Division of Finance and Business Affairs
Position Title: Police Officer (Experienced)– Public Safety
Department: Public Safety
FLSA Category: Non-Exempt
- Reports to: Director of Public Safety
- Works Closely with: Student Affairs Staff; Director of Facilities; Faculty; Athletics; Admissions; regional and local law enforcement, fire department; and EMS
- Directly Supervises: Public Safety Security Officers and Dispatchers
Job Summary: This position serves as a law enforcement officer for the University and also supervises non-sworn Public Safety employees.
This position has been designated as an “Essential” Employee under the Emergency Preparedness Plan in order to ensure that University operations continue uninterrupted during periods of public health or other emergencies, including those that require
- Commitment to the discovery of knowledge
- Civil debate
- Passion and enthusiasm
- Dignity and respect for individuals
- A diverse and inclusive community
- Integrity and responsibility
- Advancement of the greater good
1. Provide Security and Law Enforcement Service to the University:
a. Day-to-day law enforcement and security operations including but not limited to:
- Establish positive, professional relationships with students and other community members
- Directed foot patrols with a community-oriented focus
- Vehicle patrols of campus area
- Investigation and enforcement of violations of state law, local ordinance, or University regulations
- Thorough documentation (report writing) of investigative and enforcement activities
- Supervise and train non-sworn Public Safety staff
- Establish positive professional relationships with students and other community members
- Security staffing of special events and programs
- Life safety checks of campus buildings and systems
- Securing and un-securing of campus buildings and classrooms
- Enforcement of University rules and regulations
- Maintain secure control of lost and found or evidentiary items
- Act as a first responder in crisis situations, including medical emergencies
- Respond and check fire, burglar, and duress alarms on campus property
- Provide safety escorts to campus community members as needed
- Relieve officers assigned as dispatchers as needed
2. Personally perform security/law enforcement operations for major campus events including but not limited to:
a. Football games
b. Men and women’s basketball games
c. Commencement, both winter and spring
d. Large or high profile Kirkland Fine Arts Center events
e. National, State, or conference level sporting events
1. Conduct major case investigations.
2. Assist with case management.
3. Conduct fire drills.
4. Maintain strong liaison with local law enforcement.
5. Instruct campus community on crime prevention and safety.
6. Consult with various campus constituencies on crime and safety matters.
7. Assist HR in employee termination matters.
8. Participate in campus or community emergency preparedness drills.
9. Other duties as assigned.
Other duties in support of the Mission:
1. Conduct or assist in campus tours.
2. Make safety presentations at campus events.
Minimum Position Qualifications:
- Education: High School Diploma or GED, Associates Degree or higher preferred
- Experience: 2+ years as a sworn law enforcement officer with a law enforcement department (s). Prefer experience in a higher education environment. Experience as a Field Training Officer and/or a School Resource Officer is also preferred.
- Required certifications/licenses: Certified Law Enforcement Officer (Illinois) or ILETSB waiver eligible equivalent; Valid Driver’s License
- Preferred (not required) certification: Field Training Officer, School Resource Officer
- Specialized Knowledge and Skills: Hazardous materials awareness; First Aid/CPR/AED; criminal/civil/regulatory investigations; strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills; ability to organize; problem solving; attention to detail; time management; work prioritization to meet deadlines; ability to adapt and adjust sometimes on short notice; mental toughness to perform and lead during crisis.
- Live within 1 hour travel time of campus, within 6 months of appointment.
- Dexterity to operate a portable radio, keyboard, computer and other office and law enforcement equipment.
- Physical condition sufficient to perform necessary law enforcement related duties
- Position will require annual passage of physical fitness standard test
- Occasionally lifting 50+ lbs.
- Intermittently sitting/walking/standing/stooping/climbing multiple flights of stairs and access ladders
- Using tools requiring high dexterity
- Hearing and visual acuity within normal range
- Typical working conditions found in most administrative work areas
- Light industrial, and law enforcement related field conditions
- Scheduling flexibility is required to accommodate changing business needs.
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