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Court Security Officer

NZ Ministry of Justice
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Security Services
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Court Security Officer - National Security Operations



  • Busy job, lots of variety, great team
  • Help people in your community stay safe
  • Be part of a growing industry and an expanding team

The National Security Operations team is at the beginning of an extraordinarily busy time as we increase our front-line numbers all around the country.  We are currently looking for a Court Security Officer to join our Court Security team at the Queenstown District Court on a 12 month fixed term basis.  This is a great opportunity for candidates with a real customer service focus and a genuine interest in providing a safe and secure Court environment for all our Court users.

Court Security Officers (CSOs) welcome people to the Court building.  They engage with a hugely diverse range of people in the community, and connect with and support these people through what can be a difficult time in their lives.  CSOs undertake security screening of court users.  They work with other agencies (Police, Corrections) and stakeholders to ensure smooth day to day operations and patrol public areas and carry out building maintenance checks. They respond to duress alarm activations, operate and maintain Court facility CCTV and electronic access systems and identify and respond appropriately to security incidents.

We are looking for candidates who are:

  • great negotiators who can act appropriately to engage with distressed, anxious and sometimes unhappy customers to defuse and control tense situations
  • excellent communicators; you will be using radio (RT), the telephone and be completing written risk and incident reports
  • able to maintain a high degree of vigilance to maintain a secure environment in Court precincts
  • total professionals with smart presentation and confident manner

As part of this role you will receive a full induction programme and training.  The role does not involve shift work and part-time options may be available.   

The expected starting salary for a CSO is between $39,312 - $46,249 - depending on the skills and experience that you bring to the role.



To be successful in this application you must have a level of fitness which enables you to be on your feet for much of the day and able to complete the physically demanding Control and Restraint training.  You must possess a full clean NZ drivers licence and be legally entitled to work in a permanent role in NZ.   Preferred candidates will be required to pass a medical and drug check.  

The successful applicant will commence employment at the Queenstown District Court Building, and will then be required to undertake a residential legislation and Control and Restraint training course at one of our main centres.

Please see the Position Description document for further information/requirements. 

To apply please complete the application form, attaching your full CV and a covering letter.  No applications will be considered without a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position. 

Applications close on Friday 20 April 2018

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