Peace Officer - Staff Pool
Houston Community College (HCC) is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering a high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career development and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society. We're proud to say that 98 percent of our graduates step into a job in their field of study immediately upon graduation. One of the largest community colleges in the nation, HCC has served the Greater Houston area for over four decades. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Schools Commission on Colleges, we offer 300+ associate degree and certificate programs to 75,000+ students across 13 Centers of Excellence and online each semester. We are proud to be No.1 among all community colleges in the nation in providing associate degrees to minorities and No.1 in educating international students, with 10.4 percent of our student population from outside the USA. Our vision is to become the Employer of Choice in support of our mission for Student Success by attracting, retaining and motivating the best employees.
Play a central role at HCC as you keep our everyday operations running like clockwork. You'll get the chance to make things happen and work closely with inspiring leaders across different parts of the institution. Whether your role is supportive, administrative, financial or something else, you'll be part of a dynamic team that not only provides HCC students with cutting-edge academic and career tools, it also takes care of its people.
We are currently seeking a Peace Officer who will advance the institution's proud tradition of excellence in academics, student life and community service.
You: You want to "protect and serve" so our communities can thrive and people can be free to exercise their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Your mission: We'll count on you to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors so we can continue to offer the education and training that will enable our graduates to obtain the careers of their dreams.
A typical day: You may spend the morning patrolling HCC buildings and parking areas, investigating any suspicious situation or individual, checking doors and windows. You may respond to a call or complaint, which you'll check out, resolve and report on. You may need to spend an hour directing traffic around the parking areas during a particularly busy time.
In the afternoon, you might give a talk on crime prevention to students, faculty and staff. On your way back, you may observe a student collapse on campus and you would call for an ambulance and assist the medical personnel in any way you could. Finally, you might travel to court to serve as a witness in a case involving an incident that occurred on campus.
Next steps: If you always have the student experience in the forefront of your planning and execution, if you're a collaborator, an innovator and a person who gets things done, apply today!
Houston is a city with limitless possibilities:
• Fourth-largest city in the U.S. and home to 54 Fortune 500 companies, second only to New York City's 55.
• 145 languages are spoken here.
• Overall after-taxes living costs are 5.6 percent below the average for all 308 urban areas recently surveyed.
• Houston is a major-league sports town, and don't forget the annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
• The weather is great! Mild winters ensure that outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round.
• World-renowned medical care. The Houston metro area has long been known for its first-rate health care system, with many Houston area hospitals consistently ranking among the nation's top institutions.
• With over 150 museums and cultural institutions in the Greater Houston area, museums are a large part of Houston's cultural scene.
• Houston is the Culture & Culinary Capital of Texas with more than 7,500 restaurants and eating establishments covering 60+ cuisines.
If this sounds like the role for you and you're ready to join an amazing team, please apply right away.
Houston Community College does not discriminate on the bases of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran's status. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
David Cross, Director EEO/Compliance, Title IX Coordinator
Office of Institutional Equity
PO Box 667517
Houston TX, 77266
713 718.8271 or Institutional.Equity@hccs.edu
HCC values its employees and their contributions, promotes opportunities for their professional growth and development, and provides a positive working and learning environment that encourages diversity, innovation and creativity, and inclusion.
Individuals with disabilities, who require special accommodations to interview, should contact (713) 718-8565.
