Detention Officer

Open until filled.

Purposes:  To create an eligibility list for the position of Detention Officer.

Position Summary:  Processes individuals into the Independence Police Detention facility.  Responsible for intake of personal belongings; booking; fingerprinting and searching detainees/prisoners; completes medical questionnaires. Monitor the detention area to provide safety and security for arrestees.  Coordinates the bonding and/or arraignment of detainees with Municipal/ State/ Federal Court; provides courts with proper documentation.  Arranges meals and makes provisions for personal needs of prisoners. Maintains the detention facility; cleans cells; laundry; and supplies.  Perform data entry of required records and reports.  Inform the Detective Unit of felony arrests and arraignments and other duties as directed.

Minimum Qualifications:  High school diploma or GED, or any combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.  Aptitude in record keeping, report preparation, computer applications and effective communication is desired.   Must complete required NIMS level training within first six months of hire and complete certification in CPR, First Aid, AED and LVNR within three years.  Knowledge of applicable detention laws as well as ability to maintain order and security within the detention unit preferred.

Physical Demands: Stairs, walking, infrequent running, occasional lifting or moving and physical strength to restrain abusive and violent individuals.  Hand dexterity to operate a computer.

Typical Working Conditions:   Occasional exposure to hazardous situations involving armed or physically violent persons.  Minimal exposure to extreme weather conditions of heat and cold.  Contact with toxic or caustic cleaning chemicals.

Must be available for shifts and weekends.

Military Veterans:  The Independence Police Department works with the Veterans Administration so military veterans can utilize their GI Bill® benefits.  Please contact us about the details using your benefits with us.  Approval of the benefits are subject to the approval by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Additional Requirements: Requires a valid driver’s license, drug testing, a comprehensive background check and successful completion of a lift and drag test (Approximately 165 lbs. for 100 feet).

Apply online at or by visiting the 2nd Floor of City Hall, 111 E. Maple, Independence, MO  64050.  POSTING OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

Please complete the  APPLICANT PERSONAL HISTORY INFORMATION PACKET by selecting the link, and return the completed packet by emailing it to

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