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Seaport Security for Security Officer Supervisors

Course Outline




SOS Required








See Required lessons in Seaport Security for Security Officers for compliance with 33 CFR 105.210.






SOS Professional Development




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Module 4. Inside Threats to Security





SOS 4.3-PD

Lesson 4.3-PD: Identifying Inside Threats

SOS 4.3


4.3-PD         Work with security staff to identify potential internal threats.



4.3.1      Recognize activities and behaviors consistent with internal threats.



4.3.2      Identify potential internal threat risk areas in current port security setting.



4.3.3      Describe the role of staff and employees in identifying internal threats.



4.3.4      Describe the role and functions of port security staff in regard to internal threats.



4.3.5      Develop trusted and routine communication with port security staff regarding threat






SOS 4.4-PD

Lesson 4.4-PD: Reporting Inside Threats

SOS 4.4


4.4-PD         Support employee anonymous reporting of potential inside threats.



4.4.1      Describe the importance of anonymity in reporting potential inside threats.



4.4.2      Describe employee’s responsibility in reporting potential irregularities/inside threats to

appropriate personnel.



4.4.3      Build a trusting relationship between employees and management regarding all security concerns.





SOS 4.5-PD

Lesson 4.5-PD: Communicating with Law Enforcement

SOS 4.5


4.5-PD         Create information-sharing communication channels with law enforcement.



4.5.1      Describe the role of law enforcement agencies in regard to inside threats.



4.5.2      Describe the conditions under which it is appropriate to report a potential inside threat

to law enforcement agencies.



4.5.3      Identify appropriate points of contact within law enforcement agencies.



4.5.4      List the characteristics of a meaningful report to law enforcement agencies.









Module 5. Situation Awareness and Decision Making





SOS 5.7-PD

Lesson 5.7-PD: Making Better Decisions

SOS 5.5


5.7-PD         Generate decision options when responding to security threats.



5.7.1      Demonstrate the use of plausible goals in generating decision options.



5.7.2      Explain how expectancies are used in unfolding a decision.



5.7.3      Recognize when to stop searching for information.



5.7.4      Identify risks involved with proposed decision options.




5.7.5      Compare mental simulations of a course of action among team members.



5.7.6      List characteristics of expert decision makers.









Module 6. Surveillance and Suspicious Activities





SOS 6.5-PD

Lesson 6.5-PD: Supervising Prevention Methods

SOS 6.5


6.5-PD         Supervise the implementation of measures to prevent and counter surveillance and

suspicious activities at the port.



6.5.1      Oversee the implementation of security methods for preventing and countering




6.5.2      Supervise the operation of counter surveillance equipment.



6.5.3      Report all observed and reported indicators of surveillance and suspicious activities using

the established local protocol at the port.









Module 7. Communication and Reporting





SOS 7.4-PD

Lesson 7.4-PD: Sensitive Security Information Procedures

SOS 7.2


7.4-PD         Ensure the safe and secure handling of Sensitive Security Information (SSI).



7.4.1      Identify documents and records that may contain sensitive information.



7.4.2      Identify conditions required of personnel when handling SSI.



7.4.3      Ensure implementation of procedures relevant to SSI document control, information

access control, physical information security, and computer network protection.





SOS 7.5-PD

Lesson 7.5-PD: Effective Communication Skills

SOS 7.7


7.5-PD         Ensure effective communication.



7.5.1      State effective communication techniques in communicating with subordinates.



7.5.2      Ensure back-up communications means, regular contact with subordinates, and information sharing of security incidents and other unusual occurrences at the port.



7.5.3      Ensure that stowaways and dangerous and suspicious cargo, substances, items, and

devices are reported and documented.



7.5.4      Review incident reports for accuracy.



7.5.5      Ensure that subordinates understand the importance of effective communication.









Module 8. Identification and Documentation: Access Control





SOS 8.3-PD

Lesson 8.3-PD: Supervising Documentation Processes

SOS 8.8


8.3-PD         Ensure that credentials, incident reports, memorandum, logs of activities and other

documentation at access points comply with the Facility Security Plan at different

MARSEC Levels.



