Open Until Filled
PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER
(Specially Commissioned Washington Peace Officer)
Females & Minorities Encouraged To Apply
**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 Public Safety 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).
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 on 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 Public Safety 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.
Starting Wage: $18.31 per hour
Required Knowledge and Abilities:
Knowledge of: Policies and procedures regarding access to buildings, vehicles and property; general safety precautions and fire safety procedures; methods in communicating and dealing effectively with staff, customers and members of the public; first aid and other basic first responder techniques; effective methods of observation and report writing. Skills: Use of basic communication devices such as cellular phones, radios, computers, direct connect technology; use of monitoring devices such as CCTV; administering first aid; use of fire extinguishers; observing behavior, gathering pertinent information and reporting facts accurately and concisely; verbally diffusing or de-escalating tense, intimidating or threatening situations; remaining calm and focused in situations where personal safety or safety of others may appear to be at risk; understanding and applying written and verbal directions; using sound, independent judgment within the scope of authority, policies, and procedures; maintain positive working relationships with staff, customers and supporting organizations, such as law enforcement, to promote a sense of confidence in the safe and secure delivery of transit services.
Required: High school graduation or GED. One year of experience in the public sector security field, military police, corrections, or a related field. 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 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.
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 notarized criminal background release form clearly showing how you meet the minimum qualifications listed above. Application materials may be obtained from http://www.piercetransit.org/careers, at Pierce Transit headquarters, 3701 96th Street SW, P.O. Box 99070, Lakewood, WA 98496 or by calling 253-581-8000.
Applicants who, in the judgment of Human Resources, most closely match the requirements of the position must complete an online personal history questionnaire to be used for a psychological and polygraph exam, be fingerprinted, provide complete references, successfully pass an extensive background investigation, a series of interviews, a bicycle assessment and a physical with drug screen. Candidates are subject to non-consideration at any step that disqualifies them in the process. Selection of applicants for further consideration will be determined by a review and evaluation of the information provided by the applicants throughout the process. It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information and detail to permit the Agency to properly evaluate the applicant’s qualifications, abilities and suitability for the position. Applicants hired for the position must successfully complete in-house training/academy within the 6-month probationary period.