Correctional Sergeant/Canine Handler (#MBDA02)
$50,321.47 Yearly Min / $56,680.00 Yearly Mid / $70,100.00 Yearly Max

Summary Statement

This class is responsible for acting as a lead worker in maintaining institutional security, including perimeter, of a correctional facility and during K-9 proficiency training.

Nature and Scope

An incumbent reports to a technical superior and is directly responsible for supervising and participating  in the enforcement of all rules and regulations affecting security for patrolling the outside perimeter of an institution in a vehicle and/or on foot with an assigned K-9, and conducting security checks of buildings, monitoring mass movements, controlling disruptive inmates, tracking and apprehending escapees and monitoring yard and recreational activities. An incumbent serves as a lead worker during K-9 proficiency training and supervising staff during CERT Training, shakedowns, escapes, and escape recovery. An incumbent monitors the entrances, movement and exits of visitors, contractors and vendors at assigned institution. An incumbent maintains and prepares or oversees the preparation of a variety of logs and related reports. Significant aspect of the job involves supervising 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.

  • Supervises and maintains institutional, including perimeter, security, discipline, and order.
  • Implements prescribed policies and procedures, insures the enforcement of institutional departmental rules and regulations.
  • Monitors entrances and exits of institution with the exception of main gatehouse.  Insures visitors, contractors and vendors enter and exit institution safely.
  • Supervises a shift of the K-9 speciality unit.
  • Supervises, trains and provides routine care for K-9 including feeding, grooming, kennel maintenance and maintains supply inventory and equipment.
  • Prepares or supervises the preparation of logs and reports.
  • Supervises 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 supervisory principles and practices.
  • 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 training and guiding assigned correctional staff.
  • Skill in self defense and use of restraint procedures.
  • Skill in the application of institutional/departmental rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Skill in the observation of inmate activities and detection of unusual or prohibited behavior which may be a security threat.
  • 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 supervise the work of others.
  • 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.
  • Ability to act quickly and calmly in an emergency.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Correctional Sergeant/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/Canine Handler.
  2. Possession of a valid Driver’s License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).