County of Los Angeles Los Angeles County
Chief Executive Office

Class Specification: DETENTION SERVICES OFFICER

ITEM NUMBER: 8655

APPROVAL DATE: 05/16/2001

DEFINITION:
Supervises the daytime activities of juveniles who have been placed in a Probation facility maintained for their care and custody.

CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS:
Positions allocable to this class are assigned to a living unit, control group, or field post and supervise detained juveniles during various scheduled activities and movements. Incumbents are responsible within their assigned areas for ensuring the safety of juveniles and staff and the security of the facility, and for maintaining order and control. Positions allocable to this class receive technical direction from a Senior Detention Services Officer and administrative and technical supervision from a Supervising Detention Services Officer. Incumbents must exercise a knowledge of the needs, problems, and behavior of juveniles, and of departmental rules, regulations and procedures including those pertaining to the detention and release of juveniles. Incumbents must have the ability to maintain the control and cooperation of detained juveniles, and to observe and record incidents of behavior accurately.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Supervises detained juveniles in their activities within the unit, on work assignments, during recreation periods, on medical or dental appointments, or awaiting court appearances.

Maintains order and control of a unit and takes appropriate action in connection with rule infractions or other disturbances.

Maintains institutional security and takes appropriate action to prevent escapes.

Supervises the movement of juveniles within and outside the facility.

Controls and restrains combative or emotionally disturbed juveniles.

Provides situational counseling to assist individual juveniles through their daily routines.

Observes and records the behavior of juveniles and confers with the supervisor about problem juveniles.

Keeps records and makes reports on unit activities and incidents.

Ensures that injured or ill juveniles receive nursing or medical attention.

Admits, orients, classifies, and releases juveniles.

May transport juveniles to other Probation facilities, courts or other locations.


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
Completion of 60 units of college including course work in the behavioral or social sciences.

LICENSE:
A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize and alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

PHYSICAL CLASS:
4 - Arduous (Approved by Occupational Health 08/09/2000).

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
AGE: At least 21 years of age.

OTHER:Candidates must meet the qualifications for designation as a Peace Officer set forth in the California Government Code.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:Emotional maturity and stability. A knowledge of the behavioral patterns of juveniles, the causes of juvenile delinquency, methods for controlling behavioral problems, and the supervision of delinquent youths. Ability to follow and implement security procedures; ability to apply the principles and techniques of group supervision, to function effectively in emergency situations, and to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.