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Detention Officer

Working in a Jail Environment
Working in the Grand Prairie Detention Center is exciting and challenging. Detention officers have the opportunity to make a difference in their community. After a year or more of service, they may also apply to become Detention Training Officers. With additional Detention Center experience, they may also become Acting Detention Supervisors.

Detention Officers are responsible for the daily operation of the jail. Duties include booking,
fingerprinting and photographing arrested persons, classifying, supervising activities and releasing jail inmates, and conducting intoxilyzer tests.

Detention Officer Pay

(Depending on Qualifications)
Pay Scale as of 11-3-12
Hourly Salary:


  • Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • must be a U.S. citizen;
  • at least 18 years of age;
  • a valid Class C Texas driver’s license and a good driving record;
  • the ability to pass a thorough background check;  
  • No conviction of a Class B misdemeanor or above;
  • Psychological assessment, physical exam, polygraph and drug screening are also required.
  • Driver’s License
    Applicants must possess a valid Texas driver’s license and have no more than two events (moving violations or accidents) in the 24 months preceding the date of application. Out of state applicants may apply, but must obtain a Texas driver’s license upon employment with the city.
  • Character/Background
    Applicants will undergo a background investigation. Applicants with felony convictions will not be considered for employment; applicants cannot be on probation for any offense on the date of application; no DWI/DUI convictions within the last 120 months/10 years; and no applicant may be certified as eligible for appointment to the position of Detention Officer whose drug usage does not comply with those standards set by the City of Grand Prairie Civil Service Commission.
  • Documentation
    All applicants must provide the following documentation at time of application:

    • Birth Certificate (original or certified copy);
    • Form DD-214