Job Summary


Position is an armed School Safety Assistant (SSA) position; however, there shall be no law enforcement authority, except to the extent necessary to prevent or abate an active assailant incident on Duval County Public School premises.   Maintains calm, deters crime, and handles preliminary inquiries into violations of school board policies, on school property or at school-sponsored events.  Ensures the safety, security, and welfare of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors in the assigned school.  Assists the administrative staff with applying policies and procedures for safe and orderly schools at the building level.


Essential Functions


Percent of Job

1.    Uses whatever force is necessary to prevent or abate an active assailant incident.


2.    Conducts perimeter and inner school checks to ensure premises are secure.


3.    Monitors students within a variety of school environments (e.g. rest rooms, grounds, hallways, library, cafeteria, parking lots, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring the safety and welfare of students.


4.    Refers observations and incidents (e.g. injuries, altercations, suspicious activities, inappropriate social behavior, violations of rules, etc.) to communicate information to appropriate instructional and/or administrative personnel for follow-up action.


5.    Assist with administrative searches when directed to do so by the Principal or designee.


6.    Participates in all school emergency drills (Fire, Code Red, etc.).


7.    Prepares a variety of documents (e.g. security logs, memos, letters, procedures, etc.) to document activities, providing written reference and/or conveying information.  Reads and responds to e-mail communications.


8.    Performs other duties as assigned.





Open Requirements:  Must be at least 21 years of age. Must possess a high school diploma (or equivalency).  Some experience and/or training in a security related field or any equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred.  Read, write, speak, and understand standard English.


Promotional Requirements:  NA


Licensing/Certification/Registration:  Must have or obtain a State of Florida (F.S.S. 790.06, Florida State Statutes) concealed weapons permit at the applicant’s expense prior to employment and must maintain the permit throughout employment.  A valid Florida Driver's license is required prior to appointment and must be maintained during employment in this class.


Must successfully complete a 132-hour comprehensive firearms safety proficiency training during a Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission certified course conducted by JSO or other State of Florida certified law enforcement agency. 



Note:  The probationary period for this class shall be one year.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)



Physical Requirements and Working Conditions



0% = No Requirement (N)

1-20% = Some Requirement 1-2 hours per day (S)

21-50% = Moderate Requirement 2.5 – 4 hours per day (M)

51-79% = Great Requirement 4.5-6 hours per day (G)

80-100% = Constant Requirement 6.5 hours or more per day (C)


Physical Requirements/Movement:

Lift heavy (51 to 100 lbs.) items or awkward weights (S)

See (C) - Visual acuity necessary to observe and comprehend student movement

Hear (C) - Hear and understand speech at normal levels

Talk (M) - Speak in audible tones so that others may understand clearly; Articulate information in an emergency situation

Sit (S)

Walk (G) - For extended periods of time

Stand (G) – For extended periods of time

Grasp (M) – Manual dexterity to dial a telephone, key a two-way radio microphone, use a lock and key, open and close fence gates, and operate a computer keyboard

Fine hand & finger movements (S)

Repetitive arm and hand motion (S)



Color perception necessary (G)

Push/pull movements (S)

Bend/stoop (S)

Reach above/below the waist (S)

Twist (S)

Crawl (S)

Kneel (S)

Crouch (S)

Squat (S)

Climb/high places/ladders/scaffolding (S)

Operate equipment (G) - Telephone and computer keyboard

Operate motor vehicle (S) – School police vehicle; Perform routine daily patrol car servicing (gas, oil, tires, etc.) to ensure a proper functioning vehicle

Other (S) - Physical agility and strength to defend self and detain persons using force if necessary



Work Conditions:

Office environment (S)

Field environment (G) - Outdoors in all weather conditions

School environment (C) - School/classroom environment

Significant changes in temperature/humidity (M) - Outdoors

Hot (M) - Outdoors

Cold (M) - Outdoors

Dusty (M) - Outdoors

Exposure to outdoor elements (M)

Noisy conditions (G) – Exposure to students in schools


Hazardous substances (M) – Potential for violent and armed confrontations

Chemical exposure (S) – Mace spray

Bleach, soaps, water (S)

Gloves necessary (S)

Grease or oils (S) - Routine daily patrol car servicing (gas, oil, tires, etc.)

Fumes/Gases (S) - Routine daily patrol car servicing (gas, oil, tires, etc.)

Moving/Mechanical hazards (S) - Routine daily patrol car servicing (gas, oil, tires, etc.)

Other (M) - On call for emergency situations, 24 hours a day, work overtime


Note:  The essential functions, physical demands, and working conditions described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.