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Security Officer

Date Posted:  Jun 16, 2022
Requisition ID:  368164

Evansville, IN, US, 47714

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


About the Evansville State Hospital:

Evansville State Hospital is one of the Indiana State Psychiatric Hospitals who are committed to the mission of Hope and Recovery. Residing on 88 acres on the east side of Evansville, Ind., our facility provides medical treatment for chronic mental illness and substance abuse disorders from our dedicated team of psychiatrists and advanced practice professionals. Active Treatment helps our patients achieve their goals directed towards living in the most non-restrictive environment possible. Our team of professionals assists our patients in the treatment process involving medical staff, nursing, psychology, social work, rehabilitation therapy, and our community integration program. Evansville State Hospital continues to maintain accreditation through The Joint Commission as an Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital as well as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services certification as a Psychiatric Medicare/Medicaid Hospital.


Salary Information:

This position traditionally starts at an hourly wage of $13.21

About the Job:

Positions are responsible for ensuring the security and safety of patients, staff, and visitors on the grounds of the Evansville State Hospital and when escorting patients and/or staff off grounds. 

A Day in the Life:

  • Patrols the hospital building and grounds in order to provide a visible deterrence to crime and to identify potential security/safety issues 
  • Communicates security/safety/building maintenance issues to appropriate management staff in a timely manner   
  • Responds to reports of and/or identifies potentially illegal activity and takes necessary action (e.g., resolves situation if appropriate or calls proper authorities/personnel as required)
  • Provides oral and written reports of identified issues/investigations (e.g., unsecured sensitive area doors, unusual activities on grounds)
  • Establishes and maintains the security of the hospital in the event of a disaster or major disruption of hospital services.  Takes a lead role in disaster response in the absence of the Director of Security.
  • Conducts investigations in response to reports of missing/damaged personal property, damage to building or grounds, and unauthorized persons/activities in hospital buildings/grounds
  • Provides assistance in dealing with aggressive or combative patients, visitors, the public and/or staff
  • Transports patients (including those that are high risk/criminally involved) and/or staff off grounds as required 
  • Assists nursing and other management staff with searches on the premises 
  • Keeps abreast of hospital policies/procedures especially as they relate to security and safety, as well as accepted industry practices (e.g., "chain of custody" for potential evidence)

What You'll Need for Success:


  • Ability to make critical decisions under stress and potentially administer first aid. 
  • Mastery of customer service techniques and exceed customer expectations.  
  • Ability to operate park radios and/or cell phones according to policy. 
  • Working knowledge of how to protect natural and cultural resources from misuse or damage. 
  • Working knowledge of the property’s safety programs. 
  • Basic knowledge of the unique natural and cultural resources located on the property.   
  • Ability to communicate with guests in a positive, professional, and helpful manner. 
  • Ability to perform a variety of routine tasks involving the care and maintenance of property buildings, grounds, utilities, vehicles, and equipment. 
  • Must be able to operate snowplow equipment, tractors with implements and other similar construction equipment. 
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks at once and maintain effectiveness with little or no direct supervision.  
  • Ability to work irregular work schedules including weekends, evenings, and holidays. 
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.   

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans;
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards);
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution; 
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities;
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match; 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options; 
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave;
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave;
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off; 
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years; 
  • Education Reimbursement Program;
  • Group life insurance; 
  • Referral Bonus program;
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits; 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program;
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access;



Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Nearest Major Market: Evansville