Court Security Officer Curriculum

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 court security officers fundamental knowledge and skills to detect potential dangers and promote courthouse safety for all. This curriculum is open to court staff and law enforcement assigned to court security duties at the courthouse. 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 Officers: Fundamentals - Webinar
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022| 10 a.m. – 12 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 who 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. Materials are provided electronically.)

NOTE: It is advisable for court security officers to also participate in the following online course available 24/7: “Court Security for All Court Employees.” See description below. (FYI, there is also a course titled “Personal Security for Judicial Officers.”)

Court Security Officers: Essential Communication Skills - Webinar
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022 | 10 a.m. – 12 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 de-escalating 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 ability to remain composed, professional, and effective during stress.

(Tuition-free. Materials are provided electronically.)

Court Security Officers: Ethics and Civil Process - Webinar
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022 | 10. a.m. – 12. p.m.

Knowing the legal foundation that supports court security officer’s 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 the court and field as well as review the civil process for hearings and service.

(Tuition-free. Materials are provided electronically.)

Court Security Screening

Upon request, this individualized education is designed to provide a general overview of court security screening procedures for court security officers and law enforcement. It will include practical application in the areas of equipment set-up/staffing, use of walk-through and hand-held metal detectors, bag searches, and x-ray machines. Also covered will be legal authority, and verbal and non-verbal communication. (Tuition Free)

This education is provided by the Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Court Security at your local court with your equipment. To schedule a session, contact Terrence Upchurch at Courtsecurity@sc.ohio.gov.

Online Self-Study

Court Security for All Court Employees 2022 - Online

Security in the court is everyone’s responsibility. This course addresses skills and strategies to protect the safety of court staff, guests, and all others in the courthouse. This course is designed for all court staff and is based on training developed by the U.S. Marshals Service. This education is not meant to replace specific training for bailiffs, court security officers, or other security personnel.

(Tuition-free)

Ohio Bailiffs and Court Officer Association

Ohio Bailiffs and Court Officers Conference
Thursday-Friday, Oct. 13-14, 2022, Columbus

Visit their website for more details.

Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy (OPOTA) Courses

Firearms and Explosives: Court Officer Firearms Basic Training (44 hours)
May 3-12, 2022 (3, 4, 5 & 10, 11, 12) or Sept. 6-15, 2022 (6, 7, 8 & 13, 14, 15) | OPOTA TTC, London, Ohio

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. Classes are offered as two, two-and one-half-day sessions instead of five consecutive days.

(OPOTA tuition of $1,000, includes ammunition)

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 Security 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.