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Court Protection Unit

Court Protection Unit

County Marshals hold a special law enforcement commission that allows them to perform law enforcement duties while on duty. This is a great opportunity for law enforcement professionals to let previous career experience enhance retirement earnings and/or continue a career of service.


  • Must have graduated from a certified law enforcement academy that meets or exceeds Washington State standards, and currently possess, or be able to obtain a valid Washington State Peace Officer Certificate.
  • Must have at least 2 years of recent work experience as a fully commissioned Police Officer/Trooper/Deputy Sheriff (with a break in service less of than 5 years) OR
  • Must have 4 years of continuous service and currently serving as a reserve police officer (WA State only) with qualification standards and work duties similar to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Out-of-state hires must successfully complete the WA State equivalency academy.
  • Good verbal skills and obvious experience defusing interpersonal conflicts and maintaining orderly conduct in public group situations.
  • Able to qualify with a KCSO-issued firearm at least twice a year.  

Duty Details

The CPU is part of the Technical Services Division (TSD) and is comprised of 3 Sergeants, 36 Marshal positions and 35 noncommissioned Security Screeners. The CPU operates Monday-Friday with weekends and King County recognized holidays off between the hours of 6am and 5pm. Hours of operation vary at each of the 12 work sites. Marshal's will be assigned to the King County Courthouse (Seattle) or Maleng Justice Center (Kent) during the first year of employment (probationary period). 

Marshals work under the Sheriff’s Office General Orders Manual and the CPU SOP. Marshal's man fixed security posts and patrol on foot. Marshals make warrant arrests, take defendants into custody on court ordered remands, provide courtroom presence and respond to a variety of different calls for service. Marshals also investigate incidents and write case reports.

Marshals may work 8 to 10 hour shifts (not counting overtime) with varied furlough days based on worksite. Workdays are Monday through Friday. Shifts generally start no earlier than 5:45am and end no later than 5:15pm.

Work locations 

Marshals serve in the following locations:

  • King County Courthouse, Seattle
  • Youth Services Center, Seattle
  • Harborview Mental Health Court, Seattle
  • Washington State Court of Appeals, Seattle
  • Maleng Regional Justice Center, Kent
  • Bellevue District Court
  • Issaquah District Court
  • Shoreline District Court
  • Burien District Court
  • Redmond District Court
  • Vashon District Court (staffed 1x/month)
  • Auburn District Court
  • Other locations as assigned 


The King County Sheriff’s Office offers competitive wages and paid training. Our excellent benefits include:

  • All uniforms and equipment are provided

  • Paid holidays, vacation and sick leave

  • Paid medical, dental and vision insurance for you and your dependents


All retired WA State law enforcement personnel are eligible to draw their full LEOFF II retirement benefits while working as a Marshal full time and with full King County health care benefits -- OR --  retired LEOFF II personnel can choose not to draw their retirement and instead pay into the WA State Public Safety Employees Retirement System (PSERS).  Under state law you cannot draw from a state retirement plan and pay into another state retirement plan at the same time.  Contact the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) (  to confirm your individual retirement circumstances.  If you are a PERS I or PERS II retiree, you may be able to work a number of hours and still receive your retirement benefits, but you should check with DRS.

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Contact the Recruiter:

Phone: 206-263-5276