Police Officer

Job description

Police Officer

*Cover letter is required with application.*

Summary: The Police Officer performs a variety of duties to protect members of the University community from harm; provides a high degree of security for University property, and that of students, employees, and visitors. Assists in all types of emergency situations and assures orderly movement of traffic on campus. This position also enforces North Carolina State Laws and City Ordinances.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols University property on foot, bicycle, or in a vehicle to protect lives and property.
  • Conducts investigations of all accidents, crimes and incidents by interviewing victims, witnesses, and suspects, through the identifications and collection of physical evidence, searching persons, vehicles and other premises in accordance with legal guidelines.
  • Responds to all emergency calls including potentially violent and life threatening situations.
  • Provides crime prevention strategies, inspects university property for safety hazards, equipment malfunctions, unsecured doors or other unusual occurrences, refers victims to appropriate services, provides directions, escorts, vehicle and door unlocks assistance, operates necessary equipment.
  • Enforces state laws, city ordinances, and University regulations.
  • Responds to fire, intrusion, and security alarms and emergency calls boxes.
  • Integrates Community Policing into routine patrol activity and utilizes COP concepts to resolve problems. Utilizes SARA model of Community Policing in collaborative manner to develop, implement, and deliver efficient and effective law enforcement and community services.
  • Maintains radio communications.
  • Renders immediate and temporary medical aid to injured and or ill persons in emergency situations.
  • Intervenes and diffuses crisis situations as non-violently as possible.
  • Documents all activities and prepares written reports as required by departmental policy.
  • Prosecutes offenders as necessary by filing criminal charges, referral to the appropriate University authorities, or through other measures such as trespassing non-students.
  • Responsible for extreme accuracy, attention to details, and comprehensiveness. Error may result in death or injury of individuals, loss or damage to property, both personal and university owned, wrongful conviction of innocent individuals, failure to convict guilty individuals and civil damages.

Other Functions:

  • Attends and represents the department as assigned at various meetings, events, etc.
  • Works special assignments.
  • Prepares and presents testimony in criminal, traffic, judicial hearings and grand jury.
  • Attends advanced and specialized training activities.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • High school diploma plus specialized training with two years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to meet the requirements of the University’s automobile insurance.
  • Must meet all requirements to become certified as a Law Enforcement Officer in accordance with the provisions of the “North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission” [Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Certification].
  • Knowledge of Federal Laws, North Carolina General Statutes, Winston Salem City ordinances and Wake Forest University policies.
  • Will be required to work rotating shifts of eight, ten and twelve hours, during holidays, weekends, and overtime and in adverse weather conditions as needed.
  • Effective communication skills (verbal and written) to interact in a courteous and professional manner with the public, representatives of the legal system, Police Department personnel, University officials, faculty, staff, students and visitors.
  • Ability to prepare written reports of activities and incidents with accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to act and direct the actions of others quickly and make intelligent decisions in emergency situations.
  • Ability to make independent decisions.
  • Ability to maintain considerable working knowledge of modern policing principles.
  • Ability to adapt to an often-changing working schedule, which may include days, nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Medium work: Exerting up to 5-pounds of force occasionally or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • May be required to exert extreme physical effort in subduing an arrestee, restraining individuals, performing a rescue operation, or activity.
  • May be required to stand on foot post for long periods of time. May be required to run/sprint distances. Must be able to perform the following physical activities: stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing and repetitive motions, run/sprint distances, climb stairs/ladders and other physical activities as necessary in emergency situations.
  • Must be able to correctly and effectively use a variety of law enforcement machines, instruments, and tools including: radios, computers, automobiles, emergency and investigative equipment, etc.
  • Must have vision correctable to 20/20 and meet color vision requirements.
  • Must be able to meet the other physical requirements listed by the North Carolina Training and Standards Commission. May be exposed to hazardous materials, chemicals, explosions or loud noises.
  • May be required to drive departmental vehicles for long periods of time.
  • Ability to complete A.S.P. baton, Capstun, First Aid, CPR, AED operation, Firearms Proficiency certification courses.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Sworn law enforcement experience in a campus environment.


  • Responsible for own work.

Note: This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States






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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/29/2018
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