Date:  Jan 31, 2024


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Requisition No: 818217 


Agency: Agency for Persons with Disabilities




Position Number: 67042607 


Salary:  $1,680.00- $1,992.25 BIWEEKLY 


Posting Closing Date: 05/04/2024 


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Join the Developmental Disabilities Defendant Program (DDDP) Team.   


We are dedicated to empowering persons with developmental disabilities charged with a felony crime to acquire the skills needed to become competent to stand trial, and to acquire the skills and supports that will prepare them for success in their future environments.   


DDDP is a forensic facility working with individuals with disabilities in a secure setting.  These individuals have been adjudicated by the courts as incompetent to proceed to trial and have significant behavioral and psychiatric issues.  DDDP provides rehabilitative, vocational, and daily living skills training to the individuals served which allows for a smooth transition back into a non-secure residential or community setting.  


Duties and responsibilities of an Institutional Security Specialist I F/C include: 


Monitor electronic sensory devices for the Forensic services, including door alarms and fence alarms, through mobile patrols, walking patrols and stationary post assignments.  Make visual and physical Security checks within the secure area of the Forensic facilities and surround areas through both mobile walking and surveillance.  Perform necessary searches and inspections of persons and property to restrict the introduction and movement of contraband as defined by Florida Statute or Forensic policy.  Monitor the ingress and egress of persons, vehicles, and objects within the secure area. Provide observation of Forensic residents outside the Forensic facilities to deter inappropriate actions by routinely making mobile patrols of the institutional campus and surrounding areas, as well as walking patrols throughout the buildings and grounds of the campus.  Utilizing state vehicles, or occasionally through air travel, transport Forensic residents to off grounds/out of town activities such as court appearances, medical appointments, and transfers to other facilities.  Respond to requests for assistance calls with unmanageable or potentially violent residents within the Forensic facilities and assist as needed in the escorting of residents deemed high escape risks on the grounds of the facility.  Utilizing established MANDT or other hospital approved techniques, verbally and physically intervene with violent or unmanageable residents to resolve problems, and prohibit harm to the residents, staff or other persons in the area.  Maintain accurate and concise information of department activities as required by existing operational procedures and Post Orders and ensure compliance with existing Hospital Departmental Operating Procedures and Post Orders, in all activities.  Comply with the HIPPA guidelines and other related statutes/laws concerning release of information and confidentiality.  Respond and participate in the recapture efforts of escapes, residents committed to the hospital under Florida Statute 916, including mobile zone assignments, and patrol functions, foot searches of the campus and surrounding areas, as indicated and isolated stationary assignments to areas for extended periods of time.  Work closely with Law Enforcement agencies and Department of Corrections to encourage and maintain a good working relationship and to reciprocate assistance to their departments.  In efforts to establish and maintain the relationship, provide assistance in emergencies such as escapes by providing additional mobile patrols.   Provide assistance to local law enforcement as requested concerning investigations involving hospital staff, residents or property and assist in emergencies such as traffic control for accidents, searching arrestees and providing unarmed assistance in reports of suspicious and criminal activities.   Maintain radio and telephone communications as required.

Provide general security measures to the hospital grounds, including physical plant inspections via mobile and foot patrols and surveillance.  Respond to all emergency situations, expediently and utilizing safe driving habits or on foot.  Provide support services such as traffic control, perimeter security via mobile and foot patrols, resident escorts, etc. periodically.

Perform other related duties as required.

Ability to document and ensure documentation is completed as required.

Completes all required training. Maintain MANDT certification as required.

Maintain timesheet, ensuring accuracy and submit timely in accordance with policy and procedure.


Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:

•           Ability to deal effectively with individuals.

•           Ability to recognize dangerous or potentially dangerous situations.

•           Ability to investigate suspicious or unusual events.

•           Ability to work without close supervision and to make independent decisions.

•           Ability to respond calmly in an emergency situation and to determine proper course of action.

