Deputy (Detention)

  • Location IconLexington County, SC
  • Time IconFull Time
  • Salary Icon$43,847 - $50,444

Job Purpose

Provides for the safety of staff and inmates and the security of the detention facility; supervises inmate activities, and performs related detention work as assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintains the security and safety of the County’s detention facility, inmates and staff through implementation of established policies and procedures.
  • Monitors jail access and egress.
  • Monitors security cameras, alarm systems, automated locking systems and other specialized security equipment.
  • Patrols facility to ensure security; inspects locking and security devices and doors for proper working condition.
  • Processes and books inmates; searches, photographs and fingerprints inmates; secures inmates’ property and issues clothing and supplies; establishes inmate records and accounts; completes medical screenings; receives and processes inmates for weekend sentences; escorts inmates to proper housing locations.
  • Performs initial classification of all new arrivals; conducts NCIC background checks on new inmates.
  • Supervises meals, visitation, recreation and exercise, telephone privileges, counseling, court visits, movement within the facility, and medical attention; conducts head counts regularly.
  • Maintains key and tool control.
  • Ensures that inmates are provided with appropriate sanitary conditions, clothing and supplies; administers First Aid and/or CPR as required.
  • Routinely searches inmates, cells, kitchen and other inmate-accessible areas for contraband and other safety and security hazards.
  • Observes and maintains orderly conduct among inmate population; subdues unruly or violent individuals; responds to emergency situations on jail property; investigates incidents, crimes, disputes, abuse of drugs, etc., among inmates.
  • Works overtime as necessary, including overtime in other duty areas.
  • Performs other similar duties as required.

Job Specifications / Qualifications


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

 Licensing and Certifications:

  • Class II Basic Jail Certification from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy (already have or the ability to achieve within 1 year of hire date);
  • Valid Driver’s License; and
  • CPR and First Aid certifications (already have or the ability to achieve).

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.

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements

  • Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly having to move objects.
  • Positions in this class typically require fingering, talking, hearing, seeing, grasping, standing, walking, running, repetitive motions, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, climbing, balancing, pushing, pulling, and lifting.  Positions in this class may be exposed to moving mechanical parts, odors, dusts, poor ventilation, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, intense noises, gases, workspace restrictions, and vibrations.

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.