Security Officer


This is advanced security work in a large residential center.   The security officer provides order, safety, and security of the Center during the assigned shift, following complex operating procedures. S/he is expected to follow offender accountability instructions and to conduct such activities as: searches, counts, control of movement, monitoring and reporting resident behavior, implementing a behavior management system, verifying the location of residents as required, preparing reports, and the administration of the breathalyzer and urinalysis testing program. This position is expected to work independently, under general supervision.


Work may include, but is not limited to, the following examples:

  • Remains alert during working hours; attends work as scheduled, and complies with attendance policies.
  • Conducts regular rounds through the building observing the demeanor of residents and taking necessary action to ensure that the safety and order of the Center.
  • Prepares and submits written reports of offender infractions of laws, regulations, and or rules in a timely and complete manner, prior to leaving duty.
  • Conducts searches of residents and property follows established procedures. Completes proper reports.
  • Performs breathalyzer/drug testing of offenders, following established procedures. Completes proper reports.
  • Verifies authorizations for residents entering or leaving the Center; requires each to complete sign in/out logs.
  • Conducts resident counts following established procedures and reports results.
  • Verifies the location of off-site offenders by telephone or through in person visits to the destination, as instructed.
  • Provides medication to offenders, as required and records each distribution.
  • Attends shift briefings and follows direction of supervisor.
  • Takes necessary action to protect resident health when emergent medical or mental health needs are observed or reported.
  • Assists in implementing emergency procedures.
  • Complies with Agency’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct established by contract. Immediately reports integrity violations.
  • Compiles information and completes records as required.
  • Reports any breaches of security to immediate supervisor or other administrator and takes appropriate action to protect safety of others. Completes critical incident reports in a timely and complete manner before leaving duty.
  • Takes necessary action in cases of security violations as required in the rules and regulations.
  • Attends meetings and trainings as required.
  • Maintains confidentiality appropriately
  • Performs other duties as may be assigned.


  • Introductory knowledge of basic security practices
  • Organizational skills and the ability to multi-task
  • Skill in writing reports
  • Ability to implement detailed procedures
  • Ability to follow instructions explicitly
  • Ability to operate security equipment
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of initiative and judgment and to act quickly and responsibly in an emergency situation
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with officials, staff, law enforcement agencies, and the general public
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both through oral and written communications
  • Ability to meet the physical demands of the position with or without corrective devices


  Possession of a high school diploma or GED
 Two (2) years of successful work experience including at least, One (1) year of experience in military, civilian security, law enforcement, or related work in the field of Corrections
 30 or more earned credit hours from an accredited college or university with a minimum of three (3) earned credit hours in criminal justice.


No candidate may be considered for employment who is, or has been for the past two (2) years under the supervision of Federal, State, County or Municipal Corrections Department nor have any pending felony or misdemeanor charges other than minor traffic charges.

Driving may be required for this position. The successful candidate must have and remain in possession of a valid current driver’s license, automobile insurance, and be insurable under the agency’s motor vehicle insurance policy.

All candidates for employment must meet the established minimum qualifications for employment as identified by the applicable regulatory agencies.

Current certification in CPR and First Aid or achieves certification within 60 days of employment. (Note: This certification must be maintained current throughout employment).

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