Certification Process and Mandated In-Service Requirements - Courtroom Security Officer/Deputy

Courtroom Security Officer/Deputy

Administrative Code: Rules Relating to Courtroom Security Officer/Deputy

  • Two (2) Required Steps for the Initial Certification as a Courtroom Security Officer/Deputy

Upon employment, courtroom security officer/deputy trainees have 12 months to complete the compulsory minimum training standards.  The courtroom security officer/deputy certification is obtained by (1) successfully completing the basic courtroom security officer/deputy academy and (2) completing field training for courtroom security officer/deputy within 12 months.  The initial court security officer/deputy certification is not valid until both steps have been completed and the documentation of the field training (DCJS Form FTO-OJT) has been sent to DCJS, and entered into the training records management system.

If the courtroom security officer/deputy trainee cannot meet the 12 month requirement for completion of the two steps to certification, the agency may request an extension for additional time to complete the compulsory minimum training standards.  The agency must submit a request to DCJS prior to the initial 12 months expiration date and provide the reason for the extension request. Agencies must contact DCJS Field Services (DCJS staff assigned to your agency) for further assistance.

 

  •  In-Service Requirements for Courtroom Security Officer/Deputy

Every certified courtroom security officer/deputy must complete in-service requirements throughout their career holding this function in order to remain certified.  In order to attend and obtain the credit hours needed to recertify as a courtroom security officer/deputy, they must be employed at a criminal justice agency in Virginia under DCJS purview and holding the job function as a courtroom security officer/deputy.   The below link will assist you on the hours needed, subject requirements and the mandated time requirements.

 

Agencies needing an extension in order to meet the mandated in-service requirements, must submit a request to DCJS prior to the expiration date and provide the reason for the extension request. Agencies must contact DCJS Field Services (DCJS staff assigned to your agency) for further assistance.

 

  • Assistance with Hiring Former Virginia Certified Courtroom Security Officer/Deputy

If your agency has hired a former courtroom security officer/deputy who was previously certified in Virginia and out of such employment less than 24 months, the former courtroom security officer/deputy can be reinstated without completing a basic academy, but must be current on in-service training within 120 days of hire.  If the former certified courtroom security officer/deputy has been out of such employment for more than 24 months, and you are requesting an exemption from the Virginia Compulsory Minimum Training Standards, the agency must submit an Application for Exemption from the Virginia Compulsory Minimum Training Standards (DCJS Form W-2). Agencies must contact DCJS Field Services (DCJS staff assigned to your agency) for further assistance and submit the DCJS Form W-2.

  • Assistance with Hiring Out-of-State Courtroom Security Officer/Deputy  

If your agency has hired a former courtroom security officer/deputy from another state and requesting an exemption from the Virginia Compulsory Minimum Training Standards, the agency must submit an Application for Exemption from Virginia Compulsory Minimum Training Standards. Agencies must contact DCJS Field Services (DCJS staff assigned to your agency) for further assistance and submit the DCJS Form W-2.