Sheriff Angel Cardenas

Deputy Sheriff – Detention



Under general supervision, processes detainees into and out of the detention facility; monitors and controls activities of detainees supervises activities of detainees; transports detainees; completes reports; and performs other work as assigned. 

Employees in the class of Deputy Sheriff – Detention are distinguished from those in the class of Deputy Sheriff by possession of a Nevada Commission on Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Basic Category 3 Certificate and assignment to work in the detention facility.  Employees in the Deputy Sheriff – Detention class may be assigned to patrol and/or investigative functions under immediate supervision or in a training capacity. 

The class of Deputy Sheriff – Detention Trainee is the entry level class for employees who do not have a current Nevada P.O.S.T. Category 3 certificate.  Employees in this class must complete the requirements for Nevada P.O.S.T. certification and perform the duties of a Deputy Sheriff – Detention under immediate supervision.  Employees in the Trainee class are normally expected to qualify for promotion to the class of Deputy Sheriff – Detention within eighteen months of initial appointment. 



The duties listed below are examples of the work typically performed by employees in this class. An employee may not be assigned all duties listed and may be assigned duties which are not listed below. Marginal duties (shown in italics) are those which are least likely to be essential functions for any single position in this class.  

  1. Maintains order and security within the detention facility through verbal communications with detainees and physical presence; assesses information and makes decisions regarding detainees; directs and instructs detainees (individually and in groups); monitors and documents behavior of detainees; operates and monitors electronic equipment allowing for movement of staff and detainees.


  1. Responds to emergency alarms to maintain control and behavior of detainees and to provide needed assistance to staff within and outside of the facility.


  1. Reviews and responds to detainee grievances; conducts detainee disciplinary hearings to determine if sanctions are warranted.


  1. Searches incoming detainees for removal of valuables and contraband; inventories property for secure keeping; conducts interviews and reviews background of detainees to determine appropriate housing assignment; assigns detainees to housing; provides orientation to new detainees regarding rules, regulations and responsibilities; fingerprints and photographs detainees.


  1. Investigates crimes, makes arrests and serves warrants in the detention facility; prepares written reports and maintains statistics on incidents such as use of force, disturbances and contraband confiscated; testifies in court.


  1. Identifies symptoms of possible emotional and physical disorder to make referrals; gives first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation; transports detainees to medical treatment.


  1. Transports detainees for court appearances; keeps records of dates of appearances and communicates with judges and court staff; maintains security during court appearances.


  1. Performs inspections of work areas to ensure maintenance of equipment, cleanliness and security of the facility.


  1. Admits visitors with proper credentials and advises them on rules and procedures.


Typical Qualifications

Knowledge and Ability

Knowledge of procedures for searching detainees; what constitutes contraband; techniques for control of detainees; where contraband is hidden; current statutes; department policies and procedures; legal terminology used in law enforcement; first aid techniques and procedures of personal safety; defense and restraint tactics; procedures for receipt and accounting for money. 

Ability to read and apply regulations and policies of; describe people, actions and scenes; identify and solve problems; communicate effectively with individuals in a variety of different emotional states, from a variety of different backgrounds and with different educational backgrounds and mental capacities; rapidly shift among communication styles; communicate by radio; evaluate the behavior of detainees; respond to and make decisions under stress of emergency and confrontation; remember and make a written record of observations and actions taken; use a computer to enter and retrieve information; apply classification and coding systems; apply general information and principles to specific situations; perform basic math. 

Required Certifications and Licenses

  • A valid Nevada Class C driver’s license is required at the time of appointment and for continued employment in this classification.
  • Required to maintain Basic P.O.S.T. Certificate as Category 3 Peace Officer per NRS/NAC 289.
  • Required to complete P.O.S.T. continuing education requirements in accordance with NRS/NAC 289.

Experience and Training

  • Must possess a current and valid Nevada P.O.S.T. Basic Category 3 Certificate at time of appointment. All others will be enrolled in a Nevada P.O.S.T. Basic Category 3 Academy at time of hire. 
  • Must meet P.O.S.T. requirements per Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 289 in its entirety:
    • Graduation from high school or possession of a General Education Development (G.E.D.) Certificate.
    • Must be 21 years of age at the time of application.
    • Must be a United States Citizen at time of application.

A person may not be appointed to perform the duties of a peace officer if he or she has:

  • Been convicted of a felony in this State or of any offense which would be a felony if committed in this State Law.
  • Been convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude or the unlawful use, sale or possession of a controlled substance; or,
  • A documented history of physical violence or other criminal history which resulted in a conviction.