Detention Center
Lewis & Clark County Detention Center

Welcome to the Lewis & Clark County Detention Center

Position: Detention Officer: Closing Date 09/19/14

Lewis & Clark County Job Posting






PAY RATE: $17.35/HR







Under general supervision of the Detention Center Sergeant, this position performs duties related to incarcerating and caring for prisoners.



Duties are generally performed in an environment where some hazards and discomforts are inherent to the position.  There is occasional activity that exposes incumbent to full range of physical demands and environmental conditions.  Requires standing, walking and sitting for extended periods of time.  May be required to physically lift/carry/restrain inmates.  Must be prepared in self-defense techniques and qualified in the use of OC spray, Taser, CPR and Basic First Aid.  Must be able to move or lift documents and materials weighing up to 30 pounds with occasional need to lift or move materials up to or in excess of 100 pounds.  Position requires knowledge and use of typical office equipment including telephone, copy machine and personal computer.  Position requires frequent contact with fellow employees, prisoners and citizens.  Position requires travel to other sites. 


EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:  (The following are intended to illustrate typical duties.  They are not meant to be all inclusive or restrictive.) Performs duties related to incarcerating and caring for prisoners; completes booking forms, takes inked fingerprint impressions, identification photographs and completes disposition records; completes other detention records (i.e., medical records, prescription drug records, property records and inventories, disposition records, court records); conducts inmate searches, maintains continuous supervision and surveillance over detention center activities (i.e., work crews, security risk prisoners, etc.); receives complaints; assists clerical section in duties related to receiving and processing of police records; assists processing warrants and civil papers; supervises prisoners and visitors, supervises prisoner phone calls; provides commissary for inmates, supervises the trustee prisoner; performs other duties as assigned.



Knowledge of Montana Code Annotated; Detention Center orders, Detention Center policies and procedures; safety and liability responsibilities; detention practice and procedure; legal and court procedures; constitutional and civil rights; CJIN/NCIC policies, practices and procedures.  Ability to operate computer systems and related software, including word processing and spreadsheet programs; access and use CJIN/NCIC systems according to prescribed standards and regulations; use office equipment; use detention tools according prescribed standards; apply rules, regulations, and policies according to office standards; observe prescribed radio codes and protocols; generate written reports according to prescribed standards; maintain records according to prescribed standards; communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish effective working relationships with fellow employees, supervisors, prisoners and citizens.

QUALIFICATIONS: The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school.  Associates degree in Criminal Justice, Criminology, or related preferred.  Must be able to successfully complete one hundred sixty (160) hours of P.O.S.T. certified Correction/Detention officer basic course.  Must be able to obtain a valid Montana drivers license within (30) thirty days of hire.

TO APPLY:  Submit a completed P.O.S.T. application and cover letter thoroughly documenting relevant qualifications and experience, together with a current resume, to the Human Resource Office, 316 North Park, Room 303, Helena, Montana, 59623, no later than 5:00 P.M. on the closing date.  For additional information, (406) 447-8316 or  Faxes and electronic material will be not accepted.  Incomplete application materials will not be processed.  The County may use the following factors to determine whether an applicant meets the qualifications for this position: review of application materials, past work performance, reference checks, and structured oral interview. 




The Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Office was established in 1865.  The first Lewis & Clark County Jail was built in 1891 and was located at 15 North Ewing Street, which is now "The Myrna Loy Center" for the performing and media arts.  This jail was in use until 1985 when the current Law Enforcement Center was built and located at 221 Breckenridge Street.  The Law Enforcement Center has the Lewis & Clark County Detention Center on the second floor and offices on the main floor are shared with the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Office and Helena Police Department.  The Law Enforcement Center is located next to the Lewis & Clark County Courthouse.

The Lewis & Clark County Detention Center is designed to house fifty-eight(58) beds, but runs at an average daily population of eighty-two (82), responsible cost for 100+.  There were 3,075 inmates booked into the detention center during the year of 2010.  The detention center is supervised by a Deputy Sheriff Captain and staffed with twenty-two (25) Detention Officers, one (1) part-time Registered Nurse, (1) part-time Physician Assistant and two (2) Transport Officers.

The Lewis & Clark County Detention Center is also responsible for testing for the 24/7 Sobriety Program.

Control Board

Detention Center...

Main Number - 447-8232

Captain Jason Grimmis - (406) 447-8246

Transportation Deputy Scott Lindgren - (406) 447-8315

Medical Services - (406) 447-8256