Ensure the safety of all students, faculty, staff and visitors and provide security for all campus facilities and college property. Respond to and address emergency situations when required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Patrol an assigned area by foot, bicycle or vehicle to enforce city, state, and federal laws; investigate suspicious activities, individuals or conditions; and respond to calls for assistance or protection;
- Pursue a fleeing subject on foot through unfamiliar and varied terrain or buildings during both day and night by running, jogging, climbing over and/or through obstacles;
- Subdue a resisting or violent subject by physical contact or use of appropriate weapons and tools;
- Forcibly, and sometimes against strong resistance, apply handcuffs and other restraints while in various body positions;
- Safely operate a police vehicle in all types of traffic, weather, lighting conditions and, when necessary, above posted speed limits;
- Arrest or control a subject after a lengthy pursuit and/or physical struggle;
- Approach a subject of illegal activity and if necessary, pursue, wrestle, or fight with a subject in order to apprehend, detain, or control subject for the purpose of making an arrest or maintaining law and order;
- Physically remove a subject from a vehicle or building and place in a patrol vehicle by securely grasping or holding subject, dragging, lifting, and/or carrying subject;
- Enter and exit vehicles quickly to perform rescue, arrest, or emergency operations;
- Determine type and amount of appropriate force to use to apprehend subject;
- Operate standard weapons (handgun, shotgun, baton, chemical agent or other departmental provided weapon) to enforce law, detain a subject, or protect the life of self or others in situations that justify the use of force or deadly force;
- Assist or rescue individuals in need of aid or protection as a result of an accident or a crime;
- Conduct searches of buildings, vehicles, outdoor areas, persons, and other objects using vision, touch, hearing, and smell to find or detect potential weapons, contraband evidence, hazards, and stolen property or to find lost persons or objects for the purpose of seizing, investigating and/or rescue;
- Investigate and control the scene of a traffic accident to determine cause, and protect life and property;
- Control and direct traffic in situations requiring human intervention such as accidents, traffic signal failure, unusually heavy traffic conditions, or adverse weather conditions to ensure the public safety of individuals and property;
- Enforce traffic laws and regulations by issuing citations or warnings to individuals who commit violations or offenses;
- Provide testimony and protect the rights, property, and valuables of others in a truthful and honest manner without abusing the authority or integrity of the position;
- Gather information in criminal investigations to document facts and evidence. Prepare accurate and detailed reports by searching the scene and by interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects;
- Communicate orally and manually using radio, telephone, and Mobile Data Computers to give and obtain information, directions, instructions, and/or commands in order to provide assistance, build community rapport, protect the public, and make arrests;
- Interact with a variety of people functioning in various emotional states to manage interpersonal conflicts, develop community relations, resolve or stop criminal activity, obtain or give information, issue citations, counsel and give aid, or maintain order and provide service;
- Enter into dangerous situations and confront hazards in a logical and mature manner;
- Monitor and report any irregularities, such as fire hazards, safety hazards, and security deficiencies;
- Guard against theft of college property;
- Assist medical personnel as needed;
- Transport and book arrested persons;
- Complete crime prevention surveys at his/her assigned campus;
- Conduct crime prevention programs for students, faculty and staff;
- Work closely with college administration to resolve conflicts between students;
- Conduct preliminary criminal investigations and submit reports; and
- Conduct accident and injury investigations and submit reports.
The qualifications listed below are representative of the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. Candidate must pass an in depth background investigation, perform the functions as described, have no integrity issues that could harm his/her credibility related to testifying in court.
The following physical activities have been linked to the essential job functions of a police officer:
b. Lifting and Carrying
c. Moving Non-Resisters
d. Controlling Resisters
e. Wrestling/Physical Struggles
f. Dragging and Pulling
l. Riding a bicycle
Minimum of high school diploma or GED required, Associates Degree preferred. Must have successfully completed and provide documentation of passing the TCLEOSE Peace Officer Licensing Exam (minimum 70%) or produce a valid TCOLE Peace Officer license (i.e. Pocket Card or Certification document).
EXPERIENCE Two (2) years police experience with Honorable F5 separations from all previous agencies. In lieu of experience, the candidate must meet one of the following two requirements:
- Twelve (12) earned hours of college credits from an accredited institution or
- Honorable Discharge from the military
- Must be able to lift and move 50 lbs. without assistance
- Must be able to enter and exit department vehicles quickly and without assistance
- Must be able to run 100 yards without stopping and be functional upon completion
- Must be able to perform all the essential duties listed without assistance
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Employees in this position will be scheduled to work rotating shifts in a 24/7 environment. Employees will be expected to work holidays, nights and/or weekends to meet staffing and scheduling requirements;
- Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing with a diverse population;
- Knowledge of federal, state and local laws;
- Ability to mediate conflicts and demonstrate professional behavior in highly stressful situations;
- Remain calm, composed, undistracted, and in full control of cognitive abilities while functioning appropriately in hostile, dangerous, or frightening situations that may require use of deadly force;
- Maintain rational decision-making and self-control in situations or environments that are personally offensive (cases of child abuse, child molestation, sexual assault, extreme trauma or death, etc.) or which involve considerable stress, danger, personal risk, violence, hostility, or the use of force; and
- Maintain composure and exercise restraint when verbally or physically provoked in hostile or violent environments.
Per HCC Policy C: 4.7 Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace, a drug and/or alcohol test is required if a conditional job offer is made.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.
This job description may be revised upon development of other duties and changes in responsibilities.