Nuclear Security Police Officers SPO Protective Force Duties



NUCLEAR SECURITY POLICE OFFICERS. Security Officers may be used to augment Nuclear Security Police Officers and/or to perform such duties as access control, facility patrol, escort, and assessment and reporting of alarms. Each Security Officer shall be required to possess the skills necessary to perform assigned duties. Security Officers shall demonstrate familiarity and knowledge of the responsibilities identified in job analyses, and proficiency in the skills and abilities necessary to perform those jobs, including but not limited to:


a. Knowledge of the assigned site and routine patrol duty requirements, and ability to perform assigned duties; e.g., conducting physical checks of repositories containing classified matter; checking buildings and rooms to ensure that all classified matter is secure; and noting and reporting indications of suspicious activity.


b. Operation of vehicles, as required by duty assignment


c. Operation of communication equipment reasonably expected to be employed within their duty assignment, including proficiency in the use of accepted communication terminology, acronyms, and phonetics, and the methods for verifying operator identity of incoming signals and signaling duress.


b. Operation of vehicles, as required by duty assignment.


c. Operation of communication equipment reasonably expected to be employed within their duty assignment, including proficiency in the use of accepted communication terminology, acronyms, and phonetics, and the methods for verifying operator identity of incoming signals and signaling duress.


d. Knowledge of Departmental and site policies and procedures governing the Security Officer's role in site protection.


e. Knowledge of any Federal- and State-granted authority applicable to assigned activities, and relative responsibilities between the protective force and outside law enforcement agencies.


f. Knowledge of post or patrol operations including, as appropriate:


(1) Access control systems, procedures, and operation including visitor and employee credentials, badges, passes, and visitor logging procedures.


(2) Prohibited article detection, including the operation of personnel, vehicle, and package screening devices employed at duty posts.


(3) Inspection techniques for persons, packages, and vehicles.


(4) Badging and escort responsibilities including the requirements for and ability to perform as escorts.


(5) Ability to implement plans and procedures to protect the site during disruptive events; e.g., fire, industrial disorders, and civil disturbances.


(6) Familiarity and recognition of various types of classified or sensitive matter being protected, including the normal location, routine uses, and movements of the material at the duty post.


(7) Response to alarm annunciations and reporting of observations.


(8) Incident reporting.


(9) Methods of weaponless self-defense, as applicable to the assigned position.




2. SECURITY POLICE OFFICERS.


10 CFR 1047 and 1049 delineate Nuclear Security Police Officer responsibility to enforce specified laws regarding property of the United States and provisions of the Atomic Energy Act that may subject an offender to a fine or imprisonment or both. Security Police Officers shall be required to possess the individual and team skills necessary to protect Departmental security interests from theft, sabotage, and other hostile acts that may cause adverse impacts on national security, the health and safety of Departmental and contractor employees, the public, or the environment.


a. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. The requirements for each Security Police Officer to demonstrate familiarity and knowledge of the responsibilities identified in the applicable job analysis and proficiency in the skills and abilities necessary to perform these job tasks include, but are not limited to, those identified for Security Officers in paragraph 1 and:


(1) Knowledge and proficiency in the use and care of all weapons as required by duty assignment.


(2) Knowledge of and the ability to apply Departmental and site policies and procedures governing the Security Police Officer's role in site protection.


(3) Knowledge of and the ability to apply Department of Energy policy on the use of deadly force and limited arrest authority as set forth in 10 CFR 1047 or 1049, as appropriate, and the fresh pursuit guidelines contained in Attachment II-1.


(4) Knowledge and proficiency in post and patrol operations including, as applicable: (a) Requirements for, and ability to perform as escorts for, sensitive materials such as weapons, classified matter, and special nuclear material. (b) Response to and assessment and resolution of alarm annunciations and other indications of intrusion. (c) Methods of self-defense, arrest, and detention. (d) Basic procedures and elements of investigations, including recognition and preservation of evidence and the directives governing search and seizure operations, in addition to the limitations of authority for a Security Police Officer to conduct investigations. (e) Basic tactics necessary to engage and neutralize armed adversaries and familiarity with the probable nature of expected adversaries, the arms and equipment the adversaries are likely to possess, and other likely characteristics of importance to the engagement as defined in the Design Basis Threat Policy and any locally originated threat guidance.



Nuclear Security Police Officer Levels.


