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Work Release Officer

Begin your criminal justice career with Anoka County Community Corrections as a Work Release Officer. These professionals are calm, dependable and maintain the safety and security of the adult work release facility in Anoka. The officers are also responsible for monitoring and escorting inmates in the community, transporting inmates and responding to emergencies.

This full-time, non-exempt, benefit-eligible position is located in the Adult Workhouse in Anoka. Work schedule is five days on, then two days off, including weekends and holidays. After completion of training period, most new Officers will be assigned to the overnight shift. Shifts are bid biannually based on seniority. After completion of training period, most new officers will be assigned the second (3 p.m. - 11 p.m.) or third (11 p.m. - 7 a.m.) shift, due to the shift bid process.

Duties and Responsibilities
These examples are not all inclusive and are intended to be illustrative of primary responsibilities of an Anoka County Work Release Officer.

  • Coordinate and ensure safe and efficient custodial intake and release procedures are completed.
  • Perform and electronically document safety, well-being and facility security checks.
  • Provide constant and direct supervision of in-custody population in their daily living units including various work assignments.
  • Maintain facility rules and regulations through the use of direct supervision, interpersonal communication, directives, disciplinary action and physical restraint.
  • Respond to and assess emergencies, restore order and security as well as de-escalate and mediate conflicts directly.
  • Contact employers to obtain work reports.
  • Conduct inmate spot checks in the community and escort inmates to appointments, transport inmates between facilities and courthouse and monitor the inmate when they are off-grounds.
  • Collect urinalysis specimens, perform searches, metal detection and breathalyzer tests.
  • Ensure basic inmate needs are met at all times including food, clothing, medication/medical services and shelter.
  • Use a variety of techniques when interacting with inmates including group approach, teaching, modeling and confrontation with motivational interviewing components as the foundation of those interactions.
  • Maintain confidentiality and professional boundaries at all times.


Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or G.E.D. and one year of post-secondary training or coursework in Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement.
  • High school diploma or G.E.D. and one year paid work experience in security, loss prevention or military experience.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age by the closing date of this posting.
  • Successfully pass criminal history and driver's license background checks.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Associate degree or higher.