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CORRECTIONAL OFFICER I

Bilingual in Spanish

Recruitment #19-004080-0002

Introduction

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is seeking to hire Bilingual (Spanish) Correctional Officers. Selected candidates will be responsible for supervising and controlling inmate activity within the correctional facility. If you have a strong dedication to public service and want to help keep the public safe, we encourage you to submit an application today.  Please be sure to indicate language fluency in Spanish when completing your application.

The Correctional Officer will provide interpreting services for inmates who speak Spanish. The Correctional Officer will communicate through the use of written and oral language, interpreting between the inmate and facility staff.  The Correctional Officer will relay information either exactly as it is spoken or exactly as it is written by the inmate. The Correctional Officer may be required to provide similar interpreting services for visitors or other guests who enter a correctional facility. 

If you have any questions about this recruitment or need assistance with applying for this position, please contact the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services at 410.967.1951 or email DPSCS.PRREC@MD.gov .

GRADE

12

LOCATION OF POSITION

Multiple positions are located throughout the State of Maryland.

Main Purpose of Job

Correctional Officer I is the entry level of work involving the custody, security and supervision of adult inmates in a correctional facility.

POSITION DUTIES

Attends an entrance level training program certified by the Maryland Correctional Training Commission

Attends firearms training; Learns specific duties on various security posts through on-the-job training

Maintains control of inmates while escorting individuals or groups within the prison

Keeps accurate head counts of inmates in the assigned security post

Conducts inspections and searches of inmates and inmate access and work areas for drugs, weapons and other unauthorized materials

Enforces rules of conduct among inmates and learns when to prepare reports of infractions

Operates manual and electronic locking systems

Subdues and restrains inmates during fights, riots and escape attempts

When standing an armed post, learns how to determine the need for using firearms and uses them when necessary

Assists in the search for escapees, their capture and return to the institution

Assists in maintaining the custody of inmates during transport to other institutions or court appearances

Drives motor vehicles when transporting inmates, making outside security rounds, searching for escapees and related activities

May search visitors for contraband

May place inmates in handcuffs, restraining belts and leg irons

Performs other related duties. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: High School diploma or high school equivalency certificate acceptable to the Maryland State Board of Education as described in the Correctional Training Commission regulation.

Experience: None

Note: The above educational requirement is set by the Correctional Training Commission in accordance with Correctional Services Article, Section 8-209.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

1. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.

2. Employees in this classification may be required to operate busses for the transportation of inmates. Employees assigned such duties will be required to obtain a Class B Commercial Driver's License with passenger and air brakes endorsements valid in the State of Maryland.

3. BILINGUAL ORAL FLUENCY

The agency will evaluate your ability to communicate effectively in both English and Spanish. Candidates must demonstrate language proficiency in order to be considered for this recruitment.  

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Employees who have not already done so must meet the selection standards required and successfully complete the training prescribed by the Maryland Correctional Training Commission for a correctional officer during their probationary period, (Correctional Services Article, Section 8-209). Selection standards for correctional officer training are listed in detail in the Code of Maryland Regulations Title 12, Subtitle 10, Chapter 01 and include the following:

U.S. Citizenship or Resident Alien status
Must be at least 21 years of age
A completed background investigation
Oral interview
Physical examination.

2. Employees in this classification hired or reinstated on or after July 1, 2016 shall successfully complete the Entrance Level Firearms Training prescribed by the Maryland Correctional Training Commission (Code of Maryland 12.10.04.01 and 12.10.04.05) and demonstrate practical knowledge and proficiency in the safe use and care of firearms on a periodic basis.  

3. Employees are subject to call-in 24 hours a day and, therefore, must provide the employing agency with a telephone number where they can be reached.

4. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

Candidate (s) who meet the minimum qualifications, successfully complete the written examination and hiring process will be placed on the employment eligible list. The list will be used by the DPSCS to select employees for at least two years.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

To apply for this position, please click HERE and indicate that you are bilingual on the supplemental questionnaire and on the application.

If you have any questions about this recruitment, please contact the Department of

Public Safety and Correctional Services at 410.967.1951 or email DPSCS.PRREC@Maryland.gov

Department of Public Safety an Correctional Services

6776 Reisterstown Road

Baltimore, MD 21215

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.  Persons with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.  We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.