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Detention Aide (Part-Time)

Chicago Heights Police Department


Contact Information


Chicago Heights Police Department
1601 S Halsted Street
Chicago Heights, IL 60411

Phone Number:

  • 708-756-6724

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 02/29/20


  • $15.00/hour

Sworn Officers:

  • 80


  • 30,000

Position Details


Under general supervision, performs a variety of entry-level support activities. Work includes varied processing and entry level security duties, sanitation, cleaning, utility and laundry duties, computer terminal operation when applicable to assigned functional area. Work will involve working around inmates, such as processing or in supervision. Incumbents follow prescribed security procedures and departmental regulations in performing related work as directed.


The list of essential functions is intended to be representative of the tasks performed by an employee in this position. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.

  • Performs various entry-level support activities according to area and shift of assignment, i.e. laundry, sanitation, cleaning and utility duties
  • Photographs prisoners detained at Police facilities using an electronic photograph system
  • Fingerprints prisoners by taking impressions using the manual ink method and/or the electronic live scan/biometric fingerprint scanners
  • Searches prisoners using proper pat-down procedures and operates a hand held scanner during searches to ensure only permitted items are brought into the detention facility
  • Asks screening questions and observes prisoners to ensure they are physically fit before admission to the detention facility
  • Escorts prisoners to detainment cells and locks and unlocks cells
  • Performs security checks by inspecting detention cells at frequent intervals to ensure order, discipline and the safety of prisoners
  • Maintains control of uncooperative and unruly detainees
  • Makes appropriate notifications when prisoners are injured or need medical attention
  • Uses a computer to update and maintain prisoner information in the Citizen Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting (CLEAR) system
  • Inventories personal property of prisoners and prepares receipts for items inventoried
  • Updates and maintains records to document distribution of meals, visitations and other activities in detention facilities
  • Ensures the detention facility is kept clean and orderly and equipment is properly maintained
  • May operate a vehicle when applicable to assigned functional area 


Reports to and is supervised by the Detention Supervisor, Watch Commander.




This is a part-time position; hours will vary to include day, afternoon or evening as determined by position duties and specified department operations.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential and important duties require the following physical abilities and work environment:

  • Mobility to complete site visits that may include steps to reach locations
  • Drive a motor vehicle to off-site division locations
  • Attend meetings with City departments or other agencies as required
  • Vision to read printed materials and a computer screen
  • Hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone
  • May require the performance of other essential and marginal functions
  • Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment physical/drug screen examination and background check following a conditional employment offer 


Must establish residency within corporate limits of the City of Chicago Heights within one year from date of hire.


High school diploma or GED certification required; prefer previous experience in sanitation, cleaning, utility and/or laundry work; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.


Compliance with requirement to adhere to uniformed dress code criteria; possess and maintain a valid driver's license throughout employment without any restrictions that affect job performance.


Knowledge of:

  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines
  • Basic knowledge of safety and security principles and practices
  • Basic knowledge of law enforcement procedures
  • Knowledge of applicable City and department policies, procedures, rules and regulation 

Skills and Abilities:

  • Critical thinking skills and demonstrate an ability to use logic and reasoning
  • Basic proficiency in math
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office for data entry and creating/maintain spreadsheets
  • Ability to meet assigned schedule on shift with punctual and consistent attendance
  • Ability to use other department software including but not limited to CAPERS and LEADS
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of situations
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral or scheduled form
  • Ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand
  • Ability to read and comprehend written information
  • Ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing


Essential and important duties require the following physical abilities and work environment:

  • Manual dexterity for operating office equipment
  • Vision to read printed materials and a computer screen
  • Hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by any an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Tasks involve the ability to exert moderate physical effort in to light to moderately heavy work, typically involving some combination of bending, reaching, stooping, or kneeling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderately heavy weight (50-100 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time standing or sitting at a workstation. May require occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of heavier objects. Tasks are performed in a corrections environment where proper provisions are in place in terms of employee security and protection. Due to the nature and location of the work environment, tasks include potential for intermittent exposure to disagreeable elements consistent with routine conditions in a corrections detainment environment, e.g., loud noise, pathogens, disruptive and/or potentially violent behavior.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individual assigned this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the City of Chicago Heights Human Resources page for a complete position description on our website at:

Interested and qualified applicants must complete a City of Chicago Heights application, also available for download on the website.

Completed application may be returned to:

Human Resources Department

City of Chicago Heights

1601 Chicago Road

Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411


By email to:


Submitted via the HR fax at:


The City of Chicago Heights is an equal opportunity employer and affords equal opportunity to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other status protected under local, state, or federal laws.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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