Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification




Pay Grade
Job Summary

Under moderate supervision, monitors transit areas, conducts fare inspections, and provides customer service to ensure the safety of Metro patrons and employees, as well as protecting Metro infrastructure. This is an armed non-sworn classification.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provides customer service to Metro patrons

  • Protects Metro patrons, employees, infrastructure, revenues and other assets

  • Patrols, monitors, and safeguards Metro infrastructure at regularly scheduled intervals

  • Ensures adherence to Metro’s Customer Code of Conduct

  • Ensures safety of Metro employees

  • Works with local law enforcement and other government agencies

  • Assists law enforcement and effect an arrest as needed

  • Observes and reports on security and safety problems or incidents

  • Escorts vault truck drivers during Revenue pick-up from various Metro locations and divisions

  • Monitors the handling of Metro revenue at Cash Counting Facility and Metro Ticket Offices

  • Writes reports regarding incidents of suspicious activity and vandalism occurring on Metro property

  • Keeps written log of daily activities

  • May perform security operations duties as necessary in the Security Operations Center (SOC)

  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out

May be required to perform other related job duties

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of (defined as a learned body of information that is required for and applied in the performance of job tasks)

  • Self-defense techniques

  • Basic recordkeeping

  • De-escalation techniques

  • Safety precautions and procedures

  •  Laws of arrest, search seizure and use of force

  • Dispatching protocols

  • Vehicle operations and safety policies and practices

  • Metro transit system


Skill in (defined as the proficient manual, verbal, or mental utilization of data, people, or things)

  • Exercising sound judgment in handling unruly patrons and emergency situations, repelling physical attack, and restraining unlawful intruders

  • Observing and reporting

  • Communicating effectively with others


Ability to (defined as a present competence to perform an observable behavior or produce an observable result)

  • Interface with the public in a professional manner

  • Operate a handheld telecommunication device

  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions and procedures

  • Write accurate reports of incidents

  • Handle firearms in a safe and proper manner

  • Maintain basic records

  • Utilize applicable business and security software applications

  • Read, write, speak, and understand English

  • Respond quickly to emergency situations

  • Assist during evacuation procedures

  • Move objects up to 130 lbs. for 10 yards

Minimum Qualifications

A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position.  Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a year-for-year basis.  A typical combination includes:


  • High School Diploma or G.E.D. Certificate


  • None Required: One year of relevant security or law enforcement experience preferred

Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements

  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • Valid California Class C Driver License

  • Must be able to obtain a California Guard Card issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs within six months of hire

  • Must be able to obtain a Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) Baton Permit within six months of hire date

  • Must be able to obtain a valid Firearm Permit issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs within six months of hire.

  • Must qualify with and carry a firearm while on duty

  • Must pass enhanced background investigation, psychological evaluation, and medical examination.  Internal promotions from TSO I only need to pass an updated background investigation

  • Elements of this position require access to sensitive security information (SSI)

  • Uncorrected vision: no more than 20/70 in both eyes

  • Must have normal color vision

  • Must comply with all California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) regulations and utilize approved safety equipment and personal protective gear including, but not limited to, respirators, eye and hearing protective devices (HPD), if and when required

  • Positions in this classification are considered safety sensitive and subject to drug and alcohol testing, including random testing, under Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Special Conditions

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Metro provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions

  • Close exposure to computer monitors and video screen

  • High dust, dirt, and/or grease environment

  • High noise environment

  • Work with regular exposure to odors or fumes

  • Use protective devices and personal protective gear

  • Work on elevated surfaces or below ground level at different locations

  • Work in awkward or confining/enclosed spaces at different locations

  • Work in darkness or with poor lighting

  • Exposure to moving machinery and/or vehicles

  • Exposure to radiant or electrical energy (e.g., ionizing radiation, overhead catenary or contact rail power distribution, etc.)

  • Exposure to outdoor weather including extreme heat, cold, dampness and/or humidity

  • Exposure to bodily fluids and waste

  • Exposure to explosives and/or highly flammable materials

  • Exposure to infectious material/diseases

  • Exposure to physical and verbal abuse by clients/customers and/or general public

  • Exposure to hostile and armed criminal suspects

  • Work after designated regular hours in case of special assignments or emergencies

  • Work irregular hours, split shifts, weekends, holidays, or 24-hour-a-day on-call assignments


Physical Effort Required

  • Operate and communicate with a telephone or other telecommunications devices and communicate through the medium

  • Standing

  • Walking (distance 5’ to 100’)

  • Heavy lifting or carrying 51lbs. or more with assistance

  • Climbing (e.g., ladders, scaffolds, stairs, poles, into vehicles, trains, platforms, etc.)

  • Good distance vision and/or depth perception to judge distances

  • Color recognition (e.g., distinguishing wires, resistors, containers, light signals, etc.)



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This job specification is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.