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Silvia Sanchez

Silvia Sanchez

Gurabo, PR

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Department of Homeland Security/ Transportation Security Administration

Behavior Detection Officer - F Band

• Perform passive observation and engage in voluntary encounters with the public to determine whether individuals may be involved in harmful activities against transportation systems.
• Use seasoned experience and knowledge of the work and governing law, regulations, policy, and procedures, to independently complete the majority.
• Develop an understanding of the anticipated composition of travelers associated with flights or other modes of transportation, and the behaviors to be expected and assess deviations from those behaviors.
• Assess multiple individuals simultaneously and use defined methods to detect unusual behavior.
• Use established factors to determine whether elevated suspicion exists that might indicate an individual is involved in harmful activities against transportation systems.
• Refer individuals for additional screening through casual conversation, selectee screening and/or Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) intervention.
• Work closely with team members to assess individuals.
• Document identified behaviors as the basis for referrals.
• Prepare incident reports when law enforcement is involved.
• Ensure that superiors are aware of all ongoing activities.
• Perform pre-board security screening of persons, carry-on and checked baggage.

Career medium 04
Career
Career medium 02

Department of Homeland Security/ Transportation Security Administration

Behavior Detection Officer - G Band

Performing specialized functions as a Behavior Detection Officer for the Screening of Passengers by Observational Techniques (SPOT) Program.
• Leading other BDOs in performance of work and coordinating program activities.
• Exercising sound judgment while performing passive observation.
• Engaging in voluntary encounters with the public under the SPOT Program to determine whether elevated behaviors indicate that the individual may be involved in harmful activities related to transportation systems.
• Analyzing behaviors exhibited by passengers and determining the next course of action. If additional screening is required, accomplishing it through casual conversation, selectee screening, or LEO referral.
• Assessing multiple individuals simultaneously and using defined methods to detect unusual behavior.
• Developing baseline data which includes identifying flight destinations, and understanding the anticipated composition of travelers associated with the flights, behaviors to be expected, and deviations from those behaviors. Documenting identified behaviors used as the basis for referrals.
• Preparing incident reports when law enforcement is involved.
• Ensuring that superiors are aware of all ongoing activities.
• Developing and providing subject matter training, as assigned.

Career

Department of Homeland Security/ Transportation Security Administration

Transportation Security Officer -E Band

• Operating screening equipment to identify dangerous objects in baggage, cargo and on passengers, and preventing those objects from being transported onto aircraft
• Performing searches, to include hand-wand and pat-down searches
• Controlling terminal entry and exit points
• Interacting with the public, giving directions and responding to inquiries
• Maintaining focus and awareness while working in a stressful environment which includes noise from alarms, machinery and people, crowd distractions, time pressure, and disruptive and angry passengers, in order to preserve the professional ability to identify and locate potentially life threatening or mass destruction devices, and to make effective decisions in both crisis and routine situations.

Career medium 01
Career

University of Puerto Rico - Aguadilla

Bachelors, Education

Elementary Education for grades 4th to 6th grade.