Detention Officers are a vital part of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office as they are charged with the care, custody, and control of the thousands of inmates at the Harris County Jail. Detention Officers report to and receive assignments, instructions, and direction from Sergeants, Lieutenants, and Captains. The duties of a detention officer include, but are not limited to, monitoring and documenting jail inmate activities, and controlling and directing inmates while out of jail cell areas (e.g. transfers, work assignments, meals, recreation, etc.). Detention Officers may also qualify to attend the Basic Peace Officer Course at our academy and become a Deputy Sheriff if they meet both the requirements set by the agency and the criteria to become a Texas Peace Officer. Detention Officer Applicants are no longer required to run a mile and half as part of the physical ability testing.