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Administration of Justice: Transportation Security Screeners (SOC CODE: 33-9093.00)

Job Description Overview

Conduct screening of passengers, baggage, or cargo to ensure compliance with Transportation Security Administration TSA regulations. May operate basic security equipment such as x-ray machines and hand wands at screening checkpoints.

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  • Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
  • Sales Agents, Securities and Commodities
  • Securities and Commodities Traders

Sample Job Duties

  • Inspect carry-on items, using x-ray viewing equipment, to determine whether items contain objects that warrant further investigation.
  • Search carry-on or checked baggage by hand when it is suspected to contain prohibited items such as weapons.
  • View images of checked bags and cargo, using remote screening equipment, and alert baggage screeners or handlers to any possible problems.
  • Check passengers' tickets to ensure that they are valid, and to determine whether passengers have designations that require special handling, such as providing photo identification.
  • Test baggage for any explosive materials, using equipment such as explosive detection machines or chemical swab systems.
  • Perform pat-down or hand-held wand searches of passengers who have triggered machine alarms, who are unable to pass through metal detectors, or who have been randomly identified for such searches.
  • Notify supervisors or other appropriate personnel when security breaches occur.
  • Send checked baggage through automated screening machines, and set bags aside for searching or rescreening as indicated by equipment.
  • Decide whether baggage that triggers alarms should be searched or should be allowed to pass through.
  • Locate suspicious bags pictured in printouts sent from remote monitoring areas, and set these bags aside for inspection.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Administration of Justice Certificate

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate T0406

      The Certificate in Administration of Justice program is intended to prepare students for entry-level employment following graduation.
      The courses emphasize the modern role of law enforcement and corrections within the criminal justice systems. Written and oral communication skills are a consistent focus. Entry-level employment opportunities available after completion of this program may include law enforcement as peace officers, corrections officers, custodial officers, non-sworn security and investigations, other non-sworn positions in law enforcement and public service.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      ADJU 1The Administration of Justice System3
      ADJU 2Principles and Procedures of the Justice System3
      ADJU 3Concepts of Criminal Law3
      ADJU 4Legal Aspects of Evidence3
      ADJU 5Community Relations3
      ADJU 68Administration of Justice Report Writing3
      Choose four from the following:12
      ADJU 6
      Concepts of Enforcement Services
      ADJU 9
      Introduction to Homeland Security
      ADJU 10
      Introduction to Correctional Sciences
      ADJU 13
      Concepts of Traffic Services
      ADJU 20
      Principles of Investigation
      ADJU 38
      Narcotics Investigation
      ADJU 59
      Gangs and Corrections
      ADJU 74
      Vice Control
      ADJU 50
      Introduction to Forensics for Criminal Justice
      Total Units30
       
       
    • Administration of Justice: AS Degree

      Technology and Health Division
      S0404

      The A.S. Degree in Administration of Justice program is intended to prepare students for entry-level employment following graduation. Students desiring a bachelor’s degree (transfer program) should consult with a counselor or adviser to discuss transfer of courses.
      The courses emphasize the modern role of law enforcement and corrections within the criminal justice systems. Written and oral communication skills are a consistent focus. Entry-level employment opportunities available after completion of this program may include law enforcement as peace officers, corrections officers, custodial officers, non-sworn security and investigations, other non-sworn positions in law enforcement and public service.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      ADJU 1The Administration of Justice System3
      ADJU 2Principles and Procedures of the Justice System3
      ADJU 3Concepts of Criminal Law3
      ADJU 4Legal Aspects of Evidence3
      ADJU 5Community Relations3
      ADJU 68Administration of Justice Report Writing3
      Choose four from the following:12
      ADJU 6
      Concepts of Enforcement Services
      ADJU 10
      Introduction to Correctional Sciences
      ADJU 13
      Concepts of Traffic Services
      ADJU 20
      Principles of Investigation
      ADJU 38
      Narcotics Investigation
      ADJU 59
      Gangs and Corrections
      ADJU 74
      Vice Control
      SOC 1
      Introduction to Sociology
      or SOC 1H
      Introduction to Sociology - Honors
      SOC 5
      Introduction to Criminology
      or SOC 5H
      Introduction to Criminology - Honors
      Total Units30

      Administration of Justice Website

    • Administration of Justice: AS-T

      Technology and Health Division
      Degree S0362

      The Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer provides a broad base of education in the discipline. Students will acquire the ability to identify and apply legal precedents in field work, be prepared to understand the use of criminal codes in the investigation and documentation of crime, and become familiarized with the social factors that involve police interaction within the community. The degree will support students interested in branching out into undergraduate studies in the social sciences.

      To earn an associate degree for transfer, a student must complete 60 units that are eligible for transfer to CSU that consist of: IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of at least 18 units. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Core Courses
      ADJU 1The Administration of Justice System3
      ADJU 3Concepts of Criminal Law3
      List A
      Choose two from the following:6
      ADJU 2
      Principles and Procedures of the Justice System
      ADJU 4
      Legal Aspects of Evidence
      ADJU 5
      Community Relations
      ADJU 20
      Principles of Investigation
      ADJU 50
      Introduction to Forensics for Criminal Justice
      List B
      Choose two from the following:6
      MATH 110
      Elementary Statistics
      or MATH 110H
      Elementary Statistics - Honors
      PSYC 1A
      Introduction to Psychology
      or PSYC 1AH
      Introduction to Psychology - Honors
      SOC 1
      Introduction to Sociology
      or SOC 1H
      Introduction to Sociology - Honors
      Total Units for Major18
      CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 139-42
      Total Units60

      Additional Notations

      In addition to List C, any CSU transferable Administration of Justice lower division course or courses outside the Administration of Justice discipline that are articulated as lower division major preparation for the Criminal Justice or Criminology Major at any CSU.

      Administration of Justice Website

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