About Position

Maintain order in the Courthouse Complex and adjacent areas, assist in the efficient judicial proceedings within the courtroom, and promote and maintain a safe environment.

Duties & Responsibilities

Note: Depending on assigned responsibilities, employees may perform some or all of the duties below.

  • Provide security related to judicial proceedings, respond to emergency situations, and carry out lawful orders as directed by a judge within the assigned to courtrooms and adjacent areas to maintain a safe and secure environment.
  • Maintain continuous surveillance of the courtroom during court sessions.
  • Inspect courtrooms and conduct courtroom searches before and after each court session.
  • If detention certified: assist with inmate transport and movement and escort inmates.
  • Interact, answer questions, and communicate with a wide variety of people and agencies (e.g., general public, attorneys, law enforcement, court clerks, media, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Corrections, families, juries, victims, witnesses).
  • Maintain proficiency and qualification with weapons that may be used in the work environment.
  • Monitor radio communications.
  • Resolve and/or diffuse conflicts between various parties in the courtrooms, waiting areas, and other facilities.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor.
  • Monitor evidence in the courtroom.
  • If law enforcement certified: Enforce the law; may also be assigned to provide other law enforcement and/or security-related services in and around the Courthouse Complex as directed by a supervisor if not needed in a courtroom at a particular time.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Working knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques of modern inmate care, custody, and control, and related state, federal, and department laws, rules, regulations, standards, and policies governing the operation of detention facilities and courtrooms if detention certified.
  • Working knowledge of local, state, and federal laws pertinent to law enforcement if law enforcement certified.
  • Working knowledge of law enforcement guidelines and criminal investigation methods and techniques if law enforcement certified.
  • Working knowledge of local, state, and federal laws governing the criminal justice system.
  • Working knowledge of first-aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) principles.
  • Some knowledge of crowd control defense and restraint tactics and communication procedures.
  • Some knowledge of behavior patterns, legal rights, discipline protocols, and grievance procedures of inmates.
  • Skill in administering CPR and first aid.
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with diverse populations.
  • Ability to detect potentially adverse or unsafe situations and react according to department policy.
  • Ability to physically handle and control prisoners resisting detention.
  • Ability to use a two-way radio.
  • Ability to properly use various restraining devices.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability and willingness to use weapons and to properly maintain them.
  • Ability to meet specific physical requirements as may be established by competent authority.

Required Minimum Education & Experience

  • Must have retired from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) as a certified law enforcement deputy or a certified detention deputy.
  • Possession of a current Florida law enforcement or detention certification.
  • Ten years of experience as a state, county, or city corrections or law enforcement officer.
  • Possession of a valid certification by the State of Florida as a corrections, law enforcement, or auxiliary (Reserve I) officer.

Required Pre-Employment Testing

  • Successful completion of the standard HCSO Physical Abilities Assessment (PAA).
  • Successful completion of the standard HCSO firearms qualification test.

Preferred Education & Experience

  • Strong interpersonal skills, professional demeanor and appearance, strong firearms skills, prior courthouse experience.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong professional demeanor and appearance.
  • Strong firearms skills.
  • Prior courthouse experience.

Additional Job Requirements

  • Attendance at the specified Sheriff's Office work location is required.
  • Depending on assignment, employees may be required to possess a valid Florida Driver License at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
  • No visible tattoos on face, head, and neck. Tattoos determined to take away from the professional appearance of the Sheriff's Office must be covered with an appropriate white, black, or neutral covering.
  • No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
  • No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 12 months.
  • No felony convictions within lifetime.
  • No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
  • No dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve Forces.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation including criminal, reference, employment, and neighborhood checks; polygraph; medical evaluation; and drug screening.

Physical Abilities Assessment (PAA)

The PAA is designed to measure an applicant's physical abilities. The primary goal of the PAA is to determine if an individual possesses the basic skills to perform the physical tasks required of sworn officers. Applicants who do not pass the PAA will not continue with the application process. Failure to meet any one of the minimum requirements will result in a failure of the PAA.

PAA Passing Requirements

The following tasks need to be completed within a maximum of five minutes and forty-eight seconds (5:48):
  • Wall Climb: A brief run followed by scaling the 4 ft wall.
  • Stair Climb: A brief run followed by climbing 70 steps.
  • Window Entry: A brief run followed by a climb through the window.
  • Serpentine: A brief run followed by the serpentine obstacle.
  • The Sled: Pushing and pulling a 180 lb sled at least 20 ft (must be completed 5 times).
  • Dummy Drag: Removing a 160 lb dummy from a vehicle and dragging it 20 ft
  • Weapon Unload and Load: A measure of dexterity, motor skills, and physical exertion.
*PAA requirements are subject to change at any time.

Examples of Potentially Disqualifying Evidence


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