Deputy Sheriff - Corrections
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office hires deputies with an initial assignment in Corrections. A deputy in Corrections is responsible for maintaining security and discipline of inmates; patrolling and monitoring floors, dorms, and recreation areas; receiving and releasing prisoners; securing prisoner property; preparing and maintaining reports; and performing other duties as assigned. The Franklin County Sheriff's Office operates under a para-military organizational structure.
Upon hire, new deputies must successfully complete the Correctional Officer training course held at the FCSO's Training Academy. Deputies receive an assigned shift and facility for on-the-job training after completion of the training course. As deputies satisfactorily complete on-the-job training, they may bid for a permanent assignment in Corrections. Deputies are subject to a one (1) year probationary period.
Deputies may obtain Peace Officer certification and with such certification have additional employment opportunities in Corrections which include transferring inmates, hospital watches and making arrests. Special Duty work is also available to POTC deputies. POTC deputies with enough seniority have the opportunity to bid on job postings in the Patrol or Investigations Divisions. Approximately 8-10 years of seniority is needed to successfully bid for an assignment outside of the Correctional facilities. Opportunities, regardless of assignment, also exist to participate on special teams such as the Bomb Squad or Dive Team.
The Fraternal Order of Police represents deputy sheriffs in the Franklin County Sheriff's Office regarding all wages, hours, terms and conditions of employment. Such matters are provided for under a collective bargaining agreement.
At minimum, applicants must be 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED. All applicants have to pass a pre-employment exam, drug screen, lie-detector examination, psychological exam and medical exam. Applicants are subject a background investigation which includes review of criminal records, driving records, credit, employment verifications and personal reference interviews. Preference is given to applicants with a bachelor's degree or associate's degree in law enforcement, or military or civilian corrections experience.