Arizona Code of Judicial Administration (ACJA) §5-304 requires court-employed Court Security Officers (CSOs) to complete the CSO Academy and become certified CSOs within 90 days of hire.
ACJA §5-308 requires persons who provide court security services and who are not employed directly by a court (such as private security vendors and volunteers) to complete the Court Security Guard Academy within 90 days of providing court security services.
Peace Officers who are currently certified by AZ Post and who provide court security services may attend the Court Security Guard Academy for information purposes, however they are not eligible by statute for Court Security Officer certification.
CSO Academy Examination Policy (10/1/2019)
CSO Academy Attendance Policy (5/6/22)
Court Security Participant Conduct Policy (5/1/23)
CSO Instructor Policy (10/1/22)
CSO Computer Based Training (5/14/20)
Court Security Officer Request for Certification
Armed CSO PJ Requirements Form (Appendix A)
Armed CSO Conditions of Arming Form (Appendix B)
Court Security Officer Academy (CSOA)
Officers complete 6 computer-based courses online before attending a 5-day in-person Academy held in Phoenix. The AOC will provide lodging for officers more than 35 miles from the training location. Registration is currently open for the following courses:
November 27-December 1, 2023: https://csond2023.eventbrite.com (password "cso") - registration full / waitlist available
February 26-March 1, 2024: https://csofeb2024.eventbrite.com (password "cso") - registration full / waitlist available
June 3-7, 2024: https://csojune2024.eventbrite.com (password "cso")
August 5-9, 2024 https://csoaug2024.eventbrite.com (password "cso")
October 7-11, 2024 https://csooct2024.eventbrite.com (password "cso")
December 2-6, 2024 https://csodec2024.eventbrite.com (password "cso")
Court Security Officer Firearms Academy (CSOFA)
Administrative Order 2020-148 impacting ACJA 5-306 requires currently-armed CSOs to complete the CSO Academy and CSO Firearms Academy before June 30, 2021. Successful completion of the Court Security Officer Academy (CSOA) or current AZ CSO certification is generally required prior to attendance at any Court Security Officer Firearms Academy (for exceptions during the pandemic, see Administrative Directive 2020-07). Please note that Academy registration is first come, first served and must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the training date. Officers will be notified via email if their registration is confirmed or if they must register for another available academy date.
Confirmed CSOFA Dates/locations:
October 3-6, 2023 - Florence - registration closed
October 31-November 3, 2023 - Florence
December 19-22, 2023 - Florence
Please send completed registration form via email to Donna Lopez at [email protected].
Court Security Officer Firearms Train the Trainer (CSOFA TTT)
Pending CSOFA Dates/locations**
**Please do not send any registrations for the pending dates - we will accept the registrations after the date has been moved to the "confirmed" section.**
Court Security Guard Academy (CSGA)
The Court Security Guard Academy is a 3-day in-person Academy held in Phoenix for Court Security Guards who are not eligible for certification (contractors, volunteers, non-certified law enforcement). The AOC will provide lodging for court security guards whose residence and duty post are more than a 35-mile radius from the training location.
Effective October 3, 2022, registration must be completed using the following Court Security Guard Academy Attendee Authorization form and the Court Security Guard Academy Registration form. Once completed and signed, they must be emailed to Donna Lopez ([email protected]) no later than 5 weeks prior to the start date of the academy. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Dzezinski at [email protected].
Security Guard Academy Attendee Authorization Form
Security Guard Academy Registration Form
Please Note: If you have already registered in Eventbrite, you will receive an email from Mike Dzezinski regarding your registration.
Registration is currently open for the following dates:
December 4-6, 2023 - registration full / waitlist available
February 21-23, 2024
May 29-31, 2024
August 12-14, 2024
October 15-17, 2024
December 9-11, 2024
Court Security Resources:
This section provides information and continuing education training opportunities to court staff, security officers. and guards.
Court Security Codes Implementation Checklist
Department of Homeland Security Active Shooter Guide
Request for Certification
Judicial Security Best-Practices
Security Assessment Checklist
Security Plan Template
Steps to Best Practices for Court Building Security
Continuing Education Opportunities: