Police Officer- Patrol

Columbus, OH
Nov 11, 2020
Institution Type
Community College
Requisition ID: req3025

Job Title: Police Officer- Patