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Transit Security Officer

Pierce Transit - Lakewood, Washington

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Salary Information

Entry Level Salary:
$18.04 hourly
Top Pay:
$23.01 hourly

Job Description

  • This is not a security guard or a police officer position. It is very unique and the first of its kind in Washington State.
  • Pierce Transit Security Officers hold a “Special Commission” and are Specially Commissioned Peace Officers. They are not fully commissioned law enforcement officers, do not carry firearms when performing their duties and do not have full powers of arrest as defined by RCW 10.93.020(5). Females and Minorities encouraged to apply.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. We have one vacancy now. Others will be placed on a hiring list for future vacancies. The Position: Under direction, provides system security for Pierce Transit’s assets, employees and customers. Essential functions: Issues passenger exclusion orders according to established procedures as part of the exclusion program. Issues Notices of Infraction pursuant to RCW 7.80.050. Conducts physical security assessments of transit facilities, reports inoperable equipment, physical security breaches, all threats to assets, employees and customers. Conducts thorough patrols on foot and bicycles of various parking structures, park and ride facilities, transit centers etc., as directed. Rides the transit system buses as a means of transportation from various locations and provides a uniformed presence on board the buses. Uses issued radio and cell phone to communicate security related information to supervisor and/or police. Completes various reports including the Daily Field Activity Report, Security Incident Reports, Monthly Reports, and Alarm Reports. Enters information into security database. Searches transit facilities and vehicles for suspicious devices, and/or people. Answers customers’ complaints and requests for assistance. May serve as a Field Training Officer (FTO) to other Transit Security Officers. With the use of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), conducts active surveillance of various locations, captures video evidence for the use in criminal and civil proceedings, listens and responds to radio traffic, responds to employee reports of suspicious activity, investigates and reports suspicious activity, notifies law enforcement of criminal activity and prepares detailed, specific reports; takes photographs of evidence for reporting purposes. Conducts traffic control and employee escorts as requested. Administers First Aid and CPR if needed. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Required: High school graduation or GED. One year of experience in public sector security field, military police officer, correctional officer or related field. Recent experience, within the last five years, is preferable. No major traffic violations within the last 5 years, no felony convictions, no misdemeanor convictions involving drugs, moral turpitude, or theft. Desired: Experience in public transportation security. Special Requirements: Must be able to pass 40-hour IPMBA police cyclist course. Must be able to work a flexible schedule including weekends and night shifts. Must be available to respond to security incidents throughout the service area. Must be able to obtain a valid Washington State driver’s license prior to employment and successfully pass a thorough criminal and civil background check. Must meet the Pierce Transit Department of Public Safety Certification of Standards as part of the pre-screening process.

Additional Information

HOW TO APPLY: To be considered, the following documents are REQUIRED and must be submitted at time of application: a completed Pierce Transit application form, background questionnaire, supplemental questionnaire, resume with email address included, certification of standards, and a notarized criminal background release form clearly showing how you meet the minimum qualifications. Application materials may be obtained from www.piercetransit.org, at Pierce Transit, 3701 96th Street SW, P.O. Box 99070, Lakewood, WA 98496 or by calling 253.581.8080.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21
  • Education: HS diploma or GED
  • Experience: one year

Contact Informaton

Jean White

Pierce Transit
3701 - 96th St SW
Lakewood, Washington 98499
phone: (253) 581-8080

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