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    United States Marshals Service Court Security Officer

    I am just wondering if anybody here may have applied for this. This seems like it might be a good opportunity for somebody retiring from local service.


    Job Details
    United States Marshals Service Court Security Officer - (JSD-CSO_9.MT.119.1)

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    Job Title
    United States Marshals Service Court Security Officer
    USMS9 Montana District - Helena MT - Helena, MT 59626 US (Primary)
    Job Description

    United States Marshals Service Court Security Officer (CSO)

    For nearly twenty years, Akal Security has provided Court Security Officers to the United States Marshals Service. Akal Security is dedicated to supporting the security of the US Judicial complex, and to the safety of the Judicial family and the general public utilizing the US Courts.

    The Court Security Officer (CSO) is responsible for ensuring the safety of federal courts and court employees against unauthorized, illegal and potentially life-threatening activities. At a minimum CSOs are required to perform the following functions:

    Entrance Control - The CSO must enforce the district's entry and identification system. This includes operating security screening equipment to detect weapons, contraband and prohibited items, checking hand-carried items. Any items confiscated during the screening process must be documented and turned over to the appropriate authority.

    Roving Patrol - The CSO must patrol court facilities and grounds of the facility in accordance with applicable post orders.

    Stationary Patrol Assignments - The CSO must stand guard at stationary posts. This effort includes monitoring closed circuit television, duress alarm systems and other security equipment, courtrooms, judge chambers and jury rooms. CSOs do not monitor cellblocks or handle or escort prisoners. However when performing in an official capacity, a CSO can detain an individual until relief is provided.

    Escort Duties - For official purposes the CSO provides armed escort services for judges, court personnel, jurors and other designated individuals. This may include escorting an individual to a garage or parking area, from one room to another, one floor to another, or from one facility to another facility. The CSO may also be required to travel and/or drive an individual in a government-owned vehicle for official functions.

    Garage Parking and Pedestrian Control - Where applicable, the CSO directs traffic and control lights on court facility properties according to post orders. The CSO must be tactful and courteous at all times when issuing warnings to individuals who violate facility-parking regulations. The CSO reports abandoned vehicles to the appropriate authority.

    Law and Order - The CSO is responsible for enforcing federal law while in the performance of assigned duties. This includes detaining any person attempting to gain unauthorized access to government property, or a court proceeding or attempting to commit acts that imperil the safety and security of government employees, property and the public. The CSO may be summoned as a witness to such incidents.

    Reports and Records - The CSO prepares daily reports regarding unusual incidents or unlawful acts that occurred within the court facility area.

    Court Attendance - The CSO secures unattended courtrooms, inspects courtrooms prior to a proceeding, tests security devices, and performs other duties concerning security of the court area.

    Preserve Order - The CSO provides a security presence in the courtroom, enforces federal law and judicial orders within the courtroom, enforces local court rules regarding prohibited items, and provides protection to court proceedings as circumstances dictate.

    Lost and Found - The CSO turns over lost articles found in a court facility to the appropriate authority.

    CSO Job Functions

    The essential duties of a CSO require that they be able to:

    Work extended hours
    Work in adverse weather
    Work alone while armed
    Work under stress
    Stop, question or detain individuals
    Encounter individuals who display a violent temperament
    Provide armed escort
    Use a handgun with weak (non-dominant) hand
    Use handcuffs
    Use a handgun
    Confiscate weapon from a person in a pat-down
    Must have the ability to physically subdue attackers
    Must have the ability to physically control violent or unruly crowds
    Must have the ability to subdue after running in pursuit
    Must have the ability to respond to emergency with unplanned strenuous physical activity
    Must have the ability to climb stairs in pursuit or in emergency
    Must have the ability to sit or stand in one position for at least 2 hours

    This position occasionally requires daytime travel and sometimes overnight travel to serve the needs of the client. Travel is assigned and employees are reimbursed for meals, incidentals and expenses along with hotel and mileage fees.

    Akal Security is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Male/Female, Disabled/Veterans. Women, Minorities, Individuals with Disabilities, and Veterans are encouraged to apply.

    Job Requirements


    The following are the minimum Qualification Standards for those seeking a position as a Court Security Officer for the United States Marshals Service. All qualifications must be met in order to qualify for employment. Your ability to meet Medical Standards will be validated by a physician.

