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Corrections Officer

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Chattanooga, TN

  • Posted: over a month ago
  • $18 Hourly
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: vision, 401k, dental, life insurance, medical,
Job Description



To apply you MUST

  • Provide a complete and thorough employment history, from leaving high school to the present date (both full and part-time)
  • Attach to the application a copy of your high school diploma or transcript, driver's license, and social security card. If you have military experience, a copy of your DD214.

Sheriff Hammond has temporarily waived the physical agility test for 2020/2021. If an applicant, who is 21 years of age or older, decides to take and pass the test, he/she will be considered for a Corrections Officer position. If not, then the applicant will be considered for a Corrections Service Officer, along with any applicant who has not reached their 21st birthday.

HCSO HR and Corrections Training staff have tentatively scheduled the physical agility test, written test, and interviews on weekdays and

The agility test will consist of sit-ups, push-ups, and combination of climbing stairs, and a dummy drag. With the sit-ups and push-ups, you will have a minute each to complete as many as you can. Which also means if you cannot do sit-ups, you can excel in another area (push-ups or stairs/dummy drag) to make up the points. The dummy weighs approximately 180 pounds. You will be given instructions on the stairs/dummy drag on the date of the testing and that phase is based on the amount of time to complete.
Corrections training staff will coordinate with the applicant and HCSO HR to schedule a date.
The process usually takes 2-3 hours depending on the number of applicants attending.

The employment start date will depend on the length of time to complete the HR pre-employment process to include the agility test, written test, interview, polygraph, investigative background by Internal Affairs, psychological and medical physical.

DEFINITION: Under direct supervision, provides a safe and healthy environment for inmates and visitors to the Hamilton County Jail including family members, parole board members, probation officers, and other members of the criminal justice system; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. This list of tasks is
ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this classification.)

TASKS: Tasks performed by Corrections Officers in the Hamilton County Jail vary by assignment and may be placed in any one of the many responsibilities and assignments based on department needs.
However, each Corrections Officer is expected to meet a minimum standard of providing a stable, coherent, and predictable facility where inmates and visitors are relatively safe, conditions are humane and opportunities for meaningful work and/or programs are available.

Executes emergency and contingency plans; takes responsibility for safety, security, and sanitation in the assigned area

This class description provides the basic requirements of the job of a Corrections Officer. An officer's responsibilities and assignment could be in Booking, Central Control, Commissary, Court Holding,
Floors, Food Services, Maintenance, Medical, Property, Records, Recreation, Security, Sentence
Management, Training, Transportation, Visitation, and Laundry as well as any other related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Applicant must be at least twenty-one (21) years old (must be 21 in Tennessee to carry a weapon), be a citizen of the United States, be a high school graduate or possess its equivalency, which shall include a general educational development (GED), not have been convicted of, or pled guilty to, or entered into a nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state law or municipal ordinance relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor or controlled substances; not have been released or discharged under any other than honorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States; have the persons fingerprints on file with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician; have a good moral character as determined by a thorough investigation conducted by the Sheriffs
Office; and be free from a disorder as described in the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical
Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association that would, in the professional judgment of the examiner, impair the subject's ability to perform any essential function of the job or would cause the subject to pose a direct threat to public safety. An applicant must be certified as meeting these criteria by a Tennessee licensed health care provider qualified in the psychiatric or psychological fields.


  • Knowledge of ACA Standards for Adult Local Detention Facilities.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local statutes, ordinances, laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of corrections management.
  • Knowledge of the Hamilton County Jail procedures.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of the criminal justice system.
  • Knowledge of radio communications.
  • Skill in interacting with the public, law enforcement, and the courts.
  • Skill in acute observation and awareness of activities in a jail setting.
  • Skill in executing and maintaining effective relationships with inmates.
  • Skill in maintaining one's personal and professional standards.
  • Skill in operating jail equipment in an emergency situation.
  • Skill in oral and written communications.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work involves intense concentration on activities going on around one's location on a constant basis throughout the entire 8-hour shift. Employees and inmates are both subject to harm and danger with the possibility of airborne/blood-borne pathogens. The Hamilton
County Sheriff's Office promotes a drug/alcohol-free work environment through the use of pre-employment and random drug testing.

Corrections Officer Supplemental Questionnaire

* 1. To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, applicants must possess a recognized high school diploma or equivalent. Do you possess a recognized high school diploma or equivalent?

* 2. This position requires that all applicants have a current driver's license which means active and not currently in a suspended status. Do you have a current driver's license?

* 3. Do you have full-time correctional facility experience? If so, how much full-time experience do you have?

* 4. How did you hear about this position? Through social media, friends, family members, employees of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office (please let us know the name), hiring websites, etc.

* 5. This position could require personnel to - work 8 or 12-hour shifts - work any shift (i.e., 8-hour shifts 0700-1500, 1500-2300 and 2300-0700 or 12-hour shifts 0600-1800, 1800-0600) - work weekends due to assigned off days being other than Saturday and/or Sunday - work holidays due to assigned work days - work mandatory overtime Would you be agreeable to work for the
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office with these standards?

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $18.27 per hour


  • 12 hour shift

Work Location:

  • One location

Work Remotely:

  • No

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office


7609 Standifer Gap Rd

Chattanooga, TN
37402 USA



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