Detention Officer

Why Choose Irving?Irving Detention Officer

The City of Irving is a vibrant and dynamic community with more than 235,000 residents.

The Irving Police Department has more than 400 sworn officers and 49 detention officers. The police department’s facilities include two police stations, a Family Advocacy Center, a Police Athletic League facility and a full-service Police Academy.

Irving is looking for individuals who possess good decision-making abilities and good judgment, as well as demonstrate dependability, emotional control and, above all, impeccable integrity.


  • At least 18 years of age
  • A high school diploma or equivalent
  • A valid Class C Texas driver’s license and a good driving record
  • The ability to pass a thorough background check

Working in a Jail Environment

Working in the Irving Jail is not only safe, but it is an exciting and challenging career choice.

Detention officers also have the opportunity to become specialized in areas such as Gangs, Use of Force and Mental Health Awareness. After a year or more of service, detention officers have the opportunity to become mentors or training officers.

Lateral Detention Officers

Applicants currently working as jailers in the State of Texas who have a minimum of 2 years of experience may be considered for increased base pay. Determination of starting pay step will be based on years of experience, size of the previous facility, supervisory experience and other licenses.

 Each “year of experience” is based upon the completion of 12 full months in the position.

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  1. Training
  2. Benefits
  3. Retirement
  4. Salary

Once hired, new officers attend four months of training. During this time, they are trained in:

  • Law and Government: Laws, penal codes, court procedures and government regulations.
  • Jail Safety and Security: Principles and proper procedures for prisoner and officer safety, including use of force, search and restraint.
  • Mechanical/Technical: Safe operation of various equipment, including restraint devices, life support systems, computers and radios.

Upon completion of training, new hires also attain the following certifications:

  • Appropriate National Crime Information Center (NCIC)/Texas Crime Information Center (TCIC) access certification.
  • Breath Intoxilyzer 5000 TCOLE certification.

Job Posting Information

Applications are accepted when a vacancy occurs. View open positions with the City of Irving.

Apply online or in person at Irving City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd.