Detention Services Security Officer

Dakota County
Full Time 12 per week $53,925 - $84,258 Per year MN Hennepin County Human Services, 525 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415, United States Apply before 5/23/2024 4:30


General Description

POSTING TYPE: Open Competitive
HOURS: M-F, Full-time
HIRING RANGE: $53,925- $60,666 /year (grade 106)
SALARY RANGE: $53,925- $84.258  /year
CLOSE DATE: 4:30 p.m. on 5/23/2024

The primary responsibility of a Detention Services Security Officer is to provide building security at the judicial center in Hastings, the Western Service Center in Apple Valley, and the Northern Service Center in Mendota Heights.  In addition, you may be asked to assist detention services deputies with specific tasks and duties to create efficiency and improve services for the Office and community. A Detention Services Security Officer may be asked to perform security in courts and escort prisoners providing security as needed.   A Detention Services Security Officer will also be expected to respond to emergencies, enforce rules, and laws as directed. This position will be Monday-Friday working 8-hour shifts, Monday-Thursday, or Tuesday- Friday 10-hours shifts depending on assignment.  This position will require you to successfully pass a comprehensive background investigation; medical, and drug screening.  

Dakota County is Minnesota’s third-largest county in the south metro area and home to more than 443,341 residents.  Our motto is “Be More” and we strive every day to achieve excellence in public service, with a focus on four values: Service, Integrity, People, and Innovation!

This opportunity will be unique where you get to work with some of the most respected law-enforcement officers in the profession and provide you an opportunity for professional growth in the Criminal Justice field.  The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office is a place where you can build a career of a lifetime with unlimited opportunities.  We will support you and give you meaningful challenges within a culture grounded by personal growth and well-being.  We prioritize diversity and believe in collaboration, growth, and mobility.  We hold each other accountable and expect everyone to take an active role in problem-solving.  We believe in serving the members of our community by listening to the voices of others and treating them with dignity and respect.


  • Medical (contributed to by employer)  
  • Dental (contributed to by employer)  
  • Vision  
  • Basic Life Insurance  
  • Supplemental Life Insurance  
  • Short-Term Disability  
  • Long-Term Disability  
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (Health Care and Dependent Care)  
  • Retirement-PERA pension  
  • 11 paid holidays and 1 floating holiday  
  • Three weeks paid parental leave  
  • Bilingual pay  
  • Carry over unused flex vacation year to year  
  • Higher accrual rate for those with 10+ years of experience
  • Facial hair and tattoos allowed, per policy  
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program – Peer Support Team, On-site Fitness Center, Annual Wellness Check-in, and Employee Assistance Program benefits  
  • Cutting edge equipment  

Minimum Qualifications

High School Graduation/GED AND Two years of full-time work experience from any industry or employer. Convert any part-time experience to full years (i.e. 20 hours per week for 2 years equals 1 year full-time). Do not round up years of experience (i.e. 2 yrs. 9 mos. would equal 2 years).
A combination of post-high school education (i.e. completed coursework with an unfinished degree) AND full-time work experience from any industry or employer to total two years.
  A completed 2 or 4-year degree in any field.

Duties & Responsibilities

These examples do not include all possible tasks in this work and do not limit the assignment of related tasks in any position of this classification. Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required for all positions.

  1. Considerable ability to work effectively while under stressful situations.
  2. Ability to effectively author reports stating complete facts while lacking opinions.
  3. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  4. Ability to lift, carry, or drag objects/people weighing up to 100 pounds when responding to emergencies.
  5. Knowledge of State, County, and Federal statutes, rules, and regulations.
  6. Ability to deal with inmates, co-workers, and the public fairly and respectfully.
  7. Ability to solve varied and diverse problems that require deductive reasoning skills.
  8. Ability to see, hear, and remember facts, people, and circumstances.
  9. Knowledge of various medical supplies including an oxygen kit, defibrillator, and tourniquet.
  10. Ability to work independently with little supervision, self-motivated.
  11. Ability to maintain a state of physical fitness to effectively be able to perform the duties of the assignment.
Candidates for employment with the Dakota County Sheriff's Office must be able to comply with Minnesota Administrative Rule, 6700.0700 Minimum Selection Standards, including all candidates shall be a citizens of the United States.
 All visible tattoos will be reviewed and recommended to the Sheriff if they should be allowed. Tattoos may require covering if they are determined to be unsightly, or offensive or a job assignment requires it. Visible tattoos on the ears, head, face, neck, or any portion of the hand area are prohibited.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities and Work Environment

General Responsibilities

  • Building Security at all three Judicial Centers (primary)
  • Conducts foot patrol, interior and exterior premise checks, and monitors door security.
  • Assists with building emergency response procedures (medical, fire, severe weather, bomb threats, etc.)
  • Engages the public and staff to build and maintain positive working relationships.
  • Observe and report any building, health, and safety issues to the proper personnel.
  • Performs proactive security activities and responds to calls for service as appropriate.
  • Attends meetings involving any emergency or security issues.
  • Monitors activity in person and via the security cameras.
  • Escorts inmates between the jail and court holding.
  • Supervises inmates while in court holding.
  • Maintains safety at the courthouse by assisting at the Point of Entry.
  • Answers phones and monitors courtroom security cameras at the court security desk.
  • Monitor radio and respond to calls for service or emergencies as needed.
  • Provides courtroom security and decorum as directed by supervisor.
  • Performs proactive security activities and responds to calls for service as appropriate.
  • Utilizes appropriate restraints, escort, and supervision procedures when dealing with inmates.
  • Transports prisoners to the county jail.
Work Environment
Work is performed in a county office building, court holding facility, hospital facility, and transport vehicles. Travel is required. Lifting 10 to 50 pounds daily, carrying 25 pounds daily, pushing/pulling/lifting over 100 pounds weekly.  Standing or walking 8 to 12 hours daily. Running and kneeling frequently in response to emergencies or disturbances.   Exposure to disagreeable odors (e.g., body odors, dirty clothing, human feces), body fluids, hazardous chemicals, communicable diseases (e.g., TB, hepatitis, AIDS), mentally unstable individuals, and individuals under the influence of controlled substances. Exposure to atmospheric conditions such as fumes, odors, dust, gases, and poor ventilation; hazardous materials such as chemicals, blood, and other body fluids. Equipment used may include but is not limited to, a computer, printer, telephone, calculator, 2-way radios, body-worn camera, chemical agents, handcuffs, restraints, copy and fax machines, alco sensor, first aid kit, defibrillator, oxygen, and Minnesota Rule 2911. Additional physical/mental requirements that occur may not be listed above but are inherent in performing the position's essential functions.

Selection Process
  • You submit an online application that includes supplemental questions
  • We assign you a score based on your qualifications 
  • Top scoring candidates are referred to the hiring manager for interview consideration
  • We conduct interviews and reference checks before extending an offer 
  • We extend an offer and conduct background checks