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Corrections Officer

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Job Description:

This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in a career in the criminal justice field. The successful candidates will work in a modern, 1477 bed correctional facility and will function as part of a highly motivated, team-oriented group of corrections professionals. The Kent County Jail contains both direct and indirect supervision housing units. While assigned to a direct supervision housing unit, officers are solely responsible for the general supervision, safety and custody of up to 80 inmates in the Kent County Jail. Duties include observing inmate activities to detect unusual or prohibited behavior; monitoring the distribution of medication; conducting inmate counts; responding to calls for assistance; and preparing written incident reports. Individuals will conduct searches of inmates and cells, and supervise inmate workers, recreational activities, and visitations. Corrections Officers must be able to work independently, and use sound judgment in stressful situations. 

Prior to completing the application, please read the following information carefully:

Examination through Empco, Inc:

  • A written exam must be completed successfully in order to be considered for an interview.
  • To register for the written examination or for more information on requirements, test dates, test locations and testing fee, visit the Empco, Inc. website at http://www.empco.net/.
  • Empco testing must be completed and application with a cover letter and resume, must be received no later than June 1, 2018. Failure to complete Empco testing will eliminate your application from consideration.

Local Corrections Officer Physical Ability Test (LCOPAT):

  • The Local Corrections Officer Physical Ability Test (LCOPAT) does not have to be completed prior to an interview.
  • For more information on requirements, test dates, test locations and testing fee, visit http://www.misctc.org/



  • Medical and Prescription Plans
  • Dental Plan
  • Vision Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • Vacation Leave and Personal Leave Times
  • Holiday Pay
  • Contributory Defined Benefit Pension Plan


Amount of Pay:


Frequency of Pay:

per hour

Other Qualifications:

The position requires a high school diploma (or equivalent) and a responsible work history, preferably one which demonstrates increased responsibility through time and experience. Preference will be given to those candidates possessing an Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice or related field; and/or certification as a Corrections Officer in the State of Michigan; or Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) certified/certifiable. A valid Michigan driver's license (or eligibility for) is required. Must be a U. S. citizen and be eighteen (18) years of age or older. Must have good communication skills, the ability to prepare oral and written reports and be computer literate. Desire CPR and basic first aid certification. Bilingual ability beneficial. Upon completion of 12 month probation period must reside within 24 miles of the border of Kent County. Must be able to perform the essential functions of the classification and meet the physical standards required. Physical Standards: • Physical strength, agility and stamina combined with freedom from serious physical defects. • Frequent standing and walking while supervising and observing inmates. • Strength and dexterity of a degree to restrain inmates when necessary and carry inmates in emergency situations. • Good speaking and hearing skills for monitoring purposes and giving instructions to inmates and exchanging information with other staff. • Sensory skills intact to be able to detect smoke, fire and contraband carried or being used by the residents. • Manual dexterity and sensory skills to be able to use cell controls, respiratory protection devices and other equipment. • Adequate visual acuity with or without corrective lenses in each eye and adequate depth perception and peripheral vision to observe inmate activity. • Frequent bending and stooping while performing inmate searches, cell searches, etc. • Climbing stairs while escorting inmates. • Frequent reaching and turning to answer telephones, intercoms, operating consoles and making observations. In order to qualify to become a Kent County Corrections Officer, candidates are subject to detailed personal, work and criminal background investigations and drug testing. The successful candidate must be of sound character, demonstrate a responsible work history, be free of felony convictions and possess a good driving record. Applicants must be able to provide documentation of diplomas, degrees and relevant certificates and licenses.

Minimum Education:


Total Years of Relevant Experience:



Direct Supervision of Defendants



Work Schedule:

1st Shift, 2nd Shift, Weekdays, Weekends




Jails & Detention



Application Deadline: