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El Paso County Security Department

Chief Don Johnson, CPP

If you are looking for a job that offers:

  • Variety
  • Interest
  • Challenge

Consider being a professional Security Officer

El Paso County Offers Excellent Salary and Fringe Benefits

  • Starting Salary:
    • $2,300 per month
  • Fringe Benefits:
    • Medical
    • Dental
    • Flexible Spending Account
    • Paid Vacation and Sick Leave
    • Retirement Plan
    • Life Insurance
    • Uniforms and Equipment (does not include firearm, handcuffs, baton, and leather gear)

What does the El Paso County Security Department do?

  • The mission of the Security Department is to protect county property and assets,
  • Monitor and control access to county facilities during business and non-business hours,
  • Preserve the safety and welfare of county employees and the general public while on county property,
  • Provide security to the 4th Judicial District of Colorado,
  • Provide professional parking services at county facilities, and
  • Ensure the efficient use of available parking resources.

What is the difference between Public Law Enforcement and Private Security?

  • Law Enforcement
    • Police Officers:
      • Are public servants
      • Have authority to make arrests and conduct searches within geographical boundaries (city, county, state)
      • Are restricted by ordinances, statutes, and the U.S. Constitution
    • Responds to Community Calls for Service
      • Order maintenance
      • Crime investigation
      • Accident Investigation
      • Crowd and traffic control
    • Focuses on deterrance of crime through:
      • Crime prevention strategies
      • Apprehension of offenders
    • Tends to be reactive
      • Hindered by heavy workload
      • Limited resources
  • Security
    • Security Officers:
      • Are primarily private sector employees
      • Derive authority from the Employer
      • Restricted by ordinances and statutes, but usually not by the U.S. Constitution
    • Provides a variety of services to the employer
      • Protection services (employees, visitors, physical assets)
      • Crime and background investigations
      • Emergency management
      • Security awareness training
    • Focus is on loss prevention through:
      • Security surveys
      • Implementation of effective countermeasures
    • Tends to be proactive
      • Strong focus on prevention - not after the fact apprehension of offenders

Rick Leffler

27 E. Vermijo Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO

(719) 520-6500

8-5, weekdays
(except holidays)

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