Human Resources Department
17 Courthouse
Mercer, PA 16137
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Positions Currently Available

House Arrest Officer

Position: House Arrest Officer Posted: May 22, 2015 Deadline: June 8, 2015 2

Position:                     House Arrest Officer


Department:              Intermediate Punishment Program


Reports To:                IPP Director


Program Area:          Community Corrections


Salary:                        Pay Grade: P&A Grade 5  (Entry pay rate: $30,474/yr)

On Call Salary: $35.00 per day served


Position Summary:


This is a professional level position operating under the authority of the Mercer County Prison Board and the Mercer County Court of Common Pleas. The electronic monitoring program is designed and expected to maintain the integrity and credibility of the Courts, Prison Board and the IP Program. Responsibility includes but is not limited to the supervision of all offenders placed on house arrest with and without electronic monitoring by the Mercer County Courts and District Judges. Employee must be familiar with the operation of the criminal justice system and be able to effectively communicate with program participants and their families, law enforcement officials and court staff. This officer is required to make decisions directly affecting the personal liberties of individuals. There is an element of risk inherent in working with the offender population. This position is also responsible for providing on call responsibilities in support of the house arrest program.


Essential Duties:


  • Responsible for all aspects of supervision of assigned house arrest participants.
  • Assists program participants with the interpretation of Court Orders/conditions.
  • Obtain participant data and forward appropriate information to the monitoring center.
  • Photograph program participants.
  • Conducts drug testing and maintains chain of custody for all appropriate specimens. Follows specimen collection policies and procedures to maintain the integrity of the specimen in all cases.
  • Maintain records of drug testing in accordance with program policy and procedures. 
  • Maintain the drug test collection control log and submit this log as required to the secretary /clerk typist for billing purposes.
  • Conduct alcohol breath testing using departmental supplied equipment.
  • Inventory, order, return, calibrate and depurate electronic monitoring, drug testing and alcohol testing equipment.
  • Install and remove electronic monitoring equipment on the offender and in their residence.
  • Review alarm summaries submitted by the monitoring center on a daily basis to include activity summaries, breath alcohol test results and location checks. 
  • Maintains an open line of communication with drug and alcohol treatment agencies. Monitors compliance of defendants with their treatment programs.
  • Maintains an open line of communication with mental health treatment providers and makes appropriate referral of defendants to such treatment.  Monitors compliance of defendants with their treatment programs.





Position Description



  • Monitors house arrest defendant compliance with payment schedules as established in appropriate cases.
  • Conduct office, field and collateral contacts to ensure offender compliance with program policies and procedures and directives, conditions and Court Orders.
  • Responsible for maintaining the house arrest program participant database.
  • Investigates alleged violations of conditions governing supervision of Intermediate Punishment House Arrest. Complete and issue violation notices to offenders for infractions of program policies and regulations.
  • Verify participant activity through collateral contacts and monitoring activity reports.
  • Provide written reports regarding participant violations for review by the IP Director and Courts.
  • Testifies in court proceedings as necessary.
  • Effectively carries out the policies and procedures for the House Arrest program as established in the Mercer County Intermediate Punishment House Arrest Program.
  • Prepares monthly statistical reports and maintains and provides information for the preparation of such other reports as directed.
  • Performs such other related tasks and duties as maybe requested or assigned by the IPP Director in support of the IP Program.
  • Coordinates treatment for offenders with special needs.
  • Networks with local law enforcement, other court staff and probation/parole departments.
  • Prepare billing and credit statements as appropriate for house arrest participants.
  • Completes and submits Daily Activity Reports to the IP Director identifying workload on a daily basis.
  • Prepares recommendations and progress reports to the Court as required.
  • Provides daily or event occurrence updates of offender progressive records and files to include summarizing offender, collateral, offender employment, treatment and police contacts as they occur.
  • Maintain offender files and records confidentiality.
  • Maintain the position professionalism, credibility and integrity at all



Other Job Duties:


  • Attends trainings, meetings and seminars as required or requested.
  • Performs other job-related duties as required.
  • Officer will be required to participate in the On Call rotation and respond to after-hour violations in support of the house arrest program.



Supervision Received:


The House Arrest Officer receives instruction and supervision from the IPP Director in regard to daily work duties.






Position Description



Supervision Given:






A.        Education/Training:

  • Minimum of a Bachelors degree in criminal justice or related field.
  • Ability to pass certification training as required and updating of specialized skills to include specialized training programs including self defense, firearms and weapons of self defense.
  • Ability to learn and understand practices and procedures for the operation of the program.

B.        Work experience:

  • None required; 1-2 years experience preferred.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:


  • Must be able to speak and understand the English language in an understandable manner in order to carry out the essential job functions.
  • Must possess good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Must possess initiative and problem solving skills.
  • Must possess the ability to function independently, have flexibility and the ability to work effectively with co-workers and staff.
  • Must possess knowledge of criminal justice system and ability to apply same to the job.
  • Must possess the ability to maintain confidentiality in regard to offender information and records.
  • Must possess the technical knowledge of operating personal computers and other office equipment with accuracy and reasonable speed.
  • Must possess the willingness to travel as needed to carry out the essential job duties.
  • Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
  • Must be able to maintain accurate statistics and records in computer and in files and to provide required reports in a timely manner.
  • Must be able to apply basic math calculations and to apply regarding collection of fees, records, reports and other documents.
  • Must possess the knowledge of ability to screen offenders and place them into appropriate programs.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be competent to be able to complete certification for drug and hair testing.


Working Conditions:


  • Works indoors in adequate work space with adequate temperatures, ventilation and lighting.
  • Moderate exposure to stress and disruptions.
  • Normal indoor exposure to dust/dirt.
  • Works in conditions of potential outbursts or disruptive behavior of defendants.




Position Description



  • Travels during all seasons and is exposed to outdoor elements including snowy, icy roadways.
  • Conducts field contacts with offenders. Carries pepper spray (OC), TASER and expandable baton and is trained in defensive tactics both verbal and non-verbal.
  • Potential exposure to infectious diseases during urinalysis and contacts.


This position works both in the office and field setting in the supervision of criminal offenders. Proper offender supervision includes potential hazards dealing with potentially violent, drugged and offensive persons including the offender, their family and friends in sometimes hostile environments.


Physical and Mental Conditions:


  • Must possess the ability to record, convey and present information, explain procedures and follow instructions.
  • Must be able to sit for long periods throughout the workday, with intermittent periods of standing, walking, bending, twisting and reaching, as necessary to carry out job duties.
  • Dexterity requirements range from simple to coordinated movements of fingers/hands, feet/legs; torso necessary to carry out duties of job.
  • Sedentary work that may incur occasional lifting/carrying objects with a maximum weight of thirty pounds.
  • Must be able to cope with the physical and mental stress of the position.
  • Must be able to react quickly physically and mentally in the event of a disturbance or physical outbreak.


This position requires the individual to be capable of actively participating in self defense training which may involve lifting, throwing, running, tumbling and utilize weapons of self defense.


How to Apply:


All Applicants must complete the standard County of Mercer Application


Please send a letter of interest, salary history, resume, three references and completed standard County of Mercer Application for employment to:


                                    Mercer County Human Resources

                                    17 Courthouse

                                    Mercer, PA 16137



Deadline to Apply:  Monday, June 8th, 2015