Security in a courtroom is of utmost importance for the judicial system. To that end, the Department of Criminal Justice Training offers a two-week Court Security Officer Basic Training Academy, which is held several times a year. Course work includes Kentucky law, general law enforcement training, firearms training, defensive tactics training, which includes handcuffing procedures and other basic defensive tactic skills for self-defense. Also taught are general courtroom security, including how to handle bomb threats and other courtroom issues.

PREREQUISITES OF BEING A COURT SECURITY OFFICER:

  • Be a citizen of the United States

  • Must be hired by a sheriff’s office

  • At least 21 years old

  • High school diploma or GED

  • Have a valid operator’s license

  • Fingerprint cards completed and mailed to the Kentucky State Police

  • No prohibition on firearms possession

  • Trainees must be able to perform firearms training from a kneeling position and be able to return to their feet without any assistance

  • Trainees must demonstrate proper firearms safety habits

  • Must not have received a dishonorable or general discharge under other than honorable conditions from the Armed Forces

  • Pass a drug screen

  • Pass a criminal background check

  • Pass a polygraph

  • Pass end-of-course exams in firearms, defensive tactics and a written test

TRAITS OF A COURT SECURITY OFFICER:

  • Good communication skills

  • Ability to multitask

  • Dedication to teamwork

  • High morals, character and integrity

  • Good judgment

  • Emotional self-control

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Kentucky Law-Enforcement Council-certified court security officers are required to complete 40 hours of mandated training every two years. DOCJT offers 10-12 in-service classes per year. Check the Acadis system for available courses.

WEAPONS/DUTY GEAR

  • All weapons will be checked into the DOCJT armory on Sunday evening and will be checked out for training and on Fridays as participants are leaving the campus. No firearms or ammunition will be stored in any other location while on campus. Weapons are not permitted in the dorms.

  • DOCJT will provide ammunition for 38 caliber, 9 mm, 40 caliber and 45 caliber handguns. If trainees bring a weapon of another caliber, the trainee must provide his or her ammunition (500 round of lead-free, frangible, non-toxic ammunition).

  • Trainees must bring their ballistic vest.

  • Subcompact weapons will not be accepted.

  • All holsters must be a duty type that is attached to a duty belt. No concealed carry or paddle back holsters are allowed. Holsters must have at least a level II retention that does not use the trigger finger to release the weapon. A minimum of three magazines are required.

PRECLASS REQUIREMENTS


COURT SECURITY OFFICER BASIC TRAINING ACADEMY STAFF

Dale Fernandez
Training Instructor II
859-622-6524

Tim Lucas
Training Instructor I
859-622-8130


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