Elkhart County is using cutting-edge technology and new methods to help inmates turn their lives around.


12-hour shifts

Maintain order. Change lives.

In conjunction with 90 other corrections officers, those hired will work together to enforce rules and maintain order within the correctional facility while interacting with inmates.

On average, the Elkhart County Correctional Facility houses approximately 800 inmates that have been incarcerated for crimes ranging from non-violent misdemeanors to serious and violent felonies.

Our corrections officers are tasked with a variety of responsibilities while on duty. These tasks include, but are not limited to performing booking and release functions, which include fingerprints, pictures, property inventory, bond processing as well as performing floor-monitoring duties, including: ward checks, inspections, meal distribution, and distributing authorized medications to inmates. Other duties include, but are not limited to, operating a control room, incorporating multi-tasking skills to manage several monitors as well as the computer system by answering call buttons and responding to inmates.


  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and a US Citizen
  • Must be of good reputation and character.
  • The applicant shall not have been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor.
  • The applicant shall be given a job-related pre-screen written examination which will include math, grammar, spelling, comprehension, and sentence structure, and the applicant shall achieve a score no less than the minimum acceptable score established for the given test.
  • The applicant must submit to a polygraph test by an examiner designated by the department.
  • The applicant must pass a drug screen. Applicants currently using illegal drugs will not be hired. Applicants with a history of illegal drug use may be disqualified.
  • The applicant must pass the Sheriff’s Department’s physical fitness assessment to determine if the applicant has strength, endurance, aerobic, and anaerobic stamina to meet the basic physical fitness standards. The applicant will be required to pass firearms and taser qualifications and handcuffing utilizing both the right and left hands. 

Upcoming test dates

There are no upcoming events at this time.


The Elkhart County Correctional Complex is a place for inmates to peacefully serve their sentences and  reduce recidivism. The 80-acre complex is located two miles south of Elkhart.

The space was thoughtfully designed for both inmates and employees. With several housing units, each divided into pods and wards, inmates are carefully classified and provided with access to recreational and educational facilities. Kiosks throughout the space allow inmates to visit via video, order from commissary, schedule future visitations, and seek medical consultation.

The layout of the complex also allows corrections officers to maintain a line of site from a central command station.

The complex is able to house 1,000 inmates, but typically averages between 800 and 900 on any given day.

The Process


Complete Application

Complete the application online.


Physical Ability Test

All applicants must pass a physical ability test that measures the applicant's ability to navigate situations they could encounter on the job.


Written Exam

Applicants must receive an acceptable score on a standard written examination, which includes math, grammar, spelling comprehension, and sentence structure.


Background Check

To uphold the integrity of the Office, all applicants must undergo an extensive pre-employment character background and criminal history check, as well as polygraph and drug tests.



The Elkhart County Sheriff's Office expects the highest standards of performance, ethical conduct, and truthfulness of all officers — on and off duty. All applicants will be interviewed to ensure their values align with those of the Office.


Oath of Office

Welcome to the team! Applicants who have been extended a job offer will take an Oath of Office to affirm their commitment to faithfully and impartially carrying out the duties of the Elkhart County Sheriff's Office.

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The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office values the work of corrections officers and aims to demonstrate that through competitive pay.

The starting rate for probationary correction officers is $18.43 per hour. Upon completion of field training, corrections officers make a minimum of $19.35 per hour in their first year — 35 percent more than the state average of $14.28 per hour. 

Additionally, applicants with experience as a certified jail officer/corrections officer/prison officer at another federal, state, or local agency will be credited with one year for each year of experience.

The increase shown from year to year is guaranteed for each year of service. Officers are eligible for additional increases based on level of education, job performance evaluations, specialties and available certifications achieved.

Probationary officer
0-1 year (upon completion of field training)
1 year (1-2 years in position)
2 years (2-3 years in position)
3 years (3-4 years in position)
7 years (7-8 years in position)
10+ years

12-hour rotating shifts

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office has operated on a 12-hour rotating shift schedule since 2016, providing more time off for officers while increasing staffing during critical hours. The 12-hour shift schedule is shown to lower stress levels and improve physical and pyschological wellbeing. Since there are only two shift changes each day, coverage is less likely to be interrupted and there is less chance for miscommunications.

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All officers are scheduled for a three-day weekend every other week.

The shedule provides officers with up to seven days off per 14-day period, meaning they're working fewer days than before.

Although officers have additional time off, the rotating schedule provides for more officers on duty during critical times.


The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office offers full medical and dental insurance to employees.

Employees and their eligible family members can also access a free Health & Wellness Center that provides a full array of medical services. Employees can access personal primary care, urgent care, personal health coaching, preventive screenings, on-site labs
and lab draws for specimens that need to be sent outside the clinic, and an on-site dispensary of frequently prescribed generic medications at no charge. 

Meet your captain



“At ECSO we are truly focused on providing service to our community, and doing it according to the best practices for our profession. We have a strong commitment to teamwork among our divisions, and in working with other agencies to meet the community’s needs.”

Meet your captain

"At ECSO we are truly focused on providing service to our community, and doing it according to the best practices for our profession. We have a strong commitment to teamwork among our divisions, and in working with other agencies to meet the community's needs."

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Captain David Lanzen



The correctional facility philosophy is not to “warehouse” inmates, but rather, a place to affect change in the inmates’ hearts and minds to reduce recidivism. Therefore, the correctional officers offer classes and programs for inmates. The courses provided by the staff include the following: “Thinking for a Change,” “Substance Abuse,” “Life After Incarceration,” “Anger Management,” “Financial Peace University,” and “Inside Out Dad.”

The Jail Ministry of Elkhart County is changing lives through elective laser tattoo removal available to inmates. By removing gang-related and offensive tattoo, inmates can leave behind past associations that would hinder their reentry into society and finding employment.


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