Police Officer (Aug 2017)

Palatine IL
Aug 31, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Schedule Information: Field Training on day / evening / midnight shifts. Upon successful completion of Field Training, assigned to permanent midnight shift.

Hours Per Week: 40 hours      11:00 pm - 7:00 am

Benefits: Health, Dental, Life & Disability Insurance; Sick, Vacation, and Holiday pay; Personal Business; Educational Assistance: Tuition Waivers at Harper & Professional Expense  

Duties of Position:

Police Officers duties include responsibility for the protection and well being of the students, visitors, staff and facilities of William Rainey Harper College.

Characteristic Duties:

Responsible for the protection of life and property, the prevention of crimes, the preservation of peace, enforcement of all laws and ordinances, the arrest and prosecution of violators, and other duties as assigned. In accomplishing these tasks the Police Officer may:

  1. Patrol campus by motor vehicle, bicycle, or on foot to prevent, discover, and deter the commission of crime; to enforce criminal and traffic laws, college rules and regulations; and to check the security of buildings, functioning of outdoor lighting and traffic signals, and road conditions.
  2. Monitors and directs vehicular and pedestrian traffic as required.
  3. Responds to calls for a variety of services including investigation of alarms, animal control, assistance to motorists, building maintenance problems, domestic problems, thefts, and other acts against persons or property.
  4. Observes, investigates and reports unusual conditions bearing on the safety and/or security of the College community.
  5. Observes college activities and inspects college properties for unsafe conditions that could lead to injury.
  6. Takes necessary action to correct unsafe practices or conditions and reports all potential safety hazards.
  7. Recommends safety and security procedures for specific problem areas of the College.
  8. Investigates, reports, and records traffic violations and accidents by interviewing witnesses, measuring distances, sketching diagrams, taking photographs and conducting field sobriety tests to determine cause and fault.
  9. Investigates harm, damage or threats of potential harm or damage to persons or property by interviewing witnesses and conducting visual or audio surveillance or searches; detects and collects evidence.
  10. Prepares results of investigations for referral and/or prosecution.
  11. Refers appropriate “Student Conduct Code” violators to the attention of the College’s student judicial officer.
  12. Processes arrestees by taking photographs, obtaining fingerprints, and writing arrest reports; transports arrestees to jail as required.
  13. Determines appropriate actions to be taken by weighing evidence and applying knowledge of laws, ordinances, rules and regulations, policies and procedures to solve the problem and administer justice; prepares and processes documents such as citations, complaints, affidavits, and warrants.
  14. Records information at scenes of crimes by sketching diagrams, taking photographs, or taking notes.
  15. Prepares reports for use by department, college or other agency.
  16. Testifies in court or by deposition to present information accumulated at scenes and through investigations.
  17. Performs rescue functions at accidents, emergencies and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time, administering first responder level service; lifting dragging, and carrying people away from dangerous situations; and securing buildings and evacuating occupants.
  18. Responds to fire and ambulance calls to direct traffic, escort fire and ambulance vehicles, establish security perimeters and maintain order.
  19. Inspects and maintains law enforcement equipment by observing and cleaning to keep the equipment in reliable operating condition.
  20. Determines content for various public safety programs such as crime prevention, personal safety, playground safety, and provides delivery to the college or community.
  21. Provides advice and general information to students, staff and campus visitors.
  22. Performs other appropriate duties as assigned.


The Police Officer is directly supervised by the Deputy Chief and Chief of Police, Harper College Police Department. The incumbent may provide direction to other Police Officers, Community Service Officer I – Dispatcher, Community Service Officer I – Patrol and Community Service Officer II.


  • Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice or related field or combination of college education and experience or equivalent experience*.
  • Be at least twenty-one years of age.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Possess a valid Illinois driver’s license.
  • Successful completion of passing written test, background investigation, medical examination, psychological evaluation, polygraph examination and oral interview.
  • Successful completion of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) P.O.W.E.R. test.
  • Possess Basic Police Officer certification.

*Equivalent experience is defined as one year of college equivalence for every two years of “on point” job related experience

Annual Experience Requirements:  

  1. First Aid
  2. Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  3. Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)
  4. Blood borne Pathogens - refresher
  5. Hazardous Materials-First Responder Awareness/refresher
  6. P.O.W.E.R. test
  7. Medical examination

Application Review Date:  Applications are accepted until the position is filled though priority will be given to applications received on or before: September 14, 2017

Required Documents***A resume and cover letter are required to complete the application process***

* Official transcripts required upon hire 
* Employment is contingent upon Criminal Background Check.

* Employment sponsorship is not available.

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