Court Security Officer [CSO] Law and Legal Definition

A court security officer refers to a contracted former law enforcement officers receiving limited deputations as armed special deputy marshals. S/he plays a vital role in courthouse security. Functions of a court security officer include using security screening systems, detecting and intercepting weapons and other prohibited items that individuals attempt to bring into federal courthouses.

Qualifications for a CSO include:

a. the U.S. citizenship, 21 years of age, and fluency in English language;

b. graduate of a certified Federal, state, county or local law enforcement academy and have at least three years of law enforcement experience with general arrest authority;

c. successful passing of a background investigation and subsequent reinvestigations, as determined by the Federal government; and

d. successful completion of an approved firearms course with a U.S. Government.