Detention Officer

Rockingham County (NH)
Full Time $40,968 Per year NH 101 North Road, Brentwood, NH 03833, United States



The recruitment process for Detention Officers is ongoing. Applicants that meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on an eligible list and referred to the department. Qualified candidates will be called on an as-needed basis.

  • Paid Medical, Dental, Vision & Life Insurance
  • Onsite wellness/medical clinic
  • Onsite fitness center
  • Retirement
  • Flexible Spending
  • Paid Vacation, Sick & Holidays
  • Bereavement
  • Community Service Leave
  • Weekends Off (varies by position)
  • Flexible Work Schedules & Telework Options (varies by position)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • 401-K & 457 Plans

General Definition of Work

Under general supervision, performs specialized law enforcement work in the care and security of prisoners in the County Jail. Work involves admitting and booking inmates, ensuring security of inmates and Jail, and preparing and transporting inmates for court appearances. Employee must exercise considerable tact and firmness in frequent contacts with inmates and the general public. Employee must also exercise alertness and independent judgment in dealing with unusual situations. Employee is subject to the usual hazards of jail management work. 

Examples of Duties

Admits prisoners to the County Jail; ensures that inmates are properly booked and searched and that inmates are allowed calls to attorneys and relatives; calls bondsman if necessary; and advises prisoners of all jail rules and regulations. Secures inmates' property, properly storing and returning appropriate items upon release. Reviews logs and reports from previous shift; maintains knowledge of inmate population and cell assignments; completes activity logs and reports. Observes inmates' demeanor to determine mental state and possible need for treatment and/or closer observation. Issues linen, clothing, toilet supplies; supervises shower and inventory of supplies. Distributes mail to prisoners; provides inmates with paper, pencils and envelopes; collects outgoing mail from inmates. Inspects the cleaning of jail to meet requirements of state and local officials. Patrols entire jail area periodically to prevent escapes and maintain order.
Supervises inmate trustees in service of meals to inmates; supervises trustees in obtaining snacks from canteen for inmates; collects money for canteen from inmates. Supervises inmate trustees in cleaning of jail cells; distributes cleaning supplies to trustees. Prepares and transports inmates to and from court, visitations or medical appointments, etc.; escorts work release inmates to and from cell blocks; searches work release inmates upon return to Jail.  Assists visitors, inspects items brought to jail for inmates.  ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS May escort Detention Nurse on rounds to visit and assess inmates; ensures inmates are provided prescribed medications. May escort clergy members through cell blocks to meet with inmates.  Performs other related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from high school, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge or abilities.

Valid Driver's License in the state of North Carolina

Must be at least 21 years of age

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. If you have student loans and you are selected for full-time employment with Rockingham County, you may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on your William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan after you have made 120 qualifying payments on those loans while employed full-time by certain public service employers.  Click on the link below to see whether you might qualify.