The City of Kent Corrections Facility (CKCF), is a WASPC accredited 98 bed jail that employs 27 full time staff, including 7 Sergeants and 1 Commander. The CKCF operates under the Support Services Division of the Kent Police Department and is an attractive option for those who are looking for the opportunity to serve in a larger facility that has the family environment of a small-town jail. The CKCF is an indirect supervision facility which has recently undergone renovations to the staff areas and booking counter, added two new transport vehicles and hosts a number of progressive programs that afford our employees an opportunity to advance and grow in their careers. The CKCF offers competitive pay and benefits, significant training opportunities to support career goals, and a streamlined Corrections Officer to Police Officer track for those who are interested. The CKCF is a great place to start and grow your career!
Salary and Benefits
- Starting pay: $73,510 - $89,409*
- Education Incentive ($900 - $1,440 a year)
- Accreditation Incentive (1.0%)
- Specialty Premiums (3.5%)
- Longevity Premiums (2.0% - 8.0%)
- Instructor Premiums ($900 a year)
- Bi-Lingual Premiums ($1,200 a year)
- Up to 100 Hours Compensatory Time Bank
- Up to $5000 signing bonus for Lateral Officers
*Includes 1.0% Accreditation Incentive
- Specialty positions such as Field Training Officer, Administrative Sergeant, Programs Coordinator and Work Crew Coordinator
- 4-10 hour work days with reverse shift bidding for low seniority first trimester
- Generous annual vacation, sick and holiday hours
- Sick leave incentive program
- Holiday cash out program
- Premium in-service training, outside training opportunities
Positions in this class must meet Civil Service Rule and Regulations:
- High school graduate or GED
- At least 20 years old
- US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident
- Must possess a valid Washington State driver’s license or be able to obtain one within 30 days of appointment
- Must be able to pass a polygraph examination
- Must be able to successfully complete all requirements of the WSCJTC Basic Corrections Officer Academy including defensive tactics within six months of date of hire
- Basic first aid certificate and CPR certificate within first year of employment
Lateral Officer Hiring Incentives:
- $5000 Lateral Hiring Incentive ($2500 first check, $2500 at completion of one-year probation)
- Up to $1000 for relocation
- Front loading of sick leave hours and vacation hours
- Remote testing available for out of area candidates
CO to PO Program
If you are exploring Corrections to gain experience for a career as a law enforcement officer, then we have what you’re looking for! Benefits include:
- CO to PO has its own eligibility list which means that candidates are only testing against other interested Kent Corrections Officers
- Candidates are not required to retest through Public Safety Testing
- Your longevity with the city, accrued sick leave and vacation as a Corrections Officer all carry over to your new position as a Police Officer
- Gain valuable and relevant work experience in the law enforcement field!
All uniforms, equipment and training expenses, including the cost of attending Basic Corrections Officer Academy, are covered by the CKCF.
Corrections Officer starting pay is dependent upon experience. Both sick leave and vacation time can be front-loaded with up to 40 hours each for qualifying lateral Corrections Officers.
Corrections Officer to Police Officer Program
Kent PD offers a unique program for any Corrections Officers looking to advance their career in law enforcement. If you meet the qualifications required, you will work for two years at the City of Kent Corrections Facility (1 year for qualifying laterals) then be eligible to test for vacant Entry Level Police Officer positions!
WHY CORRECTIONS OFFICERS LOVE WORKING FOR KENT PD
Ian Lentz, Police Officer, Kent PD
I worked as a corrections officer for the City of Kent for two and a half years. My time in corrections provided me with the level of confidence and command presence necessary to be successful as a patrol officer on the streets. Working in the Kent Jail allowed me the opportunity to develop relationships with several of the officers and see first-hand their level of training and commitment to excellence. The patrol division as a whole is professional and highly trained. I was supported and encouraged by both my peers at the jail and the patrol officers to explore what the Corrections Officer to Police Officer program had to offer. My testing was streamlined, convenient and conducted in-house.
My experience as a Kent Corrections Officer helped me to find success as a patrol officer on the streets. I encourage anyone interested in this unique opportunity to gain relevant experience for a law enforcement career, to consider Kent Corrections.
Sergeant Rick Armstrong
I have worked for the City of Kent Correctional Facility, (CKCF) for over a decade; in that time I have been provided with multiple opportunities to grow personally and professionally. My co-workers and supervisors have helped to mold me into the person I am today with their compassion, tutelage, & camaraderie. It really does feel like an extended family here with the support and guidance that I have received at work and at home. My team does just about everything we can to support one another.
During my tenure, I have been afforded the opportunity to participate in a variety of professional growth opportunities. I have been assigned as a Field Training Officer, interviewed prospective CO candidates in oral board interviews, provided emotional guidance on our Peer Support Team, and connected with the Kent community during Shop-With-A-Cop. I was recently promoted to the rank of Sergeant and attribute my career success in part to the encouragement I received to hand select the trainings that interest me, along with these opportunities to develop new skills. One of the most rewarding roles I’ve assumed is mentoring the newly hired corrections officers, and watching them grow into part of our CKCF family, along with mentoring the new corrections officers who decide to join the Kent Police Department through our CO to PO program.
The City of Kent Corrections Facility encourages and allows me to have a good work to home life balance. CKCF is cognizant of how scheduling can affect family life and makes it a priority to manage work load, schedules and time off in a responsible way. I feel very supported at CKCF with my professional and personal life needs and goals. When you really break down all the pros & cons I can’t imagine another correctional facility comes close to what the City of Kent offers.
Officer Kenneth Holifield
I began my corrections career at the Washington State Department of Corrections in 2005. I lateraled to The City of Kent Corrections Facility, (CKCF) in 2015. I was apprehensive about the idea of starting over at a new department, but when I arrived I was immediately embraced by all of the Police and Corrections staff.
In three short years, I earned the opportunity to work in the Programs Department supervising a Work Crew of inmates conducting homeless camp and graffiti clean-up. Every day I get to work shoulder to shoulder with Kent Police Officers while doing my Work Crew duties. Working at the CKCF has been wonderful because I am surrounded by high-performing and supportive co-workers and staff.
The training that the City of Kent provides is unequalled. The Command Staff consistently creates and supports innovative ways to help us develop new skills that apply to our everyday job, while encouraging our personal professional aspirations. I am proud of what I do and what I have accomplished here at the Kent Jail. I would recommend this profession, and the City of Kent, to anyone seeking a great work environment that supports individual employee career growth. Joining the City of Kent Corrections Facility was a great move for me, and I highly recommend my department!
Officer Amber Horejsi
I have experienced many facets of law enforcement; 21 years of it as a corrections officer. I have worked as a C.O. in both a large department that holds 800 inmates as well as in a small department that holds 25 inmates. I have found the City of Kent Corrections Facility is the right size to provide opportunities to grow as an officer and allows you to stay busy, while still maintaining a small agency feel. Corrections officers with Kent gain experience working all areas of the jail, not just one post for years like bigger facilities. If you want to pursue additional training, Kent Correction Administration invests in your professional development as you work to become the officer that you strive to be.
During my 6 years with Kent I have held positions as both a Field Training Officer and a Background Investigator. Kent Corrections also offers opportunities to engage the community by encouraging Corrections staff to participate in recruiting, Shop with a Cop, Cornucopia Days and teaching Police Science at Kent Meridian High School. If you are looking for opportunities for personal and professional growth, Kent Corrections is a great place to work. I highly recommend this department!