MUNICIPAL COURTS SECURITY OFFICER

POSITION OVERVIEW


Applications accepted from: ALL PERSONS INTERESTED

Posting Number: #23652
Division: Judicial Operations
Workdays & Hours: Monday – Friday; 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.* *Subject to Change

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES / ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Municipal Courts department has an exciting opportunity to become a Municipal Courts Security Officer. The duties will include but not limited to the following:

  • Provides general security services to maintain the orderly and efficient operations of a municipal court.
  • Conducts a physical inspection of the courtroom for security prior to and at the end of each court session.
  • Secures the courtroom when court is not in session, monitors and conducts daily inspections of all security equipment such as duress alarms, fire alarms, telephones/intercom, fire extinguishers and first aid kits.
  • Inspects and searches persons and personal effects for weapons at the discretion of the judge.
  • Assists in seating court participants, spectator and jurors.
  • Assists in verifying address and employment information for purposes of deferred payment process, or as otherwise instructed by the Judge.
  • Assist in verifying warrants against defendants on docket for pending cases.
  • Perform opening and closing ceremonies of the Court, enforce courtroom rules of behavior and issue warnings as needed.
  • Enforce orders of contempt; securing defendant(s) and assisting in processing contempt expeditiously.
  • Prepares daily reports.
  • Serves citations relating to matters of the court when necessary to expedite trial or court procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Judge.
WORKING CONDITIONS
This position occasionally requires stooping or bending and the ability to make simple gross motor responses within large tolerances. Requires long periods of standing. Occasional light lifting, minor discomforts from exposure to less-than-optimal temperature and air conditions. May deal with modestly unpleasant situations, as with occasional exposure to office chemicals and/or extensive use of a video display terminal.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Requires a high school diploma or a GED. Must have CPR training, or the ability to get CPR training within 6 weeks of hiring.

Skilled in effectively and tactfully communicating with a wide variety of people in sensitive situations as may be normally acquired through public relations training. Skilled in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with judges, lawyers, City employees, and the general public. May require bilingual (Spanish/English) ability to talk to citizens who are not fluent in English. Knowledge of courtroom procedures sufficient to maintain efficient operations is also required.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
One year of related work experience is required, preferably in a law enforcement agency.

One year of military or police training may be substituted for the above experience requirement.

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
None

PREFERENCES

Preferences shall be given to the candidates that have the following:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience interacting with Judges, lawyers and the general public professionally and courteously.

**Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6. **

GENERAL INFORMATION

SELECTION / SKILLS TESTS REQUIRED
None; however, the department may administer, and the applicant must successfully complete a skills-assessment relevant to job description.

SAFETY IMPACT POSITION YES
If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.

SALARY INFORMATION
Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate’s qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification.

PAY GRADE: 12

APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during active posting period. Applications must be submitted online at: www.houstontx.gov.

To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/houston/default.cfm or call (832/393-7222).
If you need special services or accommodations, call (832/393-7222). (TTY 7-1-1)

If you need login assistance or technical support call 855-524-5627.
Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.

All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information provided.

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