Transportation Security Administration
Behavioral Detection Officer
April 2008 — December 2012
Transportation Security Administration . MacArthur Airport,
Behavioral Detection Officer : Works independently, using developed expertise to conduct Screening Passengers by Observation Technique (SPOT) work at assigned airport(s) or other transportation terminals, that provide commercial service to the public. As assigned, leads other Behavior Detection Officers in performance of work and/or coordinates program activities.Exercises sound judgment while performing passive observation. Engages in voluntary encounters with the public under the SPOT Program, to determine whether elevated behaviors indicate that the individual may be involved in a terrorist or criminal act or activity. Analyzes behaviors exhibited by passengers and determines the next course of action.If additional screening is required, accomplishes through casual
conversation, selectee screening and/or law enforcement officer
Assesses multiple individuals simultaneously and uses defined methods to detect unusual behavior.Develops baseline data which includes identifying the flight destination, understanding the anticipated composition of travelers associated with the flight, behaviors to be expected, and deviations from those behaviors.Documents identified behaviors used as the basis for referrals.Prepares incident reports when law enforcement is involved.Ensures that superiors are aware of all ongoing activities.Develops and provides subject matter training, as assigned.The following duties are common to most aspects of work performed:
Secures unauthorized weapons and/or potentially hazardous materials and devices and prevent entry to secure areas and aircraft.As assigned, reviews travels documents to determine potential fraud and deception.Ensures the occupational health and safety guidelines are followed and any necessary decontamination procedures are completed in a timely manner.As assigned, based on review and analysis of activities and behavior patterns, discretely questions individuals.Reports suspicious individuals to superiors and Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs).