Juvenile Detention Officer II

JOB CODE: 2152


SALARY RANGE: $27,828 - $47,375

Juvenile Services

Under the direction of the Detention Facility Shift Supervisor, performs responsible detention work and limited supervisory work in the admission, care and control and release of delinquent juveniles. Work involves responsibility for promoting and ensuring the good physical, emotional and moral health and development of detainees. Work also includes assuring the general security and safety of the facility and its occupants. Employees of this class exercise independent judgment within prescribed standards and regulations. Performs other work as requested.

Exercises supervision over juveniles placed under the control of the Juvenile Detention Facility through constant observation; maintains both visual and auditory surveillance. Records daily events and incidents, as well as the routine admission and release of detainees; completes and maintains various records and reports. Receives detainee possessions at admission for safekeeping; comforts distraught children; gives authorized medication for minor ailments; administers discipline when needed. Escorts detainees to and from cafeteria, classes and other activities; transports detainees; dispenses medical supplies; counsels detainees as the need arises. Enforces established rules of detainee conduct; accompanies authorized visitors within the facility. Assists in the central control center controlling entrances and exits to the detention facility; monitors individual quarters by sound, surveillance and discussion with shift employees. Conducts search of detainees and facility. Acts as shift supervisor in the absence of supervisor in accordance with licensing requirements.

Knowledge of the rules and regulations governing the operation of the detention facility as directed by superiors. Knowledge of the principles and practices of group leadership, behavior patterns and group attitudes of delinquents. Knowledge of general psychology as applied to detained juveniles. Ability to gain and hold the confidence of, and maintain a sympathetic and understanding attitude toward delinquent detainees. Ability to enforce regulations with firmness, tact, and impartiality. Ability to keep routine records and to make oral and written reports. Ability to understand detailed oral and written instructions. Ability to occasionally supervise employees in the absence of a superior. Ability to exercise independent judgment and to make objective decisions regarding incidents of rule infraction or potential violence. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.


High school diploma, GED, HiSET, or equivalent certificate of competency, and three years of experience in work with juveniles or juvenile offenders.

Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) Must have a valid Louisiana driver's license at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment in this classification.

In accordance with Licensing Standards of the Louisiana Administrative Code (Title 67, Part V, Subpart 8, Chapter 75, Juvenile Detention Facilities, 7511. Facility Responsibilities, B. Criminal Background Clearance), all employees of this classification assigned to the Juvenile Services Detention Center must pass a criminal background check and/or be fingerprinted at the time of appointment. Both appointment and continued employment at this location is contingent upon the ability to pass a criminal background check. Failure to pass a criminal background check renders a candidate or current employee ineligible for employment at this location.

The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the job.