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Security Support Specialist

The position of Security Support Specialist was created in 1994 when the Public Safety Building opened. The purpose of this position was to assist in the day to day operations of the jail. Since the opening of the new Courthouse in 2005, additional positions have been added.

Examples of Duties

  • Fingerprinting and photographing newly arrested persons
  • The operation of contact and non-contact visitation
  • Controlling the movement of residents, deputies, and civilians within the building
  • Controlling the movement of emergency response throughout the jail
  • Controlling access to initial appearance court and resident movement within the courthouse
  • Inventory and manage resident property
  • Inventory and manage Sheriff's Office supplies, equipment, and reports


  • High school graduation or its equivalency, and two years of either full-time work, college/vocational training or military experience.
  • Knowledge of the booking process
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to operate and integrate several computer programs/screens simultaneously
  • Ability to operate standard office machines, police radio, computer equipment, and various software programs
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with residents, staff and the public
  • Ability to read and understand moderately complex instructions, such as guidelines, regulations, and policies
  • Ability to apply written instructions such as guidelines, regulations, and policies to a variety of situations
  • Ability to give a verbal explanation of applicable guidelines, regulations, and policies
  • Mathematic skills: add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers
  • Ability to interpret requirements to the general public
  • Ability to respond to alarm signals
  • Ability to extract information through oral questioning
  • Possession of oral and written communication skills
  • Must have the ability to lift a minimum of 25 pounds unassisted, including above the shoulder
  • Must pass an in-depth background investigation, including but not limited to, verification of education, work record from current and former employers, reference checks, criminal history checks, fingerprinting, hearing, and drug testing
  • TIME Certification


As a Security Support Specialist, you will be trained in the operation of computer equipment, touch screen security control systems, digital fingerprint equipment, and photographic equipment. Your training will prepare you for the challenges of working within a corrections facility.

Security Support Specialists work rotating schedules and provide continuous 24-hour coverage.


View current postings on the Dane County Job website.

Dane County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.