DSHS Security Officer

Recruitment #110519-MBDH01-450200

Summary Statement

DSHS Security Officers are assigned to specific state buildings to work static positions and may work in conjunction with Capitol Police officers. Incumbents perform entrance screenings in consort with Capitol Police officers, are assigned to prisoner drop off garage (Sally Port), process prisoners as Turn Key officer in the cell block holding area, operate x-ray machines to identify weapons or other threats, monitor secure entryways leading into and out of assigned facilities and monitor video surveillance systems to identify potential threats.

Career Ladder

Upon satisfactory completion of department promotional standards and job requirements, employees may be eligible to be promoted to the next level.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
  • Screens state employees, patrons and visitors to state facilities to deter, detect and respond to any potential natural and man-made threats to the facility.
  • Maintains vigilant observation for any suspicious, aggressive or threatening behavior, possible intoxication, behavior indicative to mental illness, or characteristics displayed by individuals who may be in possession of a concealed weapon.
  • Enforces policies and procedures relative to safety, security and orderliness.
  • Observes and maintains control of multiple prisoner transport vehicles and prisoners ensuring separation of adult/juvenile and male/female prisoners.
  • Controls the ingress and egress of law enforcement vehicles and prisoners through a secure point of access to deter, detect and respond to potential natural and man-made threats to the facility and reduce or eliminate the potential of escape by an in-custody prisoner.
  • Assists in communications command center by monitoring cameras, receiving calls, and obtaining and disseminating information to appropriate Capitol Police Officer, supervisor, and/or other agencies based on the nature of the call.
  • Assists Capitol Police Officers with transporting prisoners to correctional facility by operating a motor vehicle.
  • Provides information to state employees, patrons and visitors to state facilities.
  • Prepares logs, statistical information, incident reports and use of force reports.
  • Uses automated information systems to enter, update, modify, delete, retrieve, inquire or report on data. 

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for DSHS Security Officer
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Six months experience in security such as providing protective services to persons, facilities or grounds from trespassing, theft and other conditions.
  2. Knowledge of narrative report writing.
  3. Possession of a valid Driver’s License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

Conditions of Hire

Criminal background check:  A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire.  The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.


To learn more about the comprehensive benefit package please visit our website at https://dhr.delaware.gov/benefits/

Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at www.delawarestatejobs.com.


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.