Deputy Sheriff - Court Security Deputy (CSD)

Orlando, Florida
Jun 10, 2024
Aug 09, 2024
Government, Security
Law, Security


Starting Salary: $51,875.20/yr - $53,435.20 with 4+ years of full-time law enforcement officer experience.


**$2,000 Signing Allowance** (see Salary info for details)
The incumbent in this position is responsible for maintaining law and order in and around the courtroom, ensuring the protection and safety of persons in and around the courtroom, and expediting courtroom proceedings by preparing the courtroom, ensuring the prisoner's prompt appearance in court, and following directives from the judge. Those assigned to specialized units may have additional responsibilities and qualifications; refer to written directives for details. The incumbent is required to engage in the pursuit, apprehension, and arrest of law violators or suspected law violators, if observed or when assistance is requested from court communications or other deputy sheriffs. #oj

  • Must be Florida Certified or Currently Attending a Florida Law Enforcement Officer Academy:
    • Florida Certified (vested with authority to bear arms and make arrests): Must have successfully completed the Florida Law Enforcement Officer Certification or Equivalency of Training from a Florida law enforcement academy and a passing score on the Florida law enforcement officer certification exam.
    • Currently Attending an Academy: Must be currently attending a Florida law enforcement officer academy. Must obtain a passing score on the state law enforcement officer certification exam prior to receiving a conditional offer.
  • Good work history.
  • Accredited high school or GED diploma. (Will not accept a certificate of completion.)
  • Must be able to comprehend and communicate fluently in verbal and written English.
  • At least 20 years of age.
  • U.S. Citizen.
  • Valid driver's license for the last year.
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony.
  • Must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving moral character, false statements, perjury or domestic violence.
  • Must not have received a dishonorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces.
  • No illegal drug usage within the last year. Other drug usage will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • Good physical condition.
  • Ability to observe/surveil the activities of the courtroom and the courthouse building/property in order to ensure safety and security, which include determining the safety of, and /or the impairment of persons entering the courthouse.
  • Ability to supervise courtroom procedures and train new employees on courtroom procedures.
  • Ability to patrol courthouse buildings, grounds, and judges' parking lot before, during, and after regular business hours.
  • Ability to guard and escort inmates, jurors, judges, evidence and contraband during trials. May also provide dignitary protection to safeguard sitting judges coming to and from the courthouse.
  • Ability to handle defendants/inmates to ensure safety and their prompt appearance in court (to include guarding, searching, transporting, escorting, fingerprinting, and checking armbands for identity).
  • Ability to manage/monitor jurors during court and also during sequestration, to include arranging meals, chaperoning, ensuring they are present and on-time, obtaining permission from judges re: jury requests, and logging special activities.
  • Ability to perform searches of individuals (new remands, inmates, suspicious individuals, all individuals entering the courtroom during high-profile trials) and places (the courtroom, holding cells, hallways, jury rooms and judges' chambers, hotel rooms, and scans restrooms).
  • Ability to control access to the bar (gate) in the courtroom.
  • Ability to restrain disorderly individuals in the courtroom/courthouse.
  • Ability to make arrests when necessary (e.g., for those with outstanding warrants, carrying contraband or weapons, or committing other crimes, etc.).
  • Ability to serve legal documents in court (e.g., subpoenas, capias, final judgments, and writs).
  • Ability to write/review reports and complete court paperwork as necessary (e.g., trip tickets, jail cards, arrest affidavits).
  • Ability to respond to calls on the radio regarding courthouse property and suspicious or wanted individuals.
  • Ability to assist the public as needed.
  • Ability to enforce media guidelines (e.g., limits number and location of cameras).
  • Ability to conduct consensual encounters with suspicious persons in and around the courthouse.
  • Ability to provide site security for off-site court-related functions as needed.
  • Ability to initiate lockdown and evacuation procedures as necessary, and establish a perimeter as needed.
  • Ability to act as the Sheriff's representative by attending court.
  • Ability to read and write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Must have basic math skills (i.e., percentages, decimals, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) to include reading and distinguishing the order of numbers.
  • Ability to operate a computer/MDS for purposes such as word processing, accessing databases, and maintaining electronic files and also have the ability to learn computer programs unique to the Court Security Section.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding in order to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Ability to process, organize, and prioritize information and report facts chronologically. Must have an awareness of one's surroundings, be attentive to detail, and to detect suspicious behavior.
  • Ability to remain calm in crisis situations.
  • Ability to concentrate and not be distracted easily.
  • Must have effective interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with many cultures.
  • Must consistently utilize logic and judgment and be decisive, adaptable, and self-initiating.
  • Ability to perform under pressure and do many things simultaneously (multi-task).
  • Must be able to follow directions and take orders but also have the ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • Must stay abreast of changes to agency policies/procedures, State Statutes, or other applicable laws or ordinances.
  • Ability to retain information, memorize codes/signals, and use reference material with ease.
  • Must have the ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information.
A Court Security Deputy has a two year commitment of service as a Court Security Deputy (CSD). If the employee decides to pursue a career change to the position of Deputy Sheriff, he/she requests permission to the Human Resources Director via the chain of command to apply for Deputy Sheriff in Uniform Patrol. The request can be submitted as early as 18 months of employment. Once written approval is received by Human Resources Division, Recruiting and Background Section completes an abbreviated selection process (updated background). The file is reviewed by the Sheriff for a conditional offer of employment as a Deputy Sheriff in Uniform Patrol. Once a conditional offer of employment has been received, a medical exam and psychological evaluation are scheduled. After medical and psychological clearances are received, the employee is reclassified for the next certified hire date after completion of the two year CSD commitment of service.

