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Starting Part-Time Hourly Rate: $28.49 with Uniforms and Equipment provided.

Starting Full-Time Salary: $43,804.00 with Benefits and Uniforms
Benefits include:
Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance,
Deferred Compensation and
Generous Leave Time

For any questions please contact:

Will County Sheriff’s Merit Commission
16911 W. Laraway Rd - Suite 201
Joliet, IL 60433

Map to Location - Driving Directions

Building Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM

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The Will County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Essential Duties:

Under the direction of the Sheriff's Court Security Sergeant and the Judges of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Court Security Officers (CSOs) are responsible for ensuring that all spaces within the Will County Courthouse (including courtrooms, public areas and private offices), Court parking lots (public, employee, juror, and judicial lots) as well as the grounds surrounding the Will County Courthouse are secure.  CSOs are to attend all Court proceedings for the courtroom that she/he is assigned and obey all lawful orders and directions of the judges presiding therein while maintaining security and decorum of the courtroom and Courthouse.  CSOs are subject to the policies and procedures of the Sheriff's Department.

Functions Include:

  • Interacting with all Court employees, public officials and the general public in a positive, courteous and professional manner at all times and provide informational assistance upon request.
  • Assisting with maintaining the custody and control of all jail inmates assigned to the courtroom when needed.
  • Responsible for taking individuals into custody when directed to do so by a judge.
  • Responsible for the collection of those Court documents (e.g. fee sheets, green summary sheets, etc.) as completed by Court personnel and transfer the same with the corresponding inmate or custody to Court-Holding Correctional Officers.
  • Responsible for responding to emergency situations in the Courthouse, parking lots or Courthouse grounds when so notified by a judge, a member of the Court personnel, a member of the public or notification of a sounding duress alarm.  CSOs will notify their respective judge, the Court Security Sergeant and the Trial Court Administrator of an emergency, problem or unusual situation which may interfere with the proper functioning of the Courts.  CSOs will prepare any memos or incident reports of these situations in a timely manner.
  • Conducting a daily pre-Court search of the CSO's assigned courtroom for weapons and contraband.
  • Assisting with entry screening and other security duties as directed by the Court Security Sergeant when not otherwise in Court activities in their assigned courtroom.
  • Assisting with announcing the opening of court and call the court to order on all matters under its direction when needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Experience and Education:

Candidates must be certified as an Illinois police officer or correctional officer approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board or complete the same. Candidates must possess a High School Diploma or GED.

Candidates must be able to handle multiple stressful situations simultaneously, such as gang interactions, physical altercations, medical emergencies, active shooter situations simultaneously, bomb threats and other situations requiring immediate action.  Candidates must possess a thorough knowledge of courtroom procedures and operations. Candidates must also possess a basic knowledge of local, state and federal law.  CSO candidates must be able to read and interpret reports, posters, policy and procedure manuals, releases, Court Orders and all forms of identification. Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Candidates must possess and exercise sound judgement when reacting to emergency situations and when required to use physical force necessary to defend one's self and others.

General Requirements:

  1. Must be State Certified police officer or correctional officer as prescribed by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (50 ILCS 7051-12) and/or retired or currently not working full-time with respective agency.
  2. U.S. Citizen
  3. Must Be 21 Years of Age
  4. Valid Driver’s License
  5. High School or GED Graduate
  6. Must possess a valid Illinois Firearms Owner Identification Card (FOID)
  7. No felony or certain misdemeanor convictions from any jurisdiction
  8. Must be a resident of Illinois
  9. Successfully pass a physical agility test
  10. Be acceptable to the Sheriff following an in depth background investigation regarding reputation and character
  11. Successfully pass polygraph examination
  12. Successfully pass a psychological examination
  13. Successfully pass an interview panel consisting of Sheriff's Office Personnel and Chief Judge or his/her designee(s)
  14. Successfully pass a medical examination including a drug test
  15. Must be proficient in the use of firearms and be able to maintain departmental qualification standards in the use of firearms
  16. Successfully pass a field training program
  17. Successfully pass an 18 month probationary period
  18. Must be able to handle stressful situations, such as gang problems, fights, active shooters, bomb threats, and multiple situations simultaneously
  19. Must have knowledge of courtroom procedures and operations
  20. Must have knowledge of local, state, and federal laws
  21. Must be able to read and interpret reports, posters, policy and procedure manuals, releases, court orders, and ID cards
  22. Must have excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  23. Must possess and exercise sound judgement in reacting to emergency situations and using physical force necessary to defend oneself and others

You may download an application from this website - Application for Court Security Officer (PDF) - or they are available to pick up at the following location:

Will County Sheriff’s Internal Affairs - Map to Location
16911 W Laraway Rd - Suite 201, Joliet, IL

Physical Requirements:

Candidates must pass a physical agility test, a medical examination (including drug test) and a psychological examination.

The Application Process:

Candidates will complete a Will County Sheriff's Office application.  Candidates will then be required to complete a personal history questionnaire, the physical requirements as set forth above as well as submit to and successfully pass an in-depth background investigation and a polygraph examination.  Candidates will be interviewed by a panel consisting of personnel from the Will County Sheriff's Office and representatives from the Chief Judge's Office.  Candidates selected for employment must complete an 18-month probationary period during which probationary employees will be required to pass a weapons qualification test and a field training program.  You must be an Illinois resident to be hired.

Individuals wishing to apply can download and complete the following application and mail their application with requested supporting documentation (copy of Driver's License, copy of FOID card, and copy of your State of Illinois Law Enforcement or Corrections Certificate) to:

Deputy Chief Jeremy Viduna
Will County Sheriff's Office
16911 W. Laraway Rd., Suite 101 
Joliet, Illinois 60433



 Application for Court Security Officer (PDF)   Family and Medical Leave Act Information (PDF)