$59,579 – $65,124
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Officer Training Coach
Property Sanitation & Warehouse Officer
Community Service Crew Manager
Do want Better pay & Benefits?
We have great pay and benefits beyond health insurance and retirement, plus a clean, safe work environment.
Get unbelievable HEALTH INSURANCE, RETIREMENT benefits, and a great ANNUAL INCOME starting between $59,579 – $65,124, depending on experience.
What it takes*
Valid Driver’s License*
Clear Local and National Criminal Check**
High School Graduate/GED
Substance Abuse Testing
**No convictions punishable by imprisonment of one year or more in a federal or state penitentiary, unless pardoned or the conviction has been set aside by the court.
What Officers are Saying
Originally, I wanted to be a police officer. I planned on using this as a stepping stone. I only planned on working here for about two years. Once those two years hit, I couldn’t leave. It was comfortable, the pay is too good, the benefits are amazing, and the controlled environment limits my stress. You just can’t beat it.
There are a lot of resources and support. Everyone helps each other out. It feels like a family. We have great field training officers, too.
I like the diversity here. There are a lot of nationalities and opportunities for both males and females. No matter if you take a specialty position or management, it’s open to everyone.
The company culture helps with personal and professional development. The work environment makes me feel like I am a part of a team and I feel safe.
I like working here because I get to use my previous experience and education in the jobs I do today.
Do YOU have questions about a career in corrections?
Do we get paid holidays?
Yes, in fact, you get:
- Labor Day
- New Year’s Day
- Presidents Day
- Veterans Day
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Day after Thanksgiving
- Memorial Day
- Christmas Day
- Fourth of July
- 12 hours personal holiday*
What is required for the fitness test?
Officer Fitness Testing Requirements:
- Lift a container from the floor to a cart: 40 lbs and 50 lbs 2x each, 80 lbs 1x, and 25 lbs to a shelf 2x
- Push a loaded 4-wheeled cart, with 35 lbs of force, 25 feet and back
- Perform 10 full squats, then maintain/hold a seated position for 2-minutes
- Lift a 30 lbs container, from floor to waist for 20 feet and 1 flight of stairs and place onto a 36″ shelf and return to start 2x
- Walk on a treadmill for 1 minute at 3.0 mph. Continue for 2 minutes at 4.5 mph
- With no rest from the previous task, you will “Rescue Randy,” weighing 105 lbs, by rolling over onto his back, grasping under his arms and around his chest, and dragging him 25 feet before checking his heart rate with an oximeter
- Perform BTE task (attachment 802, 20″ height, 50 lb torque, head on #5 with attachment parallel to the floor) grabbing bar with one hand at pivot point and other hand at the end of the bar, pushing down and holding for 30 seconds
- Perform BTE task (attachment 162) at waist height, grip strength of 13 lbs, 10 repetitions with each hand
- Perform BTE task – key pinch rotation (2 lbs of force) 15 repetitions with each hand
How old do you have to be to work here?
What are the shift hours?
We have three operational shifts available for officers!
First Shift: 6:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Second shift: 2:45 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.
Third Shift: 10:45 p.m. to 7:15 a.m.
Note: You will have a one-hour lunch break each 8-hour shift where you can eat in the staff dining room or leave campus to get food.
Which shift will I be assigned to? When can I bid shifts?
During your first year, you will be assigned shifts so that you can receive the best field training opportunities. We train on the job!
After your first year, you will bid shifts/days off every six months (in April and October) based on seniority. We value loyalty and commitment.
Do you have what it takes to be a correctional officer?
What is officer training like?
We train on the job to ensure you are confident and ready to do your job.
- You will start out by completing a two-week orientation training period. This consists primarily of classroom training.
- You will complete two weeks of on-the-job training (OJT) during the shift you are assigned to.
- Following your OJT, you will enter the Field Training Officer (FTO) program. During this program you will work with a Sergeant and Training Coach Officer to learn all of your new duties.
- At some point during your first year, you will be pulled off of shift to complete a three-week Officer Academy. This will get you certified as a Nebraska Jail Officer.
- All Correctional Officers also attend quarterly training sessions throughout the year.
We want you to feel confident and grow here. Your happiness matters to us.
Is there a variety of assignments for Correctional Officers?
As an Officer assigned to operations, you will work as either a Booking Officer, Infirmary Officer, Control Center Officer, Lobby Officer, Roving/Utility Officer, Kitchen Officer, or Pod Officer each day you work. You will rotate through these positions so that you work each of them.
There are also “specialty” positions that you can put-in for after you have completed your Officer Academy. They are Transport Officer, Classification Officer, Training Coach, Property Sanitation Warehouse Officer, and Inmate Work Crew Supervisor.
We have career options for all types of people that will showcase your strengths.
Does the Department have a Mission Statement?
As an integral part of the criminal justice system, the Lancaster County Department of Corrections provides community safety through secure, legal, and compassionate adult detention. We achieve this through the recruitment and development of professional staff who provide services which promote personal growth and reduce recidivism of those in our charge.
Our biggest point of difference is that we truly care about our inmates, our team, and our community. It takes commitment, compassion, and strategic thinking to be a Correctional Officer at Lancaster County Department of Corrections. Do you have what it takes?
What is the vision of Lancaster County Adult Detention Facility staff?
Lancaster County Department of Corrections will embody excellence in corrections as a progressive and innovative criminal justice leader by building community partnerships, utilizing advanced technologies, developing professional staff, and implementing comprehensive programming in a fiscally responsible manner.
Basically, we are professionals and a family here. We have each other’s backs and we care about making sure we are doing what is right by our team, inmates, and community. Do YOU have what it takes?
What does a Correctional Officer’s day look like?
We think every day on our team is great!
You will have a mailbox and a locker in the staff locker rooms when you arrive to work.
There will be between 24 and 30 Officers working at a time (depending on the shift). There are also between three and six supervisors working at a time.
At the beginning of your shift, you will attend shift briefing to receive pass-down information and your assignment from your Supervisor(s). This takes around 15 minutes.
Following briefing, you will go to your assigned area and receive pass-down information from the Officer(s) you are relieving.
Partway through your shift, you will get to leave your post and take an hour break.
During the course of your shift you will work directly with the inmate population as you complete your assigned duties.
Every day you get to make a difference and we work hard to make sure our team feels valued and a part of the Lancaster County Department of Corrections’ family. Learn more about the benefits of working with us.
When/How will I get paid?
Your paycheck will be deposited into your bank account via direct deposit on a biweekly basis.
Pay periods end every other Wednesday at 23:59 hours and your pay for the two-week period will be deposited in your account the following Thursday.
You will be paid well! Our competitive pay and benefits are part of why people love working here.
Are career advancement opportunities available?
Yes! We value commitment and we value experience. Most of the Department’s supervisory positions are filled through promotion within the Department.
Each year the Department establishes an eligibility list for promotion. A written skills and knowledge test is administered to interested Officers followed by interviews of the top scorers.
Do I have to provide any of my own equipment?
All uniforms and necessary equipment are provided by the Department. Our uniforms look pretty great too.