Sheriff’s Corner With Sheriff Tracy Murphree – August 2021

We are currently hiring Detention Officers!

Detention Officers perform specialized law enforcement work in the care and security of inmates to ensure their constitutional rights and welfare are safeguarded in the County Jail. A typical work day could involve admitting and booking inmates, supervising trustees, ensuring security of inmates and the Jail, performing commissary duties, receiving and maintaining an inventory of inmate property and supplies, performing control operations, performing inmate classification duties, and preparing and transporting inmates. Additional responsibilities may include monitoring cameras, monitoring emergency systems, performing various life and fire safety activities, performing telephone and radio communications and performing duties as a member of the Extraction Team.

If you or anyone you know might be interested in a career in Law Enforcement, and you meet the following minimum qualifications, you can apply online.

  • Good moral character.
  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • High School diploma or GED required.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must attain certification by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement as a Jailer within one (1) year of employment.
  • Possession of a valid Driver’s License. Must be able to obtain a State of Texas driver’s license within 90 days.
  • Once hired, Detention Officers will go through on-the-job training before attending The Basic County Corrections Class, which is on site at The Denton County Sheriff’s Office. This is where the certification by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) is obtained.

Detention Officers’ starting salary ranges from $38,752 – $44,952 depending on education and experience.  Detention Officers receive a wide range of benefits including: health care benefits, longevity pay, stipends for education/bilingual proficiency, tuition reimbursement, county retirement plan, provided equipment, exceptional Law Enforcement training in preparation for TCOLE licensing, and many promotional opportunities within Law Enforcement.

940.349.1600 | 127 N. Woodrow Ln., STE. 300 • Denton, TX 76205 |

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