Security Police Officers are categorized according to a three-level system for tailoring training requirements to assigned duties. These levels are identified as Security Police Officer I, II, and III. Job analyses for duty assignments shall be completed and shall be approved by the local cognizant Departmental authority for safeguards and security to determine the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties of each Security Police Officer job assignment. The following is a general description of the division of duties among the Security Police Officer levels.


(1) Security Police Officer I (SPO-I).


(a) Assignments: Fixed post; no external response requirement - This may include access control points, central alarm station operation if an armed individual is required, and towers or other fixed monitoring/ surveillance positions.


(b) Qualifications: Department of Energy standardized SPO I training and site specific training as identified by the site-specific job analysis. Defensive combative physical fitness standard as identified in 10 CFR 1046.


(2) Security Police Officer II (SPO-II).


(a) Assignments: Response positions that may include situation response, assessment and containment, and patrol duties. Special assignments may include law enforcement, helicopter operations, canine handler, and vehicle patrols.


(b) Qualifications: Department of Energy standardized SPO-I and SPO-II training, and site-specific training as identified by the site-specific job analysis. Offensive or defensive physical fitness standard, as identified in 10 CFR 1046, shall be determined by the site-specific job analysis for the individual duty assignment.


(3) Security Police Officer III (SPO-III).


(a) Assignments: Special Response Team positions that may include crisis entry, hostage rescue, and other team tactical solutions to adversary activities. (b) Qualifications: Department of Energy standardized SPO-I and SPO-III training, and site-specific training as identified by the site-specific job analysis. Offensive combative physical fitness standards as identified in 10 CFR 1046.


3. SPO-III DUTIES. Each SPO-III must possess the individual skills necessary to meet the program requirements of this chapter. The skills and knowledge required for an SPO-III to perform these duties include, but are not limited to: a. Ability to act successfully as a member of an aggressive and timely mobile response team as dictated by site-specific vulnerability assessments, using force options and team techniques necessary for interdiction, interruption, neutralization, and recapture operations directed against an adversary. b. Ability to qualify with site-approved weapons, techniques, and equipment, which may be necessary either to protect the site or to effectively engage and neutralize an adversary. Techniques used may include, but are not limited to, rappelling and tactical entry.


4. SPO-III SELECTION CRITERIA. Security Police Officers may be assigned to or may volunteer for Special Response Team duties; however, each individual must also meet selection criteria in order to be assigned as a Special Response Team member. Team members may be required to meet more or higher qualification standards than required by an SPO-I or SPO-II. Such standards shall be in writing and shall be approved by the cognizant local. Departmental authority for safeguards and security. Before being assigned to a team, Security Police Officers shall meet the following minimum standards:


a. Be trained and qualified as an SPO-I.


b. Be formally evaluated by site protective force management as having the potential to successfully accomplish SPO-III duties and missions.


c. Be capable of performing the duties and completing the training requirements as specified in paragraph 3 above and page IV-3, paragraph 4.


d. Be capable of maintaining the Offensive Combative Physical Fitness Standard as specified in 10 CFR 1046.



5. SPECIAL SKILLS.


a. General. Protective force operations may require individuals with additional special skills, such as pilots, communications and alarm station operators, canine handlers, and crisis negotiators. The scope of such duties will be locally determined based on site-specific needs. Personnel assigned to such duties shall be required to be proficient in their performance.


b. Crisis Negotiation Team. Each crisis negotiator shall have successfully completed a Central Training Academy or other Department-approved crisis negotiation training. Negotiation teams should be integrated into Special Response Team exercises semiannually. Members of Crisis Negotiation Teams shall be familiar. with protective force, including Special Response Team, tactics and operations, but do not need to be Security Police Officer-trained and certified.


6. SUPERVISORS. Each protective force supervisor shall possess the skills necessary to effectively direct the actions of assigned personnel to protect Departmental safeguards and security interests. Line supervisors of Security Police Officers shall be trained and qualified as Security Police Officers. Each supervisor shall demonstrate familiarity and knowledge of the responsibilities identified in the applicable job analysis, and proficiency in the skills and abilities necessary to perform those jobs. These include, but are not limited to:


a. Knowledge of the duties and qualifications of supervised personnel. b. Familiarity with the basic operating functions of facilities for which the supervisor has protection responsibilities. c. Ability to ensure that subordinates and their equipment are ready for duty.



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