According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, bailiffs, or court officers, fall under the category of correctional officers. These professionals have varying levels of educational requirements. Some local and state agencies only require court officers to have a high school diploma, while others prefer candidates who've completed a training program or earned some college credits. Programs are offered at approved police training academies, including many 2-year colleges. They may result in a certificate and can typically be completed in a year or less.
To enter a court officer training program, applicants must be citizens of the United States, according to California's POST guidelines (post.ca.gov). Applicants must also be able to pass a background check, since court officers are members of the law enforcement community.
Court Officer Training Programs
POST guidelines require aspiring court officers to be knowledgeable of basic criminal justice. They must also demonstrate their proficiency with firearms and in common law enforcement scenarios. Courses might include:
- Judicial protection
- Court systems
- Defensive tactics, including firearms training
- Emergency preparation
- Civil processes and criminal procedures
- Writing courtroom reports
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), bailiffs are expected to have a 1% percent decline in employment from 2018-2028 (www.bls.gov). Their median salary was $45,760 as of May 2018.
Continuing Education and Advancement Info
Experienced court officers may be eligible to pursue positions as parole officers or sergeants of corrections, according to the BLS. A bachelor's degree in a field like justice administration can increase candidates' prospects for such advancement.
Law enforcement officers who are interested in working in courts can enroll in court officer training programs. By providing both general police training and focused studies in the criminal justice system, these programs prepare prospective bailiffs to protect everyone in a court room.