Police Officer

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Position Summary

The Michigan State University Police Department is seeking candidates for a full-time police officer position. As a full-service law enforcement agency, the MSU Police Department officers are granted with full range of legal powers over all property governed by the MSU Board of Trustees. MSU Police Department officers are expected to uphold the highest standards of conduct while protecting the MSU community and taking proactive measures to prevent crime.

Officers patrol a nearly 13 square mile campus that is comprised of urban and rural elements. Community policing is strongly emphasized through a neighborhood model to enhance the safety and security of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Responsibilities to include: will patrol land governed by MSU Board of Trustees on foot, motorcycle, bicycle or patrol vehicle utilizing State laws and university ordinances; will preserve law and order, prevents crime, and protects life and property of students, faculty, staff and visitors; affect an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints in accordance with department-approved tactics; pursues fleeing subjects on foot, bicycle or patrol vehicle in accordance with department policy and procedure; performs investigations and conducts legal searches of subjects to detect potential weapons or illegal contraband; operates an emergency vehicle during both day and night shift hours; in emergency and pursuit situations involving speeds in excess of the posted speed limit, while exercising due care and caution; and in congested traffic, hazardous road conditions, and environmental conditions, including but not limited to, fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow, within the guidelines set forth by department policy and procedure; communicates clearly and effectively over law enforcement radio channels while responding to calls for service and self-initiating activity; will load, aim, and fire handguns, rifles, and other agency-specific firearms from a variety of positions in training and real life scenarios that justify the use of deadly force while regulating emotions under extreme stress; maintains composure during rapidly evolving situations involving potentially uncooperative subjects; will deescalate situations with proper verbal commands and appropriately articulate and act upon situations that require elevating use of force within department policy and procedure; effectively carry out community team policing functions such as: office hours, alcohol awareness programs, and other various events to strengthen bond with the community in which we serve; participates in training sessions such as: legal update, defensive tactics, firearms, and various other annual training requirements in accordance with Michigan State University; will physically exert oneself in the performance of police officer duties within the guidelines set forth by department policy and procedure such as: climb stairs, jump over walls, run, bend, twist, reach, crawl, kneel, sit for prolonged periods, move/push/pull/lift heavy objects/persons potentially exceeding 50lbs in weight; accepts and understands the nature of law enforcement as a 24-hour on-call profession for emergencies as deemed by the Chief or his designee; understands that with very few exceptions, every home football game is a mandatory workday for MSU police officers; other events such as March Madness, large concerts, or any additional event determined by the police chief may require a mandatory workday for civil disorder duties. 

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program, or attainment of degree within six months of hire; six months to one year of related and progressively more responsible work experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications

Candidates must hold a minimum of a Bachelor's degree to be eligible as a MSU Police Department officer. Candidates must be certified as a police officer in the state of Michigan or certifiable as a police officer in the state of Michigan, subject to verification or re-verification by a Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) approved training academy, or currently enrolled in an MCOLES approved training academy and certifiable by date of hire. Candidates must also possess adequate word processing skills in order to prepare written reports utilizing proper spelling and grammar and have reasonable computer skills as many functions of patrol utilize various computer software programs. 

Required Application Materials

Michigan State University Application

Cover Letter


Special Instructions

Clearly indicate MCOLES Status

Work Hours

12-Hour Shifts 6:00 AM-6:00 PM or 6:00 PM-6:00 AM and will rotate throughout the year

Summary of Physical Demands

Everyday demands of being a Police Officer

Summary of Health Risks

May wear a respirator

Bidding eligibility ends on 4/10/2018 at 11:55 PM




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Posted: 4/4/2018
Application Due: 4/17/2018
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