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Hillsborough County Government

Port Security Sergeant (#PTSSGTTPAK) TPAK
$17.05-$30.48 Hourly / $2,955.33-$5,283.20 Monthly / $35,464.00-$63,398.40 Yearly


Performs supervisory armed security and traffic control duties at the Tampa Port Authority's public docks, waterways and peripheral areas.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
Three or more years of experience as a security guard, security officer, law enforcement officer or detention officer; and
Possession of a valid State of Florida Class D (Security Officer) License; and
Class G (Statewide Firearm License); and
Possession of a valid Driver's License.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted below.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Considerable knowledge of the laws, regulations and ordinances governing port facilities, foreign and domestic ships, crews; and cargo involved in interstate and foreign commerce.
  • Working knowledge of the laws related to the use of firearms.
  • Working knowledge of law enforcement guidelines and investigative techniques.
  • Working knowledge of Civil Service Rules.
  • Skill in the use and care of firearms and related equipment.
  • Ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instruction.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to enforce rules, regulations and ordinances tactfully, firmly and impartially.
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to disseminate emergency information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in a subtropical climate, adverse weather and hazardous conditions.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • Supervises subordinate staff by scheduling, assigning and reviewing work, providing training and counseling and evaluating performance.
  • Performs armed security patrols, on foot or by radio equipped land vehicle to enforce rules, laws, regulations and ordinances pertaining to the security and integrity of port facilities and peripheral areas.
  • Checks and secures buildings, gates, doors and windows in accordance with security directives and procedures.
  • Investigates and determines responsibility for incidents involving damage, personal injury, vehicle accidents, thefts, trespassing and any other violations involving port property and facilities.
  • Prepares reports, logs and other correspondence in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and directives to document circumstances and activities.
  • Detains individuals suspected of committing violations within the Port Authority's area of responsibility and notifies the appropriate law enforcement agency.
  • Testifies in court to provide an accurate account of investigation findings and incidents.
  • Performs traffic control duties at accident locations and at traffic control points within port boundaries.
  • Renders First Aid or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as needed.
  • Provides information and assistance to the public concerning port operations.
  • Checks the licensing of vendors, agents, merchants, drivers and other parties calling on a ship to ensure they are properly licensed.
  • Maintains patrol vehicle, assigned weapon and related equipment to ensure operational readiness.
  • Performs other related duties as required. 

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.