No employee with the Ottawa County Jail will call, advise you of someone being in jail, then ask for bond money.

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Main: (918) 542-2806

28 B St SE
Miami, Ok 74354

Careers at Ottawa County

Detention Officer

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office is seeking qualified Detention Officers


  • Must be at least U.S. Citizen
  • Have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Have a valid Driver's License - Insurable Driving Record
  • Must pass a background investigation and have No felony convictions
  • No Domestic Violence Record
  • Good Moral Character
  • Available to work shifts- 24/7 operation
  • Write clearly and concisely; use acceptable grammar, punctuation, and spelling; write reports which are organized, complete, accurate, and factual
  • Adapt to changes in working conditions (e.g., changes in assignment, shift changes, and different types of incidents either incidentally or continuously, etc.)
  • Proceed on assignments without waiting to be told what to do; make an effort to improve skills and keep informed of new developments in the field; exert the effort needed to make sure the job is done right, the first time; be consistently productive
  • Follow orders, rules, and department policy
  • Prepare and maintain accurate and factual records
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision
  • Understand and follow written or verbal instructions
  • Maintain a high degree of personal and professional honesty and integrity
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing


  • Supervise and control inmate behavior while performing various tasks completed during the daily operation of the detention center. 
  • Exercise appropriate judgment in handling of special needs situations or inmates; provide assistance in the classification of inmates
  • Communicate effectively and coherently with other staff or inmates with approved facility communication devices including the telephone system, intercom system, and portable or base radios
  • Demonstrate effective communicative skills with inmates, public and staff Perform searches of people, cells, objects capable of concealing contraband, and indoor and outdoor areas.
  • The physical aspects of the job entail, walking, kneeling, lifting, bending or stooping for long periods of time and possibly physical altercations with inmates.
  • Administer basic emergency first aid Transport or escort inmates (hostile, aggressive, passive, etc.) using handcuffs and other approved restraints in accordance to policy and procedure.
  • Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents including the processing of such documents as medical instructions, commitments, release orders, summons, and other documents Maintain weapons, equipment and uniforms in functional condition as prescribed for by departmental policy.
  • Maintain inmate property and storage Collect, resolve and/or direct to appropriate individual or division, inmate complaints, grievances or requests.
  • Prepare investigative and other reports or documentation, using appropriate grammar.
  • Endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with hostile views or opinions of inmates and other persons in an antagonistic environment.
  • Process and release inmates including taking photographs and legible sets of inked fingerprints, and/or palm prints.
  • Report facility mechanical failures
  • Perform related duties and other responsibilities as assigned

If you have questions please call 918-542-2806 and ask for Sheri Thurs, Jail Administrator.

Apply Now

To apply, pick up and application in person from the Sheriff's Office Administrator. Once completed, please return it to the following address:

Ottawa County Sheriff's Office
28 B St SE
Miami, Ok 74354