Deputy (Detention)

  • Location IconLexington County, SC
  • Time IconFull Time
  • Salary Icon$46,933 - $53,977 DOQ

Job Purpose

We’re seeking responsible and dedicated individuals to join our team as a Detention Deputy. As a Detention Deputy, your main role will be ensuring the safety and order of inmates in our facility. You’ll be responsible for maintaining security, supervising inmate activities, conducting searches, and following established protocols.  The ability to work in a team, handle high-stress situations, and meet the physical demands of the job are essential for success in this challenging but rewarding career.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Maintain a secure and controlled environment within the detention facility
  • Monitor inmate behavior and activities to prevent disturbances or escapes
  • Conduct routine checks and inspections of cells, common areas, and inmates
  • Enforce facility rules and regulations in a fair and professional manner
  • Respond promptly to emergencies and incidents within the facility
  • Prepare accurate and detailed reports on incidents, activities, and inmate behavior
  • Collaborate with fellow detention deputies, supervisors, and other staff members

Job Specifications / Qualifications


  • High School diploma or equivalent, with no experience required.

Licensing and Certifications:

  • Valid Driver’s License;
  • Possess or attain within 1 year of hire, Class II Basic Jail Certification from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Academy training is paid by the Department, and employees receive full compensation while attending the Academy; and
  • Possess current CPR and First Aid certifications or have the ability to obtain certifications with provided training.

Qualifications for Deputy (Detention):

  • Must be 18 years old, or within 3 months of turning 18 years old to apply.
  • Must be a United States citizen.
  • Applicants must have a generally clean criminal record, meaning no felony convictions or serious offenses that are not expungable.

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements

Work Schedule:  After training, employees will generally start off working on the night shift, which is 6pm to 6am, and the days worked will rotate.  There is an expectation of working mandatory overtime hours, as needed.

Working Conditions:  Detention Deputies work in a controlled and secure environment, which can be stressful due to potential risks and challenges.  Deputies must remain vigilant, handle difficult situations, and maintain control and order within the facility.

Physical Requirements:  A Detention Deputy should be physically fit enough to have good endurance, strength, and coordination.  A Detention Deputy needs to maintain sufficient physical fitness to handle the physical demands of the job, which includes patrolling, responding to incidents, and potentially restraining individuals.  Having stamina and strength helps deputies carry out their duties more effectively.  It is also necessary to have clear vision and hearing to observe the surroundings and respond promptly to security issues or emergencies as necessary.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.