Correctional Officer/Canine Handler (#MBDA01)
$45,278.51 Yearly Min / $49,889.00 Yearly Mid / $61,611.00 Yearly Max

Summary Statement

An incumbent in this class is responsible for the training and care of an assigned canine, and for maintaining institutional security, including perimeter, of a correctional facility.

Nature and Scope

An incumbent reports to a technical superior and is responsible for patrolling the outside perimeter of an institution in a vehicle and/or on foot with an assigned K-9, and conducts security checks of buildings, monitors mass movements, controls disruptive inmates, tracks and apprehends escapees and monitors yard/recreational activities to insure all areas are secure. An incumbent monitors the entrances, movement and exits of visitors, contractors and vendors at assigned institution. An incumbent maintains a variety of logs and prepares related reports. Significant aspect of the job involves the training, care, and feeding of assigned K-9 and the maintenance of kennel building.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Maintains institutional security, discipline and order.
  • Escorts visitors to and from appropriate security units.
  • Monitors entrances and exits of institution with the exception of main gatehouse.  Insures visitors, contractors and vendors enter and exit institution safely.
  • Trains and provides routine care for K-9 including feeding, grooming, kennel maintenance and maintains supply inventory and equipment.
  • Maintains logs and prepares reports.
  • Assists other security sections within institution during riots, shakedowns, crowd control, drug searches, inmate movement, apprehension of escapees, and other activities as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.

  • Knowledge of correctional security procedures and techniques, including perimeter surveillance.
  • Knowledge of facility and department rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the techniques of first aid, self-defense, riot control, and use of firearms and other protective equipment.
  • Knowledge of training, handling and care of K-9 dog.
  • Knowledge of supply procedure for ordering supplies for kennels or equipment and for handlers.
  • Knowledge of first aid for humans and K-9 dog.
  • Skill in K-9 handling and operations.
  • Skill in self defense and use of restraint procedures.
  • Skill in use of assigned weapons and other protective equipment.
  • Ability to enforce correctional institutional rules and regulations.
  • Ability to supervise the activities of inmates. 
  • Ability to maintain accurate logs and prepare reports.
  • Ability to understand K-9 behavior.
  • Ability to assist with disturbances and/or riots inside the institution.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Correctional Officer/Canine Handler
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. At least one year experience as a Correctional Officer.
  2. Knowledge of training, handling and care of dogs.


  1. Six months experience as a handler of a working canine such as Patrol, Narcotics, Bomb, Search and Rescue or certified sporting canines.
  2. At least 19 and 1/2 years of age.
  3. Possession of a High School Diploma or equivalent.
  4. Possession of a valid Driver’s License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).