Spectrum Security Services, Inc. would like to thank you for applying for the Detention Officer (DO) position. The DO provides security and support services for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The work involves guarding and caring for alien detainees that are under the jurisdiction of Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE).

Since these are sensitive positions, ICE requires a thorough background check and extensive training before you can begin working. You will be required to fill out various forms for a federal background check and a Spectrum application packet. In addition, you will be required to provide copies of many documents certifying and confirming your skills and education. The background clearance process will take approximately 2 to 4 months. During this waiting period you will be responsible for completing some of our training requirements.

To qualify for this position, we prefer that you have years of prior experience guarding prisoners and detainees as a correctional officer, jailer, or detention officer. If you do not have such experience, you must have one of the following:

  1. Three years of experience as a security officer working in medical environments, psychiatric facilities, or as a customer service / access control officer dealing with difficult people, or
  2. A two-year college degree, related professional training, and six months of experience as a security officer preferably engaged in functions related to guarding prisoners/detainees, or
  3. A minimum of one-year experience as a law enforcement officer or military police officer.

  1. Be willing to work on-call, accept sporadic assignments, and eager to take challenging duties in environments such as, hospitals, psychiatric institutions, hotels, and federal facilities,
  2. Pass a medical examination, and be free of serious physical ailments such as epilepsy, heart, lung, and skeletal defects, and mental problems,
  3. Have no criminal record (NCIC records will be checked by DHS),
  4. Have no illegal substance use history. Drug test will be conducted,
  5. Have a good driving record without serious infractions (bring your DMV record when you are invited to the interview),
  6. Most importantly, have a good credit history. If you are invited to the interview, please bring a recent copy of your credit report with you.

Department of Homeland Security Background Check:

It is critical that the applicant passes the DHS background investigation prior to employment, which might itself take considerable time. This position will require a clean criminal record and acceptable credit history. If you have any felonies, or misdemeanors associated with violence, you are disqualified. If you have bad credit, or financial judgments filed against you by creditors (over $5,000.00), you may not want to apply, as it is highly unlikely that you will be granted a security clearance by DHS to work as a DO. If you have filed for bankruptcy within the last seven (7) years, and if it has not been discharged, you are disqualified. Attempts to conceal any past and present financial problems or an arrest record (resulting in a minor misdemeanor record) will be futile as they will be discovered during the extensive background investigation process. Disclosing all information openly, including all arrests and judgments sometimes will result in a clearance, but attempting to hide them will result in a definitive rejection. You must disclose any criminal charges and explain in detail on the forms and worksheets provided.

Thank You and Good Luck!


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