Police Officer (Certified)

Job description

Title:Police Officer (Certified) Department:Safety Services Job Category:Staff Regular/Temporary:Regular Salary:$16.88/hour Open Date:03/20/2019 Description:


  • Patrols the campus and its jurisdictional boundaries by vehicle, golf cart, or on foot to preserve law and order, prevent, discover, and enforce violations of laws and ordinances and/or college policies.
  • Protects property by providing security checks of campus buildings and vehicles parked on college property. Takes measures to prevent loss or damage to property including securing the interior and exterior of campus buildings.
  • Responds to calls for protection of life and property, the enforcement of laws and ordinances, calls for service, and complaints. Assists to the campus community and visitors.
  • Exercises independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest and when force may be used and to what degree.
  • Maintains safe traffic conditions by monitoring and directing traffic, enforcing laws and ordinances, investigating accidents, providing escorts, and reporting unsafe conditions. Enforces parking regulations.
  • Must be able to endure verbal abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of people encountered in an antagonistic environment. Uses sound judgement under stressful conditions.
  • Gathers information in criminal, non-criminal, and traffic investigations by locating, interviewing, and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects and confidential informants.
  • Prepares investigative, booking, conduct and other reports using appropriate grammar, spelling, and mathematical computations.
  • Identifies, collects, preserves, and process evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions and that indicate the presence of dangerous conditions.
  • Communicates effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels. Utilizes the terminology, codes, and standard abbreviations used in connection with radio communications.
  • Performs rescue operations at accidents, emergencies, and disasters that may involve quickly entering and exiting patrol vehicles, apprehension, foot pursuit, lifting, carrying, dragging, climbing, pulling, jumping, balancing, and using body force to gain entrance.
  • Utilizes various types of law enforcement equipment including motor vehicles, firearms and the taser.
  • Cooperates with public safety agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses; may respond to requests for mutual aid assistance.
  • Establishes rapport with persons from different ethnic, cultural and/or economic backgrounds.
  • Analyzes situations quickly and objectively and to determine the proper course of action. Reacts quickly and calmly under emergency conditions.
  • Completes training to satisfy POST and departmental requirements and to enhance skills/knowledge.
  • Serves as liaison and public relations officer to the campus community and to the public. Provides campus safety programming by delivering crime prevention and community awareness presentations before a variety of campus and public groups to promote crime prevention.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of standard police practices and techniques, applicable federal and state laws, college regulations, and Police Department policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
  • Possesses strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Demonstrates a basic knowledge of CPR, First Aid, and AED.
  • Ability to comprehend documents to include citations, affidavits and warrants.
  • Ability to exhibit a positive attitude and to deal with supervisors, coworkers, students, faculty and staff tactfully and courteously in order to maintain effective service-oriented relationships.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and follow oral and written instructions.


The Police Officer is directly accountable to the Police Sergeant and/or the Chief of Police.


Guidelines include Georgia Criminal and Traffic law, College Policies and Procedures, Department Policies, Residence Hall rules, and Board of Regents Policy and Procedures. These guidelines require judgment, selection and interpretation in application.


  • The Police Officer is expected to carry out routine assignments independently within the Department policies and procedures and within the scope of his/her authority.
  • The work consists of varied administrative duties and coordination of primary functional areas. Strict regulations contribute to the complexity of the position
  • Success in this position contributes to the efficiency, effectiveness, and regulatory compliance of all department operations


  • Contacts are typically with members of the campus community and with the general public
  • Contacts are typically to enforce laws and/or rules and regulations, to provide services, exchange information, resolve problems, to motivate or influence persons or to defend or negotiate matters.


  • The work is typically performed while riding in a vehicle, a golf cart, or while walking about the campus. Work will occasionally be performed in an office setting. Officers will intermittently sit, stand, stoop, bend, or crouch.
  • The employee may be required to lift heavy objects.


Serves as Officer in Charge in the event that the department supervisor or Chief is not available.

Required Qualifications:


  • Possession of a valid Georgia Basic Peace Officer certification.
  • Must be 25 years of age, a United States citizen, and have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must pass a criminal history check and an extensive background investigation of work and personal history; must possess a valid Georgia Driver’s License and a safe driving record. No felony convictions and no serious misdemeanor convictions.
  • Ability to pass medical, physical fitness, psychological, voice stress/polygraph examinations, as well as a drug screen and a credit check.
  • Must successfully complete a six month probationary period.
  • Possess analytical decision-making skills to identify problems, weigh solutions and recognize alternatives and their implications independently and quickly.
  • Basic typing skills are required. Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Possess interpersonal skills to interact with a diverse public.
  • Ability to work rotating shifts, weekends, and holiday schedules in any weather conditions. May be required to remain on duty beyond normal shift and/or be available to report for duty without prior notice due to emergencies or manpower shortages.
Desired Qualifications:


  • Associate Degree in Criminal Justice preferred.




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Posted: 3/20/2019
Application Due: 5/1/2019
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