CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Railroad and Transit Police and Special Agents

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Railroad and Transit Police and Special Agents
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Protect and police railroad and transit property, employees, or passengers. Patrol railroad yards, cars, stations, and other facilities to protect company property and shipments and to maintain order.
 
Examine credentials of unauthorized persons attempting to enter secured areas.
 
Apprehend or remove trespassers or thieves from railroad property, or coordinate with law enforcement agencies in apprehensions and removals.
 
Prepare reports documenting investigation activities and results.
 
Investigate or direct investigations of freight theft, suspicious damage or loss of passengers' valuables, and other crimes on railroad property.
 
Direct security activities at derailments, fires, floods, and strikes involving railroad property.
 
Direct and coordinate the daily activities and training of security staff.
 
Interview neighbors, associates, and former employers of job applicants to verify personal references and to obtain work history data.
 
Record and verify seal numbers from boxcars containing frequently pilfered items, such as cigarettes and liquor, to detect tampering.
 
Plan and implement special safety and preventive programs, such as fire and accident prevention.
 
Seal empty boxcars by twisting nails in door hasps, using nail twisters.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Railroad and Transit Police and Special Agents
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Railroad and Transit Police and Special Agents
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Railroad and Transit Police and Special Agents
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 
Glare Sensitivity The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
 
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Railroad and Transit Police and Special Agents
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Crime mapping software Map creation software
 
Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System IAFIS Data base user interface and query software
 
Law enforcement information databases Data base user interface and query software
 
MapInfo Professional Map creation software
 
MapInfo StreetPro Map creation software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
National Crime Information Center NCIC database Data base user interface and query software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
35 millimeter cameras Still cameras
 
Automated external defibrillators AED Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
 
Biohazard suits Hazardous material protective apparel
 
Biological hazard detectors Weapons or explosives detectors
 
Breathalyzers Alcohol analysers
 
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR face shields Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR protective shields or masks
 
Chemical hazard detectors Weapons or explosives detectors
 
Crime scene tape measures Tape measures
 
Digital cameras Digital cameras
 
Digital video cameras Digital camcorders or video cameras
 
Distance measuring wheels Measuring wheels for distance
 
Explosive detectors Weapons or explosives detectors
 
Filter masks Masks or accessories
 
Fingerprint evidence kits Fingerprint latent print kits
 
First aid kits Emergency medical services first aid kits
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Metal handcuffs Handcuffs
 
Mobile data computers Notebook computers
 
Multipurpose fire extinguishers Fire extinguishers
 
Nightsticks Night sticks
 
Nuclear hazard detectors Radiation detectors
 
Pepper spray Hand sprayers
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Pistols Handguns
 
Plastic handcuffs Handcuffs
 
Police bicycles Police vehicles
 
Police motorcycles Police vehicles
 
Police patrol cars Police vehicles
 
Police rifles Military rifles
 
Police shotguns Police or security shotguns
 
Protective gloves Protective gloves
 
Riot helmets Riot helmets
 
Service revolvers Handguns
 
Side-handle batons Riot batons
 
Suspect fingerprinting equipment Fingerprint equipment
 
Two way radios Two way radios
 
X ray inspection equipment X ray radiography examination equipment
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Railroad and Transit Police and Special Agents
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)
 
Related Work Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Railroad and Transit Police and Special Agents
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Canine Officer (K-9 Officer)
Field Training Officer (FTO)
Patroller
Patrolman
Police Officer
Police Specialist
Railroad Detective
Railroad Police Officer
Railroad Watchman
Sergeant
Special Agent
Special Agent in Charge
Supervisory Special Agent
Track Patrol
Track Watchman
Transit Authority Police
Transit Police Officer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Railroad and Transit Police and Special Agents
 
 
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