    As part of the employment process, the USMS conducts an extremely thorough Background Investigation; if you provide any information during the job application process that is subsequently determined to be incomplete or untrue, your application will be immediately rejected and your application process terminated.

    CSO Qualification Standards

    Be a citizen of the United States of America.
    Be at least 21 years of age.
    Be a high school graduate or have a GED or equivalency.
    Be able to read, write and speak the English language fluently and any other language determined to be necessary by the U.S. Marshal of the district where the services are to be performed.
    Be able to withstand the physical demands of responding to emergency situations.
    Possess or be able to obtain a valid state driver's license from your state of residence and have a safe driving record for the past five years.
    Possess a graduation certificate from a law enforcement academy. A reserve officer academy certificate is not sufficient.
    Have at least three calendar years of verifiable experience as a certified law enforcement officer or its military equivalency within the last seven years, provided the experience includes general arrest authority.
    Be free from conviction of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence in accordance with Title 18, Section 922(g)(9) of the United States Code.
    Be able to complete and pass Phase One and Phase Two training.
    Be able to pass an annual firearms qualification.
    Possess the ability to meet and deal tactfully with judges, attorneys, government personnel, and the public.
    Possess the ability to understand, explain, interpret and apply rules, regulations, directives and procedures.
    Possess poise, self-confidence, and the ability to make sound decisions and react quickly under stressful conditions.
    Possess the ability to prepare clear and concise reports.
    Possess the ability to learn and adapt to changing situations.
    Possess the ability to accept and respond to instruction and direction.

    Medical Standards (to be evaluated by a medical physician)

    Vision - Corrected distant visual acuity must be 20/30 or better, as measured with both eyes viewing (binocular). Complete loss of vision in one eye is disqualifying. Corrected distant visual acuity must be 20/125 or better, in the worst eye. Ability to distinguish basic colors, as well as shades of color, is required. Normal peripheral vision is required.

    Hearing - The individual must be able to hear well enough to safely and efficiently carry out the essential requirements of the job. This requires satisfactory binaural hearing (ability to hear in each ear), and ability to: localize sounds; comprehend speech; and hear sounds that require investigation or that alert to danger. Complete loss of hearing in one ear is disqualifying. The individual must meet the hearing standards unaided.

    Cariovascular System - Any condition that significantly interferes with heart function may be disqualifying. Examples of conditions that may be disqualifying are hypertension with repeated readings that exceed 150 systolic and 90 diastolic, symptomatic peripheral vascular desease and severe varicose veins.

    Respiratory System - Any condition that significantly interferes with breathing capacity may be disqualifying.

    Gastrointestinal System - Any disease or condition that requires rigid diets may be a disqualifying factor. An ulcer active within the past year may also be disqualifying.

    Genitourinary System Disorders - Any functional disorder rendering the person incapable of sustained attention to work tasks, i.e. urinary frequency and secondary discomfort, may be disqualifying.

    Hernias - Inguinal and femoral hernias, with or without the use of a truss, may be a disqualifying factor. Other hernias may be disqualifying if they interfere with the performance of the duties of the position.

    Nervous System - Dysfunction of the central and peripheral nervous system that significantly increases the probability of accidents and/or potential inability to perform a variety of physical tasks may be disqualifying.

    Endocrine System - Any functional disorder rendering the person incapable of sustained attention to work tasks may be disqualifying.

    Speech - Permanent and significant conditions which result in indistinct speech may be disqualifying.

    Extremities & Spine - Disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system which significantly prevents the individual from meeting basic movement, strength, flexibility requirements, use of extremities (fingers and toes) and coordinated balance may be disqualifying.

    Physical Standards

    The duties and responsibilities of a CSO require frequent and prolonged walking, standing, running, sitting, and stooping. In addition, a CSO may be required to subdue violent or potentially violent people. Physical stamina in all of its forms (i.e., mental, climatic) is a basic requirement of this position.

    Job Type
    Security Services
    Shift Type
    40 - 50%

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    I work with these guys quite a bit here in Texas, and I will say that it is a great gig for a retiring officer not ready to stop working. It's a suit and tie gig doing facility access control and security but much better than doing overnight security at an apartment complex or office building.
    Sergeant, US Army 2004-2009
    Sergeant, Army National Guard 2009-2016
    The opinions expressed above are not those of any official capacity or agency. Fix yourself.

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