8.3.1      Monitor credential and ID checking at different MARSEC levels.



8.3.2      Review incident reports, memorandum, and logs of activities prepared by security




8.3.3      Supervise the collection of cargo release forms and the photo recording of truckers and

their cargo documentation.









Module 9. Screening People and Baggage





SOS 9.2-PD

Lesson 9.2-PD: Supervising Screening of People and Personal Property

SOS 9.8


9.2-PD         Supervise the implementation of procedures relevant to screening people and baggage

entering the port.



9.2.1      Ensure that screening equipment is routinely tested and maintained.



9.2.2      Ensure the courteous, professional, and expedient operation of screening procedures




relevant to people and baggage entering the port and in restricted areas.



9.2.3      Ensure the implementation of screening measures and procedures for all MARSEC Levels.



9.2.4      Report all findings of dangerous and/or suspicious substances, items, and devices, including hazardous material (HazMat).









Module 10:  Vehicle Screening and Inspection





SOS 10.8-PD

Lesson 10.8-PD: Protecting People on the Port

SOS 10.9


10.8-PD Maintain the safety of port personnel and visitors against vehicle-borne threats.



10.8.1    Describe the procedures for authorizing the removal of illegally parked vehicles.



10.8.2    Demonstrate procedures to inspect vehicles, as necessary, within restricted areas that do

not include access gates.



10.8.3    Recommend changes to vehicle inspection policies, procedures, and equipment to

enhance effectiveness and efficiency of vehicle inspections.





SOS 10.9-PD

Lesson 10.9-PD: Quality Assurance

SOS 10.10


10.9-PD Maintain established vehicle inspection procedures, policies, and regulations.



10.9.1    Observe and document vehicle inspection procedures as they are performed by security officers.



10.9.2    Review vehicle inspection logs to assure compliance with port facility rules, regulations,

and procedures.



10.9.3    Review daily reports to ascertain that appropriate vehicle inspection measures are

planned for the current MARSEC Level.









Module 11:  Crowd Control





SOS 11.3-PD

Lesson 11.3-PD: Supervising Crowd Control

SOS 11.5


11.3-PD Supervise and direct flow of crowd traffic in various situations.



11.3.1    Supervise control of crowd traffic for special events in coordination with local and federal

law enforcement agencies.



11.3.2    Supervise control of crowds to maintain order in emergency and crisis situations.



11.3.3    Supervise the implementation of evacuation procedures to ensure safety.



11.3.4    Supervise the implementation of procedures relevant to the Facility Security Plan for

crowd control under all MARSEC Levels.









Module 12:  Cargo and Container Security





SOS 12.4-PD

Lesson 12.4-PD: Supervising Cargo and Container Security Methods

SOS 12.7


12.4-PD Supervise procedures relevant to the security of cargo and containers on the port.



12.4.1    Evaluate and report to the proper authority correctly identified vulnerabilities from

inspections of cargo and containers.



12.4.2    Evaluate and report to proper authority correctly identified false or altered

documentation associated with cargo and containers.



12.4.3    Oversee the implementation of security procedures to prevent cargo and container theft.



12.4.4    Oversee the implementation of procedures relevant to the handling of cargo and

containers on the port with respect to a change in the MARSEC Level.









Module 13:  Conflict Management





SOS 13.5-PD

Lesson 13.5-PD: Supervisory Conflict Management Skills

SOS 13.5


13.5-PD Manage and resolve conflict effectively.



13.5.1    Describe 5 key conflict management styles and identify when to apply a particular style.




13.5.2    Explain how weak leadership can create conflicts.





SOS 13.6-PD

Lesson 13.6-PD: Team-Building

SOS 13.6


13.6-PD Prepare for and build a cohesive team.



