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DETENTION OFFICERS

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS AND YOUR OWN.

Few jobs have more impact on the lives of others than that of an MCSO detention officer. You’ll be helping ensure the safety and wellbeing of millions. And by so doing, impacting your own life by doing meaningful work and securing your future.

A CAREER IS HERE FOR THE MAKING.

As an MCSO detention officer, your career opportunities are numerous. You can grow in rank (Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain), earn a position on other specialized detention teams, or even pursue other careers within MCSO, such as Deputy Sheriff, Dispatch or a variety of civilian positions.

Specialized Detention Officer Positions:

  • Aviation
  • Background Investigations
  • Court Security
  • Jail Intelligence
  • K-9 Handler
  • M.A.S.H.
  • Recruit Training Officer
  • Special Response Team
  • Transportation

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?

REQUIREMENTS

  • Be an effective communicator, even in the most challenging of situations.
  • Care about the safety and wellbeing of others, both within and outside a jail setting.
  • Respect all individuals regardless of background or socio-economic status.
  • Embrace the concepts of integrity, accountability and transparency as core values.
  • Collaborate with team members, supervisors and managers to forward the mission and vision of MCSO.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be eighteen (18) years of age or older.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED (or are expected to graduate/receive GED within 90 days from the beginning of training).
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • For other special requirements and minimum physical readiness standards, click here.

THE BENEFITS

Maricopa County offers a Total Compensation Package that includes competitive salaries and a comprehensive, affordable benefits package. Our generous benefit options are some of the best in Arizona and just one of the unique advantages of working for MCSO.
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Paid Education and Training

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Retirement Security

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Paid Holidays and vacation

EXCELLENCE

APPLIES HERE.

NEW RECRUIT

Following a successful application process, post-hire participation in a paid, 12-week detention academy is required.

LATERAL TRANSFER

If you have successfully completed an Arizona detention or corrections academy, or Correctional Officer Training Academy (COTA) and have current or prior experience (within the last three years) working as a detention or corrections officer for the State of Arizona or an Arizona county, city or town, or private prison/detention, you can participate in an accelerated 5-week training/orientation program!