Public Safety Officer #003260

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Posting Details

Posting NumberSHRA708PQuick Link for Internal Postings TitlePublic Safety Officer-MRCompetency LevelContributingWorking TitlePublic Safety Officer #003260DepartmentOffice of University PolicePosition Summary

Serves as a member of a community policing team that employs problem-solving strategies for addressing crime and safety problems; performs patrol duties including but not limited to responding to calls for service or crimes, investigating violations of law or university rules, preparing written report, enforcing parking and traffic rules, engaging in crowd and traffic control, patrolling and inspecting buildings and facilities for safety or law enforcement concerns, and coordinating with higher authority on special traffic, law enforcement or safety concerns; enters reports into a computer; performs extensive computer work; performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position

Knowledge of North Carolina Criminal and Motor Vehicle Laws and understanding their application; knowledge federal laws, particularly those that apply to higher education including FERPA and the Clery Act; knowledge of general court and criminal justice processes; knowledge of police training practices and crime prevention issues; knowledge of departmental general orders and supervisory principles; knowledge of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) standards; knowledge of community policing philosophies and techniques; skill in working with a diverse population and public service contact; skill in working in regimented work environment; skill with computer applications; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to speak distinctly over the radio; ability and skill in motor vehicle operation; ability to use force to protect oneself and others; ability to lift heavy objects that weigh 75 pounds or more; other strenuous activities associated with the practice of law enforcement.

Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or equivalency. Certification as a Law Enforcement Officer in accordance with the provisions of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission or the ability to achieve certification within one year of employment.

Preferred Qualifications

Successfully complete Field Training Officer Program; good physical condition as evidenced by successfully passing an approved law enforcement physical test; must be 20 years of age; must be a US Citizen or eligible to work in the United States; must successfully pass a background investigation; two years of successful work experience in a public-contact occupation; must be able to work rotating shifts, out-of-doors, and in a variety of assignments including foot, vehicle, and bicycle patrol; must be able to deal with stressful situations, including life-threatening incidents; must not object to using force against another person when legally justified; experience in working with word processing, database, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Additional desired qualifications include education beyond the minimum and one year of successful law enforcement work experience.

Anticipated Hiring Range$34,155 - $38,000Position TypePermanent Full-TimeNumber of Hours per Week40Number of Months per Year12Salary Band Range$31,383 - $64,409Salary GradeOpen Date08/28/2020Close Date09/18/2020Open Until FilledNoSpecial Instructions to Applicants

This position will receive a comprehensive benefits package as a state employee including a Law Enforcement retirement package, paid holidays, health insurance, sick leave, vacation leave and shift premium pay.

To be considered, you must apply online. HARD COPY APPLICATIONS AND RESUMES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

A cover letter and resume are required attachments. Applicants may also include a list of references and a DD-214 if claiming veteran’s preference.


If no applicants apply, who meet the required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities/Competencies and Training and Experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants.

*Effective October 1, 2015 all new hires into positions subject to the State Human Resources Act (SHRA) will serve a 12 month probationary period as defined by the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources (OSHR). Law enforcement officers who have not completed BLET certification as of the date of hire shall serve a 24 month probationary period as defined by the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources (OSHR)


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 114 Scott, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7234) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume
  3. List of references
Optional Documents
  1. DD-214
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a High school diploma or equivalency?
    • no
    • yes
  2. * Have you successfully completed the North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Training Program?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Are you currently certified as a Law Enforcement Officer in the state of North Carolina?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • HERC - Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
    • Website -
    • Personal Referral
    • Agency Referral
    • Other




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Posted: 8/30/2020
Application Due: 9/18/2020
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