•           Ability to make accurate observations.

•           Ability to follow instructions.

•           Ability to communicate effectively.

•           Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


Licensure/registration/certification requirements (If applicable, list the appropriate Florida Statute or federal regulation cite):

•           In accordance with Florida Statute 943, any person employed in this class must:

•           (1) Be at least 18 years of age.

•           (2) Be a citizen of the United States notwithstanding any laws of the State to the contrary.

•           (3) Be a high school graduate or its "equivalent" as the term may be determined by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.

•           (4) Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement, nor have received a dishonorable or undesirable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.  Any person who, after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendere or is found guilty of a felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement shall not be eligible for employment or appointment as an officer, notwithstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication.

•           (5) Have his/her processed fingerprints on file with the employing agency.

•           (6) Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician based on specifications established by the Commission.

•           (7) Have a good moral character as determined by a background investigation under procedures established by the Commission.

•           (8) Have completed a 320-hour basic recruit training course or its equivalent as established by the Commission.



Other job-related requirements for this position:

    • A valid driver’s license. License suspended or revoked for any reason, work permits (Business       purpose/ Employment/Education only license) and some types of restricted license are not acceptable. Licenses that have “Corrective Lenses Restricted,” are acceptable, provided the driver wears the corrective lenses while operating the vehicle.
    • MANDT at the Advanced level is required unless the incumbent requests reasonable accommodation supported by an annual medical certification.  Incumbent is required to submit to pre-employment TB screening and on an annual on-going basis as prescribed by DDDP.
    • Maintain confidentiality of employee and/or resident information.  This specific standard is mission critical as the Agency is entrusted with information about employees and residents which is protected by HIPAA and other federal and state laws.  The Agency’s ability to maintain and protect confidential information has a direct relationship on our ability to gain and sustain the public trust.
    • Based on the duties and essential functions of this position, incumbents will be required to spend a minimum of 75% of work time performing duties which involves direct contact with residents in a secure forensic facility.  This position requires lifting, pulling and squatting.



  • To support the goal of establishing APD as the most sought-after place to work in Florida, the employee will create an environment that cultivates people and transforms teams by increasing transparency and providing opportunities for professional development. The employee actively works to demonstrate the qualities of being humble, hungry, and smart and leads others to embody the same. The team member lacks excessive ego, shares credit, is self-motivating and exercises good judgement and intuition around the subtitles of group dynamics.



Recruiting Contact:      

Jodi NeSmith      

Recruitment Manager- Developmental Disabilities Defendant Program & Pathways 

Agency for Persons with Disabilities      

Telephone: (850) 793-7075 




This position is located at a 24-hour facility.  Staff members must be agreeable to working a shift schedule; regular, evening, or night. Days Off: Varies.  

Employees may be required to work additional days/hours based upon the needs of the facility and center.  This includes, but is not limited to ensuring facility coverage, activities, holidays, and emergency situations.  


The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:   

Working for the State of Florida is more than just a paycheck. The state’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of benefits including:   

Annual and Sick Leave benefits   

Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year   

State group insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options.   

Retirement plan options, including employer contributions (For more information, please click

Flexible Spending Accounts   

College tuition waivers and more!   

For a more complete list of benefits, click  


Direct Deposit Program – As a condition of employment, a person appointed to a position in State government is required to participate in the Direct Deposit Program.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace. 

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation. 

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act. 


BACKGROUND SCREENING REQUIREMENT- It is the policy of the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities that applicants for employment undergo Level 2 employment screening in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, Florida Statutes, as a condition of employment or being permitted to serve as a volunteer. No applicant for a designated position will be employed or permitted to volunteer until the Level 2 screening results are received, reviewed, and approved by the Agency. Level 2 background screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for Statewide criminal and juvenile records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Federal criminal records checks through the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and may include local criminal records checks through local law enforcement agencies. 



The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.


Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.


The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.


VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

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