The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department is in search of qualified men and women looking for a career in corrections as well as an opportunity to serve the community, keep citizens safe, and truly change people’s lives. Our corrections employees have a new facility in which to work, and Elkhart County is using cutting-edge technology and new methods to help inmates turn their lives around.
In conjunction with 90 other corrections officers, those hired will work together to enforce rules and maintain order within the correctional facility while interacting with inmates. On average, the Elkhart County Correctional Facility houses approximately 800 inmates that have been incarcerated for crimes ranging from non-violent misdemeanors to serious and violent felonies. Our corrections officers are tasked with a variety of responsibilities while on duty. These tasks include, but are not limited to performing booking and release functions, which include fingerprints, pictures, property inventory, bond processing as well as performing floor-monitoring duties, including: ward checks, inspections, meal distribution, and distributing authorized medications to inmates. Other duties include, but are not limited to, operating a control room, incorporating multi-tasking skills to manage several monitors as well as the computer system by answering call buttons and responding to inmates.
Those competing for positions will be required to undergo a written examination that will be ranked according to standard deviation methods. All applicants should be physically fit and must pass the Corrections Officer Physical Abilities Test (COPAT), which includes several obstacles designed to create potential situations encountered by a corrections officer. Candidates will also be able to demonstrate the ability to properly and safely handle a firearm with the requirement that this can be done while using both hands separately and independently from each other. For more information on the COPAT, watch this video.
All candidates are expected to be of good character as we are committed to achieving the highest standards of performance, ethical conduct, and truthfulness, on and off duty. To ensure this legacy continues applicants will undergo an extensive pre-employment character background and criminal history check, as well as polygraph and psychological tests.
New corrections officers are also required to be 18 years of age, have a valid driver’s license, and obtain a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
In an effort to attract the best candidates, we offer competitive pay and benefits. The starting rate for probationary corrections officer is $16.00/hr, and those with prior corrections experience will receive experienced pay rates as well.
In January 2016, our officers switched to a 12-hour rotating shift schedule. With the implementation of this new schedule, officers have rotating days off and are scheduled for a three day weekend every other week (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). This schedule provides officers with up to seven days off, per 14-day pay period, which means they are actually working fewer days than before. It is important to note that though officers have additional time off, the schedule provides for more officers on duty when compared to the previous schedule. Below is an illustration of how a typical 12-hour schedule would look:
The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department strongly supports equal employment opportunity laws. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, gender, race, religious beliefs, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. This 5-page fact sheet answers frequently asked questions regarding the ADA and its impact on law enforcement officers with disabilities.