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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 385M
Category: Protective Services


Supervises security staff who provide protection and security of buildings, grounds and their residents, staff or visitors. Assists security staff in the patrolling and inspection of buildings, grounds and equipment. Enforces rules of behavior in buildings and grounds.

Typical Work

Supervises all operations of security department or unit; plans, coordinates, directs and controls security activities; supervises on a 24-hour basis;

Liaison with Chief of Safety to assure compliance with hospital policies and administration; communicates with hospital staff and supervision through memos and reports; meets with internal/external agencies on security procedures, equipment purchases or repairs; represents security department at hospital meetings;

Meets with administrative staff and law enforcement agencies; assists local law enforcement agency when requested;

Prepares and presents oral and written reports; develops various reports; compiles security program manual; develops, reviews and modifies security policies and operating procedures; develops departmental or unit operating budget; audits security time for contract requirements between hospitals;

Patrols buildings and grounds by foot and/or vehicle and two-way radio; enforces rules and policies of facility and grounds, and enforces rules of behavior; monitors erratic behavior and escorts hostile visitors from the buildings;

Patrols and inspects buildings and grounds to detect and prevent fire, theft, illegal entry, escapes and property damage; examines gates, doors and windows to ensure security; checks boilers, freezers and other operating equipment for safety and proper operation;

Opens buildings and turns on lights and heat as necessary; turns off unnecessary lights; locks and unlocks public access doors; shuts off elevator; locks areas at the end of the day;

Hires security department or unit employees; supervises and provides assistance to security guards; is responsible for staff's work schedules; monitors performance of security guards and/or other staff; reviews security guard reports for completeness and accuracy; assures assignments are carried out; evaluates persons to determine training needs; provides training to security guards; maintains logs and other records; serves as back-up or fill-in for vacancies; prepares evaluations; provides counseling to staff and resolves discrepancies and problems; participates in disciplinary actions or discharges; receives and reviews reports; completes daily shift logs, security reports, inspection reports and other paperwork;

Initiates training programs; is responsible for personnel attending CARL (Correctional Academy and Reserve Law) enforcement course;

Instructs new employees in operation of fire extinguishers and other fire fighting equipment; maintains fire fighting equipment in working order; responds to fire alarms and other threat conditions, such as bomb threats; resets fire alarms; assists safety officer in fire marshal duties as necessary; facilitates and assists in evacuation of buildings; inspects for fire and safety hazards, makes corrections as necessary and/or as possible and reports needed repairs or action; schedules monthly fire drills; assists maintenance with fire alarm system;

Monitors vehicles in parking areas to prevent vandalism or theft; responds to situations of stolen property, accidents, parking incidents and other disturbances or situations; issues citations for violations; reports illegal entry to law enforcement and campus security; reports disturbances and other incidents to law enforcement as necessary; secures areas until authorities arrive; assists law enforcement personnel upon request; expels loiterers;

Responds to non-felony incidents; writes reports for sheriff's department; assists in investigations of incidents; logs all incidents and reports incident and safety issues; performs weapons and contraband checks; confiscates and stores contraband; serves in chain of custody with sheriff's department for confiscated and stored contraband;

Responds to life and death emergencies; provides emergency assistance, first aid and is back-up in problem situations; responds as directed by 911 emergency system dispatcher; responds to burglary alarms;

Assists in traffic control; assists in investigations of traffic accidents and property damage; responds to accidents off-campus by directing traffic and warning oncoming drivers of approaching danger; gathers and preserves evidence; represents sheriff's department in locating witnesses, serving subpoenas and preparing reports on misdemeanors; appears in court to testify and present evidence;

Searches for missing patients and returns to hospital; assists nurses with new admissions; uses a portable kit to test for illegal drugs prior to sending samples to crime lab;

Provides information and assistance to individuals as necessary; escorts visitors, staff, students and residents to and from buildings; responds to telephone and public inquiries; promotes community and staff goodwill;

Checks in on other personnel working alone on the grounds; responds to pager; assists staff and others with personal safety concerns;

Delivers and transports mail, records, and cash boxes; is responsible for food run; provides lunch relief at switchboard; turns key for authorized personnel;

Performs other work as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: rules governing access to and departure from institution, buildings and grounds; general safety precautions and fire hazards at institutions; methods and procedures in dealing with intruders, hostile clients and escapees; fire fighting equipment and fire prevention methods; written and verbal communication; preparation of reports; investigation procedures; gathering of information; illegal drug testing; process and procedures for locating witnesses; procedures for serving papers; first aid; supervision; scheduling employees; basic law enforcement; confiscation and storing of contraband; training development; policy and procedure development; interviewing skills.

Ability to: supervise and train security guards; enforce rules and regulations; apply and comply with policies and procedures; follow written and verbal instructions; respond to emergencies and employ effective courses of action; apply first aid; diffuse altercations and problem situations; write clear and concise reports; communicate with hostile clients; gather and preserve evidence; assist law enforcement and fire department personnel.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

Three years of experience as a Security Guard 1.


Two years of experience as a Security Guard 2.


High school graduation or GED and three years of experience in areas of work such as:  security guard, correctional officer, or store investigation, or, police officer, police reserve officer, military police, or other law enforcement work.

A certificate of completion in a basic law enforcement training program approved by the Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission; or, a certificate of completion in a police or reserve police academy or military training program will substitute for one of the three years of required experience.

A valid driver's license is required.

Class Specification History

Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted December 6, 1971.
Revise class. Revises title (formerly Watchman II), general revision; adopted September 7, 1973.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted January 10, 1974.
Revise class. Revises title (formerly Security Guard 2), definition, minimum qualifications; adopted
June 28, 1993.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 83620), general revision; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.