Police Officer

Coral Gables, Florida
Jun 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The University of Miami Police Department (UMPD) is dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment for all members of the University community who study, research, work, and live on the Coral Gables Campus.

A police officer has the primary responsibility to provide Protection of life and property to all citizens on a 24-hour basis.

Essential Duties

The following duties are normal for this position. A police officer, as assigned at the discretion of the Chief of Police, may serve as a uniformed patrol officer, detective, community police officer (e.g. “Canes Resource Officer”), a directed patrol officer, canine officer, or a problem solving team officer. A police officer has the primary responsibility to provide protective and law enforcement services on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus. In addition, a police officer has responsibilities to provide special services to the University community consistent with the mission of the University and the Police Department. The police officer position is designated as essential personnel and will continue to work during periods where the University may suspend normal operations due to events such severe weather, natural disasters and/or hazardous situations.

The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification (May do some or all of these duties based upon assignment).

Additional responsibilities:

1. Perform in a manner consistent with the University’s Culture Change, Common Propose, DIRECCT Values and service standards

2. Respond emergency calls and all calls for service

3. Preservation of public peace

4. Provide proper enforcement of state laws, county ordinances

5. Facilitate safe and efficient flow of traffic

6. Complete incident reports and other necessary paperwork

7. Conduct extensive preliminary investigations, both criminal and traffic

8. File criminal charges, testify in court, prefile conferences and depositions.

9. Arrest violators of criminal and traffic laws. Physical apprehension and/or issue a written summons requiring the arrestee to appear in court. Give testimony in court.

10. Send referrals to Student Affairs as appropriate

11. Administer first aid and/or render assistance to injured or ill persons. May transport to the University Health Center and/or local hospital. Request rescue services as required.

12. Check the security of university property, effectively patrol their assigned areas and not in a predictable manner

13. Patrol in marked police vehicles, motorcycle, on foot, or by police bicycles and may be assigned to a designated assignment.

14. Self-initiate proactive patrols and enter same in CAD system

15. Observe and report unsafe conditions and initiate corrective measures

16. Act as a police dispatcher in absence of regularly assigned dispatcher for their relief. Direct patrol officers to respond to calls for assistance; document all pertinent information in the CAD system. Maintain equipment logs and issue keys and equipment to authorized persons. Answer incoming phone calls requesting assistance and/or information.

17. Assist visitors and University employees with directions location of buildings, classes, and departments. Provide traffic and parking information.

18. Coordinate motorist assistance as appropriate, when keys are locked inside vehicle or jump starting their vehicle, or assisting with a flat tire by summoning assistance.

19. Perform administrative tasks such as delivering emergency messages, collecting lost and found items. Conduct daily safety and cleaning inspections of patrol vehicles. Delivering reports and documents to/from Coral Gables Police Department.

20. Provide escort for students, faculty, and staff as requested. Primarily conducted during hours of darkness.

21. Work special duty during University sponsored functions, athletic events, and student social activities. Duties at events include traffic control, crowd control and safety related services.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


1. Modern police methods and practices

2. Geography of the City of Coral Gables, University of Miami campus and their buildings and other relevant venues

3. Personnel must acquire and demonstrate a working knowledge of laws; County and City ordinances, rules, policies, and procedures of the City and the Department as well as the University policies and procedure and Student’s rights and responsibilities handbook.

4. Clery Act

5. Title 9

6. Have the knowledge and responsibility to balance their position to make decisions necessary for the effective execution of their duties. All personnel are fully accountable for the use or misuse of authority and/or the failure to use that authority.

7. Have computer aptitude in order to fulfill daily paperwork and CAD data input.

8. Know all aspects of police work: arrest techniques, defensive tactics, vehicle operations-normal and emergency situations.

9. Operate a motor vehicle in normal and emergency conditions.

10. Safely and appropriate use all departmental weapons and equipment.


1. Use and care of firearms and other weapons / gear

2. Skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of telephone and personal contact

3. Excellent communication skill: Written, Verbal and Oral

4. Critical thinking skills

5. Proficient in Public speaking

6. Well-developed computer skills


1. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, and the public

2. Ability to work assigned shifts in a 24/7/365 work schedule environment.

3. Aptitude to react quickly and calmly to emergency police situations

4. Capacity to prepare and maintain clear, concise and accurate reports

5. Qualified to administer first aid

6. Capability to effectively use and operate various items of office equipment; such as but not limited to a personal computer.

7. Physical strength and a working knowledge of hand-to-hand technique is required to subdue and restrain suspects

8. Cope with situations firmly, courteously, tactfully, and with respect for the rights of others

9. Be able to analyze situations quickly and objectively, and to determine proper course of action to be taken

10. Ability to detect criminal activity

11. Mediate disputes

12. Understand and carry out oral and written instructions

13. Write and speak effectively.

14. Promote a Willingness to cooperate with officials and other police officers and learn increase skill in police work.

15. Apply learned CIT aptitude when dealing with people in distress

16. Ability to assess situations and communicate to supervisory for immediate attention

Physical requirements:


1. Sedentary (10 lbs. maximum) High Degree

2. Light (20 lbs. maximum) Frequent

3. Medium (50 lbs. maximum) Frequent

4. Heavy (100 lbs. maximum) Occasional

5. Very Heavy (100 lbs. plus) Occasional

Stand Frequent

Walk Frequent

Sit Frequent

Push Frequent

Pull Frequent

Stair Climb Frequent

Climb Occasional

Balance Frequent

Bend/Kneel Frequent

Stoop/Crouch Occasional

Reach Frequent

Handle Frequent

Hand/Fingers Dexterity High Degree

Feel/Touch High Degree

Talk Frequent

Hear Frequent

Smell Frequent

Write Frequent

Near Acuity Frequent

Far Acuity Frequent

Depth Perception Frequent

Color Vision Frequent

Field of Vision Frequent

Dexterity Frequent

Supervision Given: Police officers provide general direction as required to student staff, contract security personnel; and, if in the position as an acting sergeant on the shift, supervise 3-5 police officers.

Supervision received: Reports to the assigned shift commander or command officer depending upon assignment.


Valid Florida Driver’s License Required

Must be FDLE certified in order to apply

Must have 54 college credits (or 3 years military service/law enforcement experience)

Must be a U.S. citizen

Pass a thorough background investigation


Must have 54 college credits (or 3 years military service/law enforcement experience)

Apply online Position #P00005192

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