Fort Bend County

Detention Deputy - Sheriff's Office

Job Locations US-TX-RICHMOND
Posted Date 12 months ago(6/29/2023 3:25 PM)
Job Code
# of Openings
Min Start Salary
USD $27.01/Hr.
Sheriff's Office


Ensures the safety and security of inmates incarcerates, in parole unit, pre-trial, and/or awaiting court trial while maintaining custody and control as prescribed by rules and regulations.  Participates in Planning of programs, policies or objectives for own work group and department.


  • May be assigned duties in Transport, Utility, Food Service and Bailiff Department. 
  • Conducts head count and door checks on a regular basis. 
  • Conducts strip searches as needed. 
  • Classifies incoming inmates, fingerprints, and completes required paperwork. 
  • Restrains inmates as needed in any confrontation with staff or other inmates. 
  • Maintains custody while providing a safe environment. 
  • Maintains facility and grounds as assigned. 
  • Assists in supervision of recreational activities. 
  • Supervises feeding and hygiene activities of inmates. 
  • Supervises law library as assigned. 
  • Inspects cell visually and recognizes inmates requiring reclassification based upon physical or mental state. 
  • Prepares reports as required on activities, incidents, shakedowns, searches, and other functions. 
  • Files criminal charges on inmates found to be in violation of penal code laws. 
  • Assists and/or instructions other employees with their duties. 
  • Serves as interpreter for non-English speaking inmates, if bilingual. 
  • Logs inmate activities and departmental services to inmates as litigation prevention. 
  • Notifies supervisor when criminal activity, contraband or escape attempts are detected. 
  • Recognizes signs of physical abuse and communicates to Medical Officer on duty. 
  • Participates in activities and duties related to emergency management during a local state of disaster as directed by appropriate county managers.


  • High School Diploma/GED.
  • Currently holds or eligible* to hold a Peace Officer License awarded by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).  *At time of application must have passed a Basic Police Academy and passed the TCOLE Licensing Exam.  
  • One year experience in a law enforcement agency performing peace officer, telecommunication, or correctional officer duties; or two years military service with an honorable discharge; or 30 semester credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 from an accredited college or university. 
  • Verbal and written communication skills; interpersonal skills and ability to deal effectively with the public, other employees, and elected officials.
  • Organizational skills and ability to complete assigned projects in timely manner. 
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Must maintain all requirements to be licensed as a peace officer under TCOLE rules. 
  • When duty assignment is in Detention Bureau, must obtain and maintain correctional officer certification per TCOLE rules (this is not a prerequisite to assignment, may be completed after assignment starts).
  • Must complete a Modified Field Training Officer Program.


STARTING SALARY:  $27.01 per hour

CLOSING DATE:  Upon Filling Position


To be considered for employment, all interested candidates must complete the required Fort Bend County online employment application located at




All full-time and part-time employees are members of the Texas County District Retirement System (TCDRS). Full-time employees also enjoy a wide-range of great benefits.


Fort Bend County is an equal opportunity employer, committed to non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, religion or creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy status (including childbirth and related medical conditions), national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, age (40 and over), physical or mental disability, genetic information, protected military and veteran status, political affiliation or beliefs, or any other classification protected by state, federal  and local  laws, unless  such classification is a bona fide occupational qualification.


For more information on Fort Bend County's Title VI / Nondiscrimination Statement, visit


Fort Bend County is committed to providing equal opportunity and reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities. FBC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state and local laws regarding disability discrimination and accommodation.




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