Class specification is intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class.  Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.


The Detention Captain is responsible for the overall security plan and the security operations of the Otero County Detention facility, including staffing and post assignments. Promotes compliance with all applicable policies, procedures, rules, regulations and standards. Performs a variety of responsible administrative duties such as internal affairs and investigations, security enforcement, inmate hearings, grievances and correspondence. This is a supervisory position with responsibility to operate and coordinate the activities of the Detention Center with the Detention Lieutenant and Shift Supervisors.


Under the Supervision of the Deputy Correctional Services Director

Exercises direct Supervision over all Detention Personnel in the chain of command below the position of Captain.


Must be responsible for all duties of the Deputy Correctional Services Director in his/her absence. 
 Responsible for the safety and security of the Detention Facility, its personnel, inmates and general public. 
 Responsibility includes inspection of the facility at least once a week in accordance with American Corrections Association guidelines.

Assists in the development and implementing of policies, rules, regulations and procedures related to the security of the Detention Facility.

Responds to calls at any time in the event of emergencies involving the Facility inmates, employees or the public.

Has the authority to call out or authorize the calling in of outside affiliated law enforcement agencies or summon additional personnel as needed.

Serves as the adjudicator for complaints from staff and prisoners.  Approves disciplinary measures for both.

Planning and coordination of ancillary services. (Prisoner Work Program, Work Release Program, Electronic Monitoring Program and the Community Service Program).

The enforcement of disciplinary rules, judicial conditions on clients, governing standards, building codes, and safety regulations.

Attends seminars and conferences regarding law enforcement, correction facilities, various legal issues pertinent to the position.

Supervises the Detention physical plant and recommends or advocates changes or improvement as needed.


Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Performance Measures

Detention Officer functions are efficiently, effectively and accurately performed in accordance with the established policies, standards, and security procedures.

Good working relationships and coordination exist with Detention personnel

Required reports and records are accurate, complete and timely.

Detention Center professional reputation is maintained and conveyed.

Provide accurate information flow on diversified operations to assist in management decision making.

Knowledge of the policies, regulations and procedures for the confinement and security of inmates.

Thorough knowledge of correctional facility operations including supply management, contraband control, plant maintenance, health services and laundry operations.

Thorough knowledge of the regulations pertaining to inmate bookings, bonding, release, court processing and behavior evaluation.

Monitors operation of facility to assure smooth operation

Quality of decisions made in utilizing independent judgment

Communication skills improved to enable well informed staff both verbal in writing

Plan and supervise the work of line and staff subordinates in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale. 




High School diploma or GED

College degree in Business or Public Administration, Corrections or comparable experience and training.


Four years in corrections or detention supervisory position

Four years in public or business administration, or corrections administration. Emphasis on fiscal operations or personnel administration.

Minimum three years administrative experience required.

Possession of a Basic Detention Officers Training Certification.

Possession of Advanced Detention Officers Training Certification.

Certifications, Skills and Licenses:

Must be able to communicate orally and in writing in English

Ability to plan and direct work of others and deal with individuals and groups with diverse interests.

Ability to mediate conflicts

Valid New Mexico Drivers License

Knowledge of: 

Methods and procedures of corrections and detention.

Corrections and detention procedures and regulations.

Laws pertaining to the enforcement of federal, state and local laws concerning correctional facilities.

Computers and operation, as well as various other office machines.

Report writing techniques.

Considerable knowledge of modern principles and practices of Administration and organization including general budgeting, accounting and personnel techniques and management principles and practices.

 Mental Functions/Requirements:

Perform essential duties and to administer/inspect department

Interpret laws pertaining to detention and corrections.
 Enforce federal, state, local laws and departmental regulations.

Administer procedures to be used in emergency situations.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with subordinates, other professionals, law enforcement agencies, elected and appointed officials, and the criminal justice community.

Ability to travel out of town for extended amount of time for Seminars, Meetings, etc.

Operate and/or learn various types of computers and programs.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including public speaking.

Must be able to understand, read and follow written directions and instructions

Must be able to write such items as letters, reports, performance evaluations, directives and similar documents using proper format and grammar

Must be able to read and understand such items as reports, manual activity logs, statutes, guidelines and similar documents

Must be able to confidentially safeguard confidential information

Must be knowledgeable of all laws, regulations and safety rules involved with the Detention Center.

Must be able to work under extreme circumstances at times and under pressure and stress most of the time.

Must possess the ability to make concrete decisions and react quickly.

Must be able to use tact and courtesy in working with a wide range of individuals, including the public sometimes under tense circumstances.

Must demonstrate sufficient and adequate mental and emotional stability in order to meet the rigors of a supervisory position.



Environmental Conditions:

The working environment characteristics described here are representative but not necessarily exhaustive of those an employee will encounter while performing the essential functions of this position.

Primarily performs duties indoors, although outdoor duties may be required.

Employee performs duties in a temperature controlled environment while working indoors. Employee is exposed to weather conditions while performing outdoors.

Employee may be exposed to intermittent noise factors.

Indoors duties are generally performed on an even tiled, carpeted, or concrete surface, which is typically dry. May on occasion be wet, slippery, or contaminated with human body fluids. Outdoor duties may be performed on natural ground, concrete or asphalt surfaces, which may be dry, wet, slippery or contaminated with human body fluids.

Employee may be required to climb stairs or use elevators while performing essential Duties.

Employee may perform duties in areas of poor ventilation, and be exposed to odors because of poor hygiene of inmates.

Work is primarily conducted during daylight hours, but may be conducted during non-daylight hours as well. Employee is subject to be called out at any time.

Employee performs majority of duties alone with or without directions. Certain duties are performed as part of a select team.

Hazards or potential hazards of the job include high stress level, dealing with a variety of criminals, being exposed to mental and/or physical health problems and a potential for retaliation by present or former inmates.

Physical Conditions:


Essential and marginal functions require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, standing, walking for prolonged periods of time; and in operating a motor vehicle.

May require:

 *Subduing, resisting individual.

*Chasing fleeing subject.

*Running, walking, crouching or crawling during emergency operations.

*Moving equipment and injured/deceased persons in weights, 30 lbs. to excess of 100 lbs.
*Climbing stairs/ladders.
*Performing life-saving and rescue procedure.

*Walking, standing, or sitting for extended periods of time.

*Operating assigned police equipment and vehicles.

Effectively deal with personal danger which may include exposure to:

            *Armed/dangerous persons

            *Communicable diseases

Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for:

            *Making observations

            *Communications with others

            *Reading and writing

            *Operating assigned equipment and vehicles 

Pre-employment requirements

Test relating to detention and law enforcement Essential and marginal functions require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, standing, walking for prolonged periods of time; and in operating a motor vehicle.


Criminal record check

Driving record check

General employment background check

Alcohol/drug screen

Polygraph examination possible

Written and oral promotion board may be required

How to Apply

Sheriff/Detention Application - Complete application and return it to:
               Otero County Administration Office
              1101 New York Ave
              Alamogordo, NM 88310.

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