Senior Public Safety Officer (Two (2) Full-Time Positions)

Utica, New York
$38,432 per year
Jul 02, 2017
Institution Type
Community College


Applicants must meet the requirements for an Oneida County Civil Service provisional appointment that meets the following qualifications:


(A) Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with an associate’s degree OR completion of sixty (60) semester credit hours*; OR

(B) Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma AND two (2) years of work experience,* or its part time equivalent, as a police officer, peace officer, or in military service.

*Possession of a Phase 1 Police Officer certificate from an approved Municipal Police Training Council Training Program may be substituted for thirty (30) semester credit hours required under (A) OR for one (1) year of the work experience required under (B).


1. Applicants must be twenty-one (21) years old at the time of appointment.

2. When required to operate a motor vehicle, incumbents must possess a valid New York State CDL (Commercial Driver License) or Non-CDL, including any special endorsements, as required for the type of vehicle being operated.  License must be maintained throughout required vehicle operation.

NOTE: Candidates must successfully complete an approved Municipal Police Training Council Training Program for Peace Officers as described in Section 2.30 of Criminal Procedure Law and candidates must be eligible to obtain a Firearms License pursuant to Section 400 of New York State Penal Law.  Candidates must continue to meet qualifications and re-certification requirements as prescribed by the State for Peace Officers as a condition of continued employment.


A Senior Public Safety Officer is responsible for implementing and maintaining a campus public safety/security program to provide for the protection and safety of persons and property on the campuses of Mohawk Valley Community College. The incumbents are responsible for public safety, traffic and property access control, fire and crime prevention and investigation, documentation and reporting of all incidents and relevant conclusions.

The Senior Public Safety Officer enforces the laws of the State of New York by virtue of the designation of Peace Officer by the Mohawk Valley Community College Board of Trustees and may be authorized by the Mohawk Valley Community College President to possess and carry a firearm as part of on duty employment. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Executive Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management or another designated, higher-level supervisor with considerable latitude allowed for the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out assignments. Work may also be assigned to the incumbents by the Executive Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management or designated supervisor. The incumbents perform related work as required.

Responsibilities of a Senior Public Safety Officer also include, but are not limited to, the following:

Implements and maintains established security plans, policies and procedures for the provision of a safe, secure campus environment and the protection of persons and property;

Patrols buildings, grounds and parking areas on foot or in a patrol vehicle to maintain order, protect persons and property, control traffic, provide first aid and to prevent trespassing, theft or damage;

Acts as a liaison between the College, law enforcement, and firefighting agencies to establish and maintain an effective system of crime and fire prevention and to insure an accurate, expedient reporting system;

Investigates, documents and makes follow-up reports and recommendations of all incidents reported or assigned to the Senior Public Safety Officer and implements recommendations as directed;

Monitors the effective operation of security and fire alarm and energy management systems to assure full operational condition and reports on and takes corrective action necessary to rectify any operational deficiencies or defects;

Assists in fire alarm practices, evacuations and emergency operations activities;

Maintains campus incident and crime and safety records and develops related reports for the College, state university system and federal, state and local governments as required;

Works with campus groups and employees on such programs as self-protection, escort services, student patrols and the prevention of crime on campuses;

Identifies problem areas and suggests changes in lighting, shrubbery or concealed areas;

Is responsible for the security of campus buildings and facilities when not in use, secures and checks all doors, windows and entrances to building to be sure that they are secure;

Assures that all doors and entrances are unlocked for daily activities and classes;

Controls and directs traffic on campus or campus related roads, grounds and parking areas and issues parking violation tickets;

Investigates motor vehicle accidents that occur on campus or campus related property;

Provides assistance to motorists with lock-outs, dead batteries and other vehicular problems;

Gives directions and information to students and visitors;

Keeps order at public gatherings and special campus events;

Coordinates with Student Affairs to enforce College’s student conduct and disciplinary procedures;

Contacts snow removal contractor/grounds crew when necessary;

Works closely with outside law enforcement agencies to coordinate investigative activities that lead off campus or may come on to campus;

Operates a motor vehicle on and off campus to extension sites and governmental agencies to carry out essential job functions;

Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

The successful candidates will be required to complete the Oneida County Civil Service Application for approval. Official academic transcripts and proof of certification are required at the time of hire. MVCC does not discriminate. MVCC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. MVCC offers a comprehensive employee enrichment program.

Review Start Date: 7/10/2017

Review of applications will begin on the review start date and will continue until successful candidates have been identified.