This is protective service work in providing security and maintaining order within the courthouse for judges, attorneys, witnesses, jurors, prisoners in custody, defendants on bond, and the general public. The work requires knowledge of techniques, methods and procedures used in courtroom security, which involves the use of specialized skills, or specialized equipment, which is learned on the job or through specialized training. Contacts with others require skills in understanding human behavior and those factors which influence or cause behavioral changes, are critical to job success, and involves significant interaction with people at all levels within or outside the department. Work is semi-routine in that tasks are covered by procedures or precedents, but some latitude is permitted to consider the most appropriate method, technique, or procedure to follow. Work is patterned involving similar situations and generally requiring only the choice of the correct procedure. Work is performed in a courtroom environment where risks and hazards are known, somewhat predictable and mostly controllable. Operates firearms, restraining devices, and related law enforcement equipment. The physical demands consist of sitting or standing for long periods of time and may require physical exertion in restraint of individuals. The work is performed under general supervision where the work assignments are varied and, although subject to standard practices and procedures, the worker is permitted some latitude to set own priorities subject to supervisor?s approval.
The probationary period for this class is twelve (12 months). This classification performs safety-sensitive functions and is subject to pre-employment, random and other drug/alcohol testing programs as set forth in the City of Jacksonville?s Drug Free Workplace Policy (0401).