LEOSU Seaport Security Division
Seaport Security Division
LEOSU seeks to represent all seaport security officers working in the Washington DC Capitol area and/or within our jurisdiction and we welcome you to contact us or join us to find out how we can help you and your
co-officers improve your wages, benefits and working conditions under a LEOSU union contract.
A port security officer is responsible for inspecting cargo, protecting passengers and for ensuring that terrorists and other criminals are unable to cross international borders. Generally, port security personnel are paid by government agencies. In some instances, security officers are full-time national or regional government workers while in other instances, government agencies contract private security firms to provide port security.
Ships from all over the world pass through major international ports. A port security officer has to inspect the paperwork that details the cargo contained on each ship that passes through the ports even if some of the cargo is not to be unloaded at that location. Generally, cargo ships carry large metal containers within which large quantities of goods are stowed. A port security officer has the authority to conduct an on-board inspection which may involve opening and searching cargo containers. Such searches are designed to detect the movement of illegal goods such as weapons or drugs as well as to detect quantities of goods that shipping companies may attempt to unload without paying any necessary customs taxes.
Terrorists and other fugitives sometimes attempt to cross international borders at ports. Consequently, security personnel are responsible for checking the passports and driving licenses of ship crew members and passengers. In many instances, security officers patrol major ports to ensure that no one other than the crew members and paying passengers are able to access boats and cargo. A port security officer may work with government agencies and share information related to suspected terrorist or criminal activity. In some countries, security officers must cross-reference lists of passengers and personnel with watch-lists of known criminals.
While many port security officers are land-based, some officers operate boats that patrol the harbor. Typically, they are responsible for ensuring that smugglers and other criminals do not make illicit drops at the dockside or make illegal transgressions into sovereign waters. Additionally, some ports employ airborne security officers who patrol the waters surrounding the port in helicopters or light aircraft. The patrolling officers liaise with personnel who work in control centers. Dispatchers based in the control center may alert patrol officers to unrecognized boats and marine vessels that are tracked by radar or sonar.
PURPOSE: To ensure a safe and secure environment in all areas of the Ports
property and facilities. Provide positive response to customers, answering questions, handling requests and resolving problems.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Patrol all areas of the Port to ensure property and facilities are protected from fire, intruders and other hazards.
• Identify emergencies, notify appropriate organizations, and assist with all emergency responses.
• Close and lock public parks, restroom, work yard and other areas at specified times.
Check doors, windows, safes to ensure that they are properly secured during non-business hours.
• Perform regular tests on fire extinguishers, generators, snow blowers, and boat pumps.
Ensure that emergency response and planning equipment is kept up-to-date and fully stocked. Complete regular checks of life ring boxes, ladders, lights and all safety equipment. Report discrepancies for correction.
• Respond to public and customer inquiries. Provide information on Port regulations, fishing regulations and weather conditions.
• Assist boaters who arrive after normal business hours with docking and advise them of guest moorage procedures, availability and loan-a-slip assignments.
• Assist marina and moorage operations with vessel, trailer and dock inventories.
• Enforce Marina regulations and policies.
• Monitor parking program including, regular inventory of vehicles parked in various lots and enforcement of parking areas.
• Prepare accurate shift logs.
• Perform other related duties as required.