Date: Nov 16, 2023

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27701

Company: Durham County

Durham County Government employs approximately 1,900 employees that work towards providing needed services throughout the community. With a wide array of services, Durham County Government is at the heart of a rapidly growing and diverse area offering residents, employees and visitors exciting opportunities to live, work, grow and play. For more information about Durham County Government, visit



Sheriff Department/Jail 

DATE POSTED:            

September 25, 2023

CLOSING DATE:           

December 31, 2023





POSITION NUMBER:            





The Durham County Sheriff’s Office is seeking qualified candidates to embody the values and diversity of the community as a member of the agency. We are now accepting applications for Detention Officer from individuals that are both non-certified and North Carolina Basic Detention Officer Certified (DOCC).   If you are interested in becoming a member of the Durham County Sheriff's Office, we have transitioned to a dual certification process. This allows you the opportunity to become certified in both Detention Services and Law Enforcement. Interested candidates can begin employment as a detention officer, then you can obtained your certification as a North Carolina law enforcement officer or deputy sheriff. Upon successful completion of  the Detention Officer Certification Course (DOCC) and meeting defined requirements that will be outlined, applicants may then apply for the Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy (BLET).




The Detention Officer I (DO I) is responsible for the custodial work with the transportation, security and supervision of prisoners in the Durham County Detention Facility (DCDF). The DO I performs a variety of duties relative to that care; direct supervision, desk duty and transportation of inmates. Work is performed in accordance with the DCDF policies and procedures, North Carolina Department of Human Resources guidelines, and the Training and Standards Council of the Department of Justice of North Carolina. Work is performed under the direct supervision of that employee’s squad or area supervisor. The applicant must be willing to work 12-hour rotating shifts which includes holidays and weekends.




  • Knowledge of Federal, State and local laws governing the operation of the DCFD. 
  • Knowledge of forms, records, and reports used in the detention facility. 
  • Ability to stand or sit for long periods of time. 
  • Ability to maintain discipline and order among inmates. 
  • Ability to work in a confined area.
  • Ability to deal firmly and courteously with inmates and visitors. 
  • Ability to use sound judgment in both routine and emergency situations. 
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other employees.



  • Must be at least 20 years old.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent. **Training and Standards require a high school equivalency diploma be at least partial classroom.
  • Must possess or be able to possess a North Carolina driver’s license.
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor.
  • Must meet all the applicable standards and qualify for State Certification in accordance with the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Training & Standards Commission as well as the policies of the Office of the Sheriff of Durham County.
  • You live within 35 miles of downtown Durham (or are willing to relocate upon being hired).


If you have any questions please contact the Durham County Sheriff’s Office Training and Recruitment Division  (919) 560-0930. 





Must possess a valid North Carolina driver's license in good standing.




Salary & Benefits


$6,000 Sign on Bonus


  • Starting Pay - $50,004.00 (DOCC Cadet Certified/Uncertified) plus incentives
  • Incentives     
    • 2.5% for AA Degree
    • 5% for BA Degree
    • 2.5% for Fluency in any Foreign Languare
    • 2.5% for military service     
    • 2.5% - 5% for prior experience
  • Vacation / Sick Time
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid on the job training
  • Employee Health Insurance
  • Employee Dental Insurance
  • Employee Vision Insurance
  • Paid Parental Leave (12 weeks)
  • County Retirement
  • 401k Retirement


Our employees also enjoy:

  • Unrivaled benefits at affordable rates for the whole family
  • An onsite Wellness Clinic
  • Three well-equipped employee gyms
  • 30 minutes of paid leave each day for exercise



Durham County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh