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Security Officer I

This information is for reference only. These classifications are no longer valid and were replaced 7/1/2020.

  • Security Officer I
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Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$23,976.00 – $38,028.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$999.00 – $1,584.50
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This is entry-level security work protecting public property and equipment against loss or damage from theft, fire, vandalism, or other causes, and maintaining order and proper behavior of individuals and groups for a state facility.

Job Duties

Provides for the security and protection of property in a state office building or other public facility on an assigned shift.

Conducts regular rounds throughout buildings and/or grounds observing the demeanor of the public, employees, residents, or clients; takes necessary action to ensure that proper conduct is followed.

Investigates acts of vandalism or theft, and works closely with law enforcement officials on investigations whenever necessary.

Prepares reports of infractions of laws, regulations, and/or rules that occur on the grounds or within the building.

Reports questionable conduct of employees, residents, clients, or the public to an immediate supervisor or other administrator.

Responds to routine questions and provides directions to the public.

Directs and controls traffic at parking lots of public buildings/facilities; installs traffic signs around emergency areas.

Assists in implementing training programs involving security procedures.

Assists in organizing and conducting searches when clients/residents walk away or escape; assists in handling distressed clients/residents.

Takes necessary action in removing unruly individuals or detaining them until they are turned over to the proper authorities.

Dispatches facility vehicles; receives reports of difficulties with vehicles and arranges for repairs; and checks oil and gas to assure readiness for the next dispatch.

Transports staff, clients, and/or suspects as needed.

Assists other facility personnel in maintaining security and assuring that necessary precautionary measures are taken for the protection of individuals and property.

Conducts fire prevention inspections and responds to all fire alarms.

Performs work in accordance with established rules and regulations; receives supervision from a higher-level Security Officer or other designated administrative supervisor.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following requirements will determine merit system eligibility. Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statements; no other substitutions will be permitted. These minimum qualifications may be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

One or more years of experience as a Security Guard with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.


One or more years of experience in public, private, civilian, or military security, law enforcement, or experience within an intermediate/maximum security mental health facility performing security functions; and possession of a high school diploma or proof of high school equivalency.

(Earned credit hours from an accredited college or university, technical, or military school may substitute at a rate of 30 earned credit hours, or 480 clock hours for the stated experience.)

Special Requirements

By assignment, a position may require successful completion of a physical agility test administered by the hiring agency prior to employment.

By assignment, a position may require the ability to secure a license to carry firearms.

By assignment, a position may require possession of a valid vehicle operator’s license.

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Introductory knowledge of the rules, regulations, and policies established for ensuring adequate facility security and protection.

Introductory knowledge and understanding of general law enforcement procedures in dealing with large numbers of people.

Introductory knowledge of facility rules for acceptable behavior on campus and/or grounds.

Ability to control and direct various sized groups of people and subdue suspects.

Ability to communicate effectively, meet the public, respond to questions, and furnish information.

Ability to follow instructions explicitly.

Ability to walk for long periods of time, both indoors and outdoors under varying work and climatic conditions.

Ability to remember faces and names.

Ability to prepare detailed reports.

Ability to be firm but tactful in the performance of duties.

Ability to exercise appropriate judgment and act quickly in emergency situations.

Ability to coordinate security activities with outside agencies and assist in facility safety programs.

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