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Honest? Dedicated? Good Communicator? Have integrity? Hardworking?

If you answered yes, DeKalb County Government is seeking qualified individuals for the Sheriff’s Department. We are now accepting applications for the position of Confinement Officer.

The qualified candidates must be self-motivated and desirous of learning a variety of skills, multi-tasker and adaptable to a changing environment. Requires the ability to communicate well with others and work with the public. Must be detail oriented and an effective and efficient communicator. Will adhere to all Policies and Procedures of DeKalb County Government and State Board of Accounts. Serve in other duties and assignments as requested/required by the DeKalb County Sheriff.

What can you expect when you work for DeKalb County Government?

  • Competitive pay - $20.03/hr
  • Benefit package – medical, dental, vision, Rx and life/disability insurance
  • Retirement Plans
  • Holidays/PTO Days
  • Direct deposit

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, click the apply now button below (or pick up an application at the Sheriff’s Department) and return a hard copy in person or via US mail to Lieutenant Joshua Hicks, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, DeKalb County Government, 215 East 8th Street, Auburn, IN 46706.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.

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Position Overview

Jail Officers for the DeKalb County Jail are responsible for maintaining security and order within the jail facility. Enforces local, state, and federal laws by implementing effective policy to protect the lives and property of the people. ​

Maintains interior and exterior security of Jail, including monitoring surveillance cameras, operating electronic and digital door controls, monitoring detainee activities, and conducting watch tours/patrols. Maintains accurate accounting of all detainees, conducting periodic cell checks, shakedowns, roll calls, and head counts of detainees in assigned areas. Performs booking procedures of individuals being detained, including photographing, fingerprinting, entering required information in computer, completing required forms and intake reports, receiving and receipting money and personal property, and searching detainees for weapons and contraband.

Oversees detainees in allowable activities, such as telephone calls, commissary purchases, counsel, and family visitations. Distributes daily meals and ensures all trays are removed from cellblocks. Ensures personal hygiene of detainees and cleanliness of cell areas, accounting for all personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, laundry, and equipment issued to detainees.

Provides detainees with prescribed medications according to orders of physician. Follows Department procedures to ensure detainees receive proper medical attention.

Ensures compliance with facility rules and regulations, including recording and reporting inappropriate behavior to appropriate Department personnel and taking necessary action to correct any problems that arise. Properly secures and/or physically restrains violent and uncontrollable detainees as situations demand. Transports and/or escorts individuals detained by the County to various locations, such as Court, Department of Corrections (DOC), medical facilities and hospitals, dental appointments, recreation, library, AA, and other meetings and activities. ​

Responds to inquiries from family members, attorneys, and members of general public regarding visitation and status of individual detainees. ​

Responds to detainee grievances following established chain of command procedures. Maintains and updates institution logs, incident reports, daily activity reports, booking/release records, and medical records. Submits all reports and summaries of activities according to established Department deadlines.

Receives, sorts, inspects, and logs incoming and outgoing mail and personal items for detainees. Answers telephone and receives jail visitors, including logging all calls and visitors, providing information and assistance, taking messages or directing calls/visitors to more appropriate individual or department.

Testifies in legal proceedings/court as necessary.

Attends in-service training as required.

Performs related duties as assigned or required. ​ ​

A career in corrections will provide you with a chance to serve the community and make a difference.

Apply Now!

CSE RepThe DeKalb County Sheriff's Office is a professional law enforcement organization dedicated to providing unparalleled service to its community. The Sheriff's Office offers a wide variety of career opportunities in law enforcement, corrections and civilian support positions. A career with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office offers many rewards: ​

  • Excellent benefits and competitive salaries
  • Amazing variety of work and challenges
  • Opportunities to make significant positive impacts on people in your community
  • Challenging public service career
  • Pride in being a member of one of the best law enforcement agencies in the country

Not everyone can be a member of the Sheriff's Office. The work can be rigorous and even potentially dangerous at times. We are searching for gifted individuals of unquestionable integrity who can demonstrate sound judgment and decision-making skills under all conditions. We seek leaders who possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the strength of character to show compassion and charity in the face of adversity. We will demand your commitment to public service and dedication to the betterment of our community. ​

Minimum Qualifications

  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. citizenship by time of appointment
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • No felony convictions or domestic violence convictions
  • Legal ability to possess firearm
  • High School or equivalency diploma
  • Ability to read and write English
  • No Operating While Intoxicated convictions in last 5 years
  • No dishonorable or undesirable discharge from military
  • No illegal drug use
  • Pass all portions of the selection process, including a physical fitness assessment
  • Pass a background check
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • No tattoos on the face, neck, head or below the crease of the elbow that does not fall below the short sleeve uniform shirt sleeve when bent at the elbow.

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Sheriff's Office Administration

Emergency Dial 911
Office (260) 925-3365 Ext 3

215 E 8th St
Auburn, IN 46706

County Jail

Office (260) 925-3365 Ext 2

215 E 8th St
Auburn, IN 46706


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