13.6.1    Influence and persuade team members to implement a shared vision.



13.6.2    Facilitate the open exchange of ideas.



13.6.3    Motivate and inspire team members.



13.6.4    Gain cooperation of team members.



13.6.5    Build consensus among team members.



13.6.6    Form a strategic mindset for responding to a critical incident.



13.6.7    Utilize a skill mapping process to identify team member assets.





SOS 13.7-PD

Lesson 13.7-PD: Personal Leadership

SOS 13.7


13.7-PD Develop personal leadership knowledge and awareness.



13.7.1    Describe the four basic types of leadership.



13.7.2     Determine personal leadership style.



13.7.3    Identify leadership competencies.



13.7.4    Create a personal leadership profile.









Module 14:  Crisis Management





SOS 14.3-PD

Lesson 14.3-PD: Crisis Management Fundamentals

SOS 14.4


14.3-PD Demonstrate relevant background knowledge on crisis management.



14.3.1    Define crisis management.



14.3.2    Describe the key components of effective crisis management.



14.3.3    List best practices in crisis management.



14.3.4    Describe statutory requirements affecting crisis management.



14.3.5    List and describe relevant interoperable communication processes, procedures and

systems for crisis management as outlined in the NRP and NIMS.



14.3.6    Review policies, procedures and plans affecting planning for and responding to various crisis contingencies.



14.3.7    Demonstrate knowledge of basic facility recovery principles.









Module 15:  Port Shutdown and Rapid Recovery





SOS 15.2-PD

Lesson 15.2-PD: Communicating and Reporting During Port Shutdown and Recovery

SOS 15.2


15.2-PD Support recovery efforts during shutdown.



15.2.1    Demonstrate knowledge of the port’s plan to recover from various incidents and

disruptions to operation.



15.2.2    Ensure implementation of the protocols for communicating following an incident and

requesting assistance.









Module 16. Performance Drill Design





SOS 16.1-PD

Lesson 16.1-PD: What is a Drill?

SOS 16.1


16.1-PD Demonstrate relevant background knowledge on exercises and drills.



16.1.1    Define “drill”.



16.1.2    Identify the characteristics of drill exercises.



16.1.3    Identify types of drills.



16.1.4    Discriminate between drills and other emergency preparation exercises.



16.1.5    State the statutory requirements for conducting drills and exercises.





SOS 16.2-PD

Lesson 16.2-PD: Setting up the Drill

SOS 16.2



16.2-PD Define framework for drill.



16.2.1    Define drill scope and focus.



16.2.2    Generate statement of purpose for drill.



16.2.3    Generate objectives for drill.



16.2.4    Identify participants and required assets.





SOS 16.3-PD

Lesson 16.3-PD: Drill Planning

SOS 16.3


16.3-PD Plan drill.



16.3.1    Create drill scenario and list of major events.



16.3.2    Define safety standards/procedures.



16.3.3    Define standards for demonstration of competence (expected responses).





SOS 16.4-PD

Lesson 16.4-PD: Drill Material Development

SOS 16.4


16.4-PD Create drill materials.



16.4.1    Write drill messages.



16.4.2    Create master drill events list.



16.4.3    Generate drill evaluation instrument/plan.



16.4.4    Assemble drill team materials.





SOS 16.5-PD

Lesson 16.5-PD: Conducting the Drill

SOS 16.5


16.5-PD Conduct drill.



16.5.1    Prepare drill site and logistics.



16.5.2    Prepare drill briefing.



16.5.3    Monitor and adjust conduct of drill





SOS 16.6-PD

Lesson 16.6-PD: Post-Drill Events

SOS 16.6


16.6-PD Conduct post-analysis of drill.



16.6.1    Conduct hot wash with drill participants.



16.6.2    Debrief on drill with drill team.


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33 CFR 105.215 33 CFR 105.210 33 CFR 105.210 33 CFR 105.205 33 CFR 105.200 AWR-1 PER-2 PER-4 MGT-5 AWR-6 MGT-7 MGT-8 Port Employees Security Officers Security Officer Supervisors Law Enforcement Officers Law Enforcement Supervisors First Responders Facility Security Officers Port & Facility Management

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