Sheriff's Security Officer (#513080)
$26.99-$32.81 Hourly / $4,678.12-$5,686.28 Monthly / $56,137.43-$68,235.40 Yearly
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Under general supervision, assists sworn personnel in providing security and guarding County property and properties of public agencies contracting Sheriff’s Office security services against fire, theft, vandalism, and trespassing. Positions allocated to this class are non-peace officer positions assigned to provide security in and around County facilities and properties of public agencies.  Incumbents may be required by the Sheriff to carry a firearm while in the performance of their duties; incumbents are required to exercise independent judgment in providing security at both County facilities and other public facilities as designated by the Sheriff. Incumbents must distinguish between circumstances in which counseling, admonition and explanation will serve to maintain a peaceful environment or where the intervention of law enforcement personnel is necessary, and respond to and/or report situations appropriately.


This class is distinguished from the:  

  • Sheriff’s Security Technician by the responsibility of the Sheriff’s Security Technician’s duties in support of Correctional Officers in maintaining the safe operation of courts or detention facilitates and in the performance of a variety of clerical support duties  
  • Deputy Sheriff by the Deputy Sheriff’s peace officer powers as delineated in the California Penal Code

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Supervision is provided by a Sergeant-Sheriff or higher job classification  
  • No supervision is exercised over others

Essential Duties

Depending on assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Works at fixed posts or inner/outer perimeters of one or more facilities or campuses to detect or prevent individuals or groups from committing acts which are injurious to others or to property within or around a facility. 
  • Intervenes to terminate injurious acts, conducts searches of individuals for weapons, illegal devices, or contraband and detains individuals for further investigation or arrest where circumstances and conditions warrant such action.  
  • Directs visitors to personnel and services within a facility.  
  • Investigates questionable acts or behavior observed or reported on premises and questions witnesses and suspects to ascertain or verify facts.  
  • Pursues, apprehends and detains persons observed injuring others or damaging property, and detains suspects pending transportation and booking by local law enforcement agency.  
  • Participates, with sworn personnel, in securing facilities and conducting searches.  
  • Ensures that only authorized employees, vendors or other appropriately identified persons are permitted access to closed or restricted areas and detains unidentified or unauthorized persons.  
  • Responds to reports of ill or injured visitors or employees and notifies supervisors or other appropriate personnel if additional assistance is necessary 
  • Utilizes fixed and hand-held scanning devices to detect unauthorized weapons or devices.  Monitors alarm systems and electronic surveillance equipment and responds to locally activated fire, burglary or other alarms.  
  • Relays reports of bomb threats to the appropriate law enforcement jurisdiction and participates in organized searches.  Reports safety hazards, malfunctioning equipment and other such matters to appropriate personnel. 
  • Writes daily activity, incident and non-employee injury reports.  
  • Operates miscellaneous equipment and/or motor vehicles including use of bicycles as required in the conduct of routine patrol or to report to alternate assignment posts in accordance with emergent staffing needs.  
  • May issue non-moving citations for routine infractions such as parking violations.   
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of
  • Basic law enforcement principles and techniques   
  • Proper use, handling, and storage of firearms 
  • Operation of communication equipment used in the course of the work, such as radios, telephone, pagers, and related systems   
  • Rules, regulations, codes, and laws related to the work   
  • Report writing methods and practices   
  • Basic first aid 
Skills and/or Ability to
  • Maintain the security of buildings and grounds.   
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with peace officers and other personnel.   
  • Meet and deal with the public courteously and effectively.   
  • Demonstrate the correct use and care of firearms.   
  • Communicate using radio equipment.   
  • Use electronic security screening equipment.   
  • Prepare legible, correct and accurate reports.   
  • Conduct searches of individuals for weapons or contraband.   
  • Learn to operate fixed and hand held scanning devices.   
  • Understand and apply Sheriff's Office policies, procedures and directives.   
  • Administer basic first aid.  
  • Adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action under adverse and/or emergency conditions.   Communicate effectively orally and in writing.   
  • React quickly and calmly in emergency situations and adopt an effective course of action.  
  •  Obtain information through interview, interrogation and observation.   
  • Pursue and subdue suspects.   
  • Run quickly, such as in responding to an emergency situation.   
  • Stand and walk for extended periods of time up to 8 hours.

Education and Experience

Graduation from high school or satisfactory completion of an acceptable General education Development Test (GED)



  • Mobility and Dexterity: Positions in this class typically require stooping, kneeling, reaching, standing, walking, fingering, grasping, feeling (i.e. sense of touch), and repetitive motion.  
  • Incumbents must be able to perform heavy manual labor associated with law enforcement tasks which may include lifting objects weighing more than 100 pounds and which may include working with the full range of body movements involving reaching, bending, grasping and climbing.  
  • Vision: Positions in this class require the employee to have close visual acuity, with or without correction, to view a computer terminal, read, etc. Positions in this class also require employees to have depth perception in order to operate a motor vehicle. Employees in this class must have the visual acuity to make observations of surrounds and must demonstrate color vision sufficient to distinguish colors in order to describe events in an accurate manner.  
  • Hearing/Talking: Positions in this class require the employee to perceive the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction, and to have the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication. Positions in this class require the employee to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word. Detailed or important instructions must often be conveyed to others accurately, loudly, and/or quickly.
  • Outdoor Work: Employees in this class will often be working outdoors and thus will be subject to exposure to intense noises, fumes, odors, pollens, dust, inadequate lighting, and to unpleasant field conditions including rainy, windy, cold, or hot weather.  
  • Traffic Hazards: Employees in this class will be required to operate a vehicle and thus will be subject to traffic hazards while driving.  
  • Disruptive/Confrontational Human Contacts: Employees in this class may be subject to disruptive and confrontational people.  
  • Working Alone: Employees in this class may be working in remote areas and/or may be working on night shifts and/or on weekends and thus may be working alone for extended periods of time.


  • Psychological Examination:  Candidates for positions in this class are required to take and successfully pass a physical and psychological examination prior to appointment.  
  • Candidates for positions in this class will be required to pass a background investigation in accordance with applicable law, regulation and/or policy.  
  • Must demonstrate proficiency with firearms   
  • Independent Travel:  Incumbents are required to travel independently to secure and guard assigned areas, respond to calls, etc.  
  • Hours of Work:  Incumbents may be required to work weekends, holidays, irregular hours, on-call, and after normal business hours.  
  • Language Proficiency:  Some positions allocated to this class may require the applicant to speak, read and write in a language other than English.

CLASS: 513080; EST: 10/1/2004; REV: 3/12/2014;