description for the position of Correction Officer for the Division of Bedford County Jail (Full-Time) describes the duties and responsibilities for employment in this position. I acknowledge that I have received this job description and understand that it is not a contract for employment. I am responsible for reading this job description and complying with all job duties, requirements, and responsibilities, and any subsequent revisions.

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