Public Safety Officer

Job description

Public Safety Officer

Brooklyn, NY
Open Date:
Jan 10, 2019

Under supervision and with moderate discretion for independent judgment performs tasks in support of the Institute’s safety and security operations. Maintains safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors by patrolling and monitoring safety and security conditions on Pratt Institute property.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Performs uniformed patrol of campus by vehicle,bicycle, and foot under all weather conditions, day or night.
  • Observe and detect any criminal activity or violations of Pratt Institute rules and regulations.
  • Responds to alarm activations, unusual circumstances and provides emergency aid when needed.
  • Conducts investigations of incidents, as well as completes written reports by recording observations, information, occurrences, surveillance activities; interviewing witnesses; and obtaining signatures.
  • Secures premises and personnel by patrolling property; monitoring surveillance equipment; inspecting buildings, equipment, and access points; permitting entry.
  • Secures, documents evidence, as well as lost and found property, ensuring all items are properly accounted for and chain of custody properly documented.
  • Prevents loss and damage by reporting irregularities; informing violators of policy and procedures; detaining trespassers and reporting building and facility related issues such as flooding, poor or faulty lighting, trip hazards, other unsafe conditions, etc.
  • Controls traffic by directing vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
  • Ensures operation of equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs; evaluating new equipment and techniques.
  • Monitor and authorize entrance and departure of students, faculty, staff and visitors to guard against illegal or threatening activities, theft and to maintain security of premises.
  • Fire and duress alarm systems or video cameras and operate detecting/emergency equipment.
  • Perform first aid, CPR, AED (Automatic External Defibrillator), and Narcan when needed.
  • Answer telephone calls to take messages, answer questions, and provide information to community members.
  • Warn persons of rule infractions or violations, or evict violators from premises.
  • Drive motor vehicle for campus patrol and other institute business.
  • Inspect and adjust security systems, equipment, and machinery to ensure operational use and to detect evidence of tampering.
  • Must remain professional at all times and maintain a high degree of integrity.
  • Must have the ability to follow standard operating procedures, training curriculum, and directives.
  • Must maintain professional uniformed appearance and demeanor at all times.
  • Must be able to make independent and good judgment decisions within proper policies and procedures.
  • Be able to work alone, responsibly and without supervision.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned by Director of Public Safety or their designees.


Education: Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent.

Experience: At least two years of proven experience in the security field and a good comprehension of the intent, purpose and techniques of the security industry and a strong sense of responsibility.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must demonstrate good moral fitness and ethical standards.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with students, faculty, staff and visitors.
  • Excellent knowledge of public safety and security procedures/protocols.
  • Ability to operate detecting systems and other emergency equipment.
  • Ability to work well with diverse populations, a demonstrated level of intercultural competence and supports an inclusive learning environment.

License: Must possess a NYS Security Guard License, plus 8-hour and 16-hour training certificate(s). Current and valid driver’s license in state of New York. Must meet requirements to be able to work in the United States.

Application Instructions:

Please submit your cover letter and resume. If you are selected for an interview, please be prepared to provide at least 5 References via our on-line reference tool system. At least 2 of your References must be, or have been, your direct managers.




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Posted: 1/23/2019
Application Due: 4/11/2019
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