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ABOLISHED 06/04/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-17 - Security Guard, Department of Developmental Services (1939)

ABOLISHED 06/04/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-17 - Security Guard, Department of Developmental Services

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: VC39
  • Class Code: 1939
  • Established: 11/01/2000
  • Revised: --
  • Title Changed: --


Under supervision, the Security Guard, Department of Developmental Services, is responsible for following established security measures to provide protection by enforcing security procedures and administrative regulations, while providing perimeter security at the Secure Treatment Facility of Porterville Developmental Center.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The Security Guard, Department of Developmental Services, is an entry and journey level class. In carrying out the primary duty of protection of both the individuals and public who live and work at a developmental center, the Security Guard, Department of Developmental Services, class primarily performs the following duties required to monitor a Secure Treatment Facility: Staffs fence perimeters of designated areas, surveillance from observation posts, and prevents escape or illegal entry of unauthorized individuals.

Typical Tasks

In a Secure Treatment Program at Porterville Developmental Center, under the general supervision of a Peace Officer, Developmental Center, the incumbent stands watch at an observation post or fenced security area; maintains visual surveillance of facility grounds from observation post or fenced security area; listens for unusual sounds that may indicate illegal activity or disturbances such as whispering, scuffling, or rattling of chain link fence; watches for indications of illegal activity or disturbances in relative darkness or in normal lighting; reports illegal activity or disturbances to facility Peace Officers; reads facility rules, procedures, and regulations; posts orders and other formal written materials relevant to job performance; observes and maintains logs on activities; writes various noninvestigative reports and memoranda; in a secured facility, may search clients, property, and vehicles for contraband; verifies proper credentials of visitors in security area; reports infractions of rules and unlawful conduct, regulations, and irregular and suspicious occurrences; prevents escapes of clients; performs security duties within the fenced facility; may assist Peace Officers in the apprehension of clients who attempt to elope from the facility and also assist in the control of clients who are exhibiting maladaptive behaviors, utilizing approved techniques as trained by the facility; and may perform other related non-Peace Officer duties.

Job Characteristics

All applicants are required to successfully complete Porterville Developmental Center's 40 hour, new employee orientation training during their probationary period.


All applicants are required to complete a 240-hour, In-Service training program during their probationary period.


Successful completion of the designated training courses is a requirement for permanent status in this classification.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade and successful completion of Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Penal Code (P.C.) 832 training within the last three years. (Enrollment in a P.O.S.T. 832 training program will allow applicants admittance into the examination, but they cannot be appointed until they show proof of completion of P.O.S.T. 832 training.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Grammar, spelling, and basic arithmetic.


Ability to: Read and interpret written material accurately and rapidly; write effectively; prepare accurate and objective noninvestigative written reports using good grammar, composition, and correct spelling; promote socially acceptable attitudes and behavior of clients; think and act quickly in emergencies; provide accurate and clear reports of incidents; reason logically and communicate effectively; make simple arithmetic computations; correctly follow oral/written directions; adhere to the policies of the Department and developmental center; accurately differentiate clients and staff from an observation post position; deal tactfully and professionally with the public, clients, and staff; willingness to follow chain of command; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; walk or stand for a long period of time.

Special Personal Characteristics

Emotional maturity and stability; sympathetic and objective understanding of developmentally disabled persons in a Secure Treatment Facility; satisfactory record as a law-abiding citizen; leadership ability; tact; good personal and social adjustment for custody work; neat personal appearance; courage; alertness; and willingness to work day, evening, or night shifts, weekends, and holidays, and to report for duty when emergencies arise.

Special Physical Requirements

Must pass a medical examination; good physical health; sound mental and emotional condition; freedom from any physical or mental condition that would interfere with the full performance of the duties of a Security Guard; strength, endurance, and agility; hearing and eye sight sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job; must have normal eyesight and hearing with or without correction; must be able to see in dim/bright light situations; work alone; remain alert during long periods of inactivity; stand or sit for prolonged periods; climb ladders and stairs on a routine and emergency basis; operate electrical carts and equipment, including mobile radio; and physically perform a variety of tasks including subduing combative clients.

Drug Testing Requirements

Applicants for positions in this class are required to pass a drug- screening test. The drug-screening test is waived for employees who are currently in a designated class for which drug testing is required under State Personnel Board Rule 213.

  Updated: 8/30/2017
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