Court Security Officer Curriculum - 2018

Well-trained court security staff are crucial for courts to provide a safe place for the public to peacefully settle disputes. This curriculum will give law enforcement and court security officers knowledge, skills, and best practices to detect potential dangers and prevent or limit possible harm. Officers may take one or all of the following courses, depending on the scope of their job responsibilities.

Supreme Court of Ohio Courses

Court Security Fundamentals (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
This course is designed specifically for court security officers. It gives an overview of the fundamentals required to ensure the safety and security of all judges, court staff, and the public that conduct business with the court. In addition to a review of the fundamentals, discussion with attendees will identify policies and procedures used around the state.

(Tuition free)

  • Jan. 17 - Columbus
  • May 9 - Cincinnati
  • Sept. 6 - Athens

Essential Communication Skills (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Effective communication is a necessary skill that applies to all aspects of a court security officer's responsibilities within the court. From providing guidance to the public, to assessing and deescalating situations, the role of the court security officer is critical to the core functions and safety of the courthouse. In this course, faculty will help officers enhance their verbal and report writing abilities and their ability to remain composed, professional, and effective in the midst of stress.

(Tuition free)

  • Feb. 14 - Columbus
  • June 21 - Toledo
  • Oct. 23 - Salt Fork

Safety, Legal Authority, Ethics, and Civil Process (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Knowing the legal foundation that supports court security officers' actions will empower them to provide legally compliant, safe, and consistent court service. During this course, faculty will define the statutory authority and powers given to bailiffs and court security officers to carry out their duties and obligations. Faculty will also explain best practices for officer safety in court and the field, as well as review the civil process for hearings and service.

(Tuition free)

  • March 22 - Toledo
  • July 19 - Dayton
  • Nov. 7 - Columbus
Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy (OPOTA) Courses

Court Security Screening (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
This course is designed to provide a general overview of court security screening procedures for court security officers and law enforcement. This class will include classroom and practical application in the areas of legal authority, verbal and non-verbal communication, equipment set-up/staffing, use of walk-through and hand-held metal detectors, and use of x-ray machines. This course will culminate with students applying critical decision making in a practical court security screening scenario.

(OPOTA tuition of $50, scholarships available through the Supreme Court of Ohio)

  • April 3 - Grove City
  • Aug. 21 - Toledo
  • Dec. 5 - Grove City

Subject Control Level 1 and 2 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
This course is designed to provide basic subject control skills to those working within a courthouse environment. The goal is to provide students with skills to handle encounters with different types of non-compliance. Topics covered will include legal concerns, approach and control, strike defense/strikes, body locks/hold releases, take-downs, handcuffing, ground defense, weapon retention, shot avoidance, edged/impact weapon defense, and weapon manipulations. The course will also include scenario based training to reinforce the skills learned. Tactics, situational awareness, and critical decision-making will be addressed throughout this course.

(OPOTA tuition of $230 for each level)

Subject Control Level 1

  • March 1-2 (OPOTA)
  • Sept. 10-11 (OPOTA)

Subject Control Level 2

  • June 13-14 (OPOTA)
  • Dec. 18-19 (OPOTA)

Court Officer Firearms (40 hours)
This course is designed to provide basic semi-automatic pistol training for court security officers, probation officers, and other applicable court personnel. The training will include weapon manipulation, weapon retention, fundamentals of marksmanship, reloads, malfunctions, multiple targets, use of cover/concealment, and alternative shooting positions. Students will also participate in decision-making training that will include scenarios and the use of a simulator.

(OPOTA tuition of $850)

  • April 16-20 (OPOTA, TTC)
  • Sept. 17-21 (OPOTA, TTC)

Courses to be Obtained Locally:
CPR/First Aid and TASER

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the many individuals who have given of their time and expertise to design and deliver this curriculum. Special thanks to members of the Supreme Court of Ohio's Court Curriculum Committee, Ohio Attorney General's Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, and the full Court Security Committee with representatives from the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association, the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, and Ohio judicial associations.