The position as a CSD does not guarantee that the request for a career change will be approved.
CSD's shall not be authorized to work off-duty in a sworn capacity. PROCESSING & TRAINING

All candidates for Court Security Deputy positions will participate in the following steps:

  • Online application
  • Voice Stress Analysis (truth verification)
  • Complete Background Check
  • Medical exam & drug screen (after conditional job offer)
  • Psychological Evaluation (after conditional job offer)
Processing time on average is 3-5 months.

Newly hired court security deputies (with or without law enforcement experience) must participate in Deputy Orientation. This 4-week program covers all high liability areas, including driving, shooting, defensive tactics, and agency policies and procedures. After successfully completing Deputy Orientation, new CSD's complete 6 weeks of Court Security Deputy Positional Training with a training officer. This training ensures that all new CSD's are fully prepared to work in the Courthouse.

CSD's shall not be provided an agency vehicle but will still be required to successfully complete the OCSO's Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations (LEVO) program.

Court Security Deputy positions do not offer any promotional opportunities PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT

Physical Demands:
Must be able to meet and perform the same physical requirements as set forth in the deputy sheriff job description. Must be able to regularly talk and hear. Must be able to stand for long periods of time. Must be able to frequently walk, sit, use hands to handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms. Must occasionally be able to smell, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Must be able to frequently lift up to 10 pounds, and occasionally lift up to 25 pounds. The vision requirements include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to focus on a moving object/person.

Work Environment:
The majority of the work is performed inside and immediately surrounding the main courthouse, the Juvenile Justice Center, and the Booking and Release Center. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, extreme cold and extreme hot non-weather conditions and wet, humid, non-weather conditions. The employee may be exposed to infectious or contagious diseases, and allergenic substances. Minimal exposure to bodily fluids and/or blood may occur. The typical noise level for this job is moderate (e.g., business office with computers, printers, light traffic). Depending on the assignment, they may be exposed to outdoor weather conditions. Due to the nature of the job, must be flexible with schedule and work hours and may be required to work evenings, weekends and /or holidays.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Orange County Sheriff's Office may provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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