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U.S. Marshals Service

Court Security

Court Security Officer Position Requirements:

Court Security Officers (CSOs) are recruited, hired, and employed by a private company awarded a security contract by the United States Marshals Service (USMS). You must contact the specific company or contractor to apply for employment. To qualify for a CSO position, an individual must meet the following minimum qualifications:

Candidates must be U.S. citizens, be at least 21 years of age, and be able to fluently speak, read, and write the English language.

CSO applicants must also be a graduate of a certified Federal, state, county or local law enforcement academy and have at least three years of law enforcement experience with general arrest authority.

CSO applicants must have at least three calendar years of verifiable experience as a certified law enforcement officer or its military equivalency. All three years shall have occurred within the last seven years.

CSO applicants must successfully pass a background investigation and subsequent reinvestigations, as determined by the Federal government.

To qualify, applicants must also successfully complete an approved firearms course with a U.S. Government issued weapon. To retain their eligibility, incumbents must complete the firearms course annually.

CSOs are also required to undergo and pass an initial medical examination and annual medical examinations.

Currently, five companies hold CSO contracts with the USMS: AKAL Security Inc., Walden Security, Paragon Systems, Centerra Group, and APSI-Centerra.

More information on Court Security Contracts for each judicial district

Judicial and Court Security

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