Police Services Officer
The primary responsibility of the Police Services Officer (PSO)
is the Booking Office and temporary detention facility. Some of
these duties involve receiving, searching, fingerprinting, photographing
prisoners and detainees. Information on these individuals is obtained
and entered into various law enforcement databases.
Interview & Investigative Opportunities
PSO's continue the information gathering that officers start in
the field. Particular attention is given to individual identifying
characteristics such as physical features, marks, scars or tattoos.
If the PSO is unable to obtain truthful information given by the
prisoner, fingerprints are then obtained and sent via computer for
processing by the CAL-ID network. Confirmed identification is usually
obtained anywhere from twenty minutes to a couple of hours. All
other information is entered into various databases where the information
is used to update official files and records.
The PSO position offers the opportunity to learn new or build on
existing skills. Communication and computer skills, knowledge in
criminal law and arrest and control techniques, all enhance the
PSO's confidence in overseeing this integral phase of the arrest
process. Written and verbal communication skills are sharpened with
the daily interaction that occurs among other department personnel,
allied agencies and in dealing with the public either on the telephone
or in person at the front counter. PSO's develop expertise in various
areas quickly, making them a valuable resource.
Other responsibilities of the PSO are clearing stolen vehicles from
NCIC and notifying the registered owner of the vehicles that their
vehicle has been recovered. Constant monitoring of prisoners with
the aide of in-cell cameras is one of the primary responsibilities.
PSO's must ensure that the prisoners are afforded their rights to
telephone calls and look out for their health and welfare during
their stay. Sick or injured prisoners must be medically screened
before transporting to county jail. It is the PSO's responsibility
to recognize and respond appropriately in ensuring the personal
and medical needs of prisoners are obtained.
Many PSO's use this position as a springboard to become Police
Officers. The knowledge and skills learned enable the PSO
to build their confidence and move on to other areas of law enforcement.
For more Information contact Human
Resources at (619) 691-5096.