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Employment Opportunities

Barnstable County Sheriff's Office

Interested in a career at the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office?

The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office offers a variety of careers in a correctional setting at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility, as well as careers that support law enforcement at the BCSO Emergency Communications Center, BCSO Bureau of Criminal Investigations Unit, the Radio Technical Shop and the Civil Process Division. Whether you’re looking for a position in a correctional setting, as an emergency dispatcher, criminal identification officer or radio tech, the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office provides a professional setting for its workforce to achieve personal job satisfaction in an enormously fulfilling career.

About BCSO Employment Positions

  • Correctional Officer- Spring 2024 Academy

    Our eleven-week paid Academy prepares entry level Correctional Officers for a career that blends security work, human services and leadership opportunities. This work is rewarding on many levels and draws on a wide range of skills. The ideal candidate has strong communication and leadership skills to maintain order and control as well as strong judgment to make good decisions in high stress situations. We are committed to ensuring a safe workplace where staff are provided with tools and resources to meet today's challenges, including robust training and professional development. As a Correctional Officer you will be working as part of a team to ensure inmates receive the tools and resources they need to be successful when they are released.

    **This position has a start date of March 11, 2024**

    Written Test and PT Test will be conducted in December 2023/January 2024


    Maintain custodial care, and control of the inmates in their assigned area
    Oversee inmate compliance with inmate disciplinary rules and regulations
    Responsible for inspecting inmate housing units and ensuring all areas are kept to facility standards
    Responsible for ensuring written reports and/or work orders are submitted when housing, safety standards or maintenance issues arise
    Responsible for patrolling assigned areas of the facility, and ensuring the facility is kept in accordance with departmental policies, necessary to prevent escapes, riots and disorders
    Responsible for administering first aid up to their level of training
    Responsible for supervising inmate visits and monitoring inmate mail in accordance with departmental policies
    Responsible for enforcing all relevant facility rules and regulations as it relates to inmate behavior
    Responsible for clearly communicating with the inmate population, with an emphasis on inmates following instructions given to them
    Responsible for booking inmates, including but not limited to fingerprinting, photographing and collecting data from incoming inmates
    Good attendance is an essential aspect of this position.


    Must be 21 years of age by completion of the academy
    Must have a high school diploma or equivalent; B.S. degree Criminal Justice preferred but not required
    Ability to follow written and oral instruction
    Pass written, physical fitness and drug exams
    Must be eligible to obtain a license to carry a firearm in the state if MA
    Successfully complete an oral interview

Our Emergency Communications Center located on Joint Base Cape Cod is staffed with public safety communications professionals that are responsible for answering emergency calls and dispatching appropriate first responders, providing fire and EMS mutual aid for the entire county, and patching ambulances to area hospitals over the CMED radio system. Entry level positions require First Responder and CPR certificates.

Radio Technicians work out of our Technical Division on Joint Base Cape Cod. They install, maintain and repair state-of-the art communication equipment, electronic security and related public safety and law enforcement equipment for agencies throughout Barnstable County. Radio Technicians must have a Federal Communications Commission License or the equivalent in order to qualify for an entry level position.

BCSO has a variety of positions for services provided to the inmates in our custody, including, a job developer, treatment specialists, clinicians, social workers, librarians, and reintegration specialists. Under the direction of the BCSO Director of Inmate Services, these employees work diligently to provide services for the benefit of inmates during incarceration and upon release.

Teachers at the BCSO provide education to those eligible inmates that choose to better themselves during incarceration. BCSO teachers provide functional literacy classes, high interest classes, HiSET preparation, book club, and credit bearing college classes through Cape Cod Community College. Special Education and Institutional Settings teachers provide extra instruction for qualifying inmates under the age of twenty-two.

The BCSO Maintenance Department is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Barnstable County Correctional Facility, the Bureau of Criminal Investigations building, the Emergency Communications Center, the Civil Process Office and the Radio Technical Shop. Positions in this department include a plumber, electrician, custodian and general maintenance staff. In addition to the requirements of maintaining the interior and exterior of all buildings, the maintenance staff are also responsible for the grounds at all facilities.

The BCSO Information Technology Department is responsible for the information technology systems, maintenance and support for all BCSO facilities including the Barnstable County Correctional Facility and the BCSO Regional Emergency Communications Center on Joint Base Cape Cod. The Director of IT and the BCSO help desk technicians maintain and support the technology infrastructure required for the BCSO as a public safety agency to provide round-the-clock 911 dispatch services for Barnstable County.

The BCSO has many positions for administrative support for all of its departments including, administration, finance, human resources, human services, criminal investigations, and the like.

Criminal Identification Officer
4 days on, 2 days off. Shift TBD.


Respond to calls from federal, state, county and local agencies for assistance in gathering physical evidence at crime scenes.

Record crime scenes by photographing, sketching, and note taking. Collect physical evidence and package it for transportation to the laboratory. After the evidence is analyzed and the crime scene has been successfully recorded, final reports are prepared for court.

Each officer will work with the District Attorney’s Office and may testify in court on the evidence relative to the investigation conducted. May also attend task force meetings designed to share information with other law enforcement agencies.

Refers to fingerprint, mug shot, and modus operandi files for locating and comparing suspects from previous incidents to the current investigation. Prepare court displays, photo line-ups, computer generated composites, and/or composite drawings for federal, state, county and local agencies.

Investigation of violations and criminal acts for the Barnstable County Correctional Facility. Provides assistance to the BCCF with regards to security incidents and provides back-up during critical incidents.

Provide information and give lectures to civic, school and senior groups regarding crime, delinquency and safety.

The BCI CIO’s are supervised and assisted by the First Assistant CIO.

Good attendance is an essential aspect of this position.

The Sheriff has the right to add or delete from these responsibilities.


Broad knowledge concerning police investigations and evidence collection techniques, criminal justice systems and procedures, ability to apply scientific and laboratory methods to physical evidence and skill in handling laboratory and photography equipment. Five year’s experience with a substantial law enforcement agency or a Bachelor’s Degree. Graduate from an approved Massachusetts Police Training Committee basic recruit academy, POST certified (or currently in the process) or equivalent.

Equal Opportunity Employer: The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office is an equal employment opportunity employer. NO person will be discriminated against in employment because of race, religion, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or military status.

Affirmative Action: The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office abides by all State and Federal guidelines on affirmative action.

Harassment: The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing a work environment free of harassment. Harassment based on race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability, or sexual harassment will not be tolerated under any circumstance. Any statements or actions which constitute harassment are in violation of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 151B and will not be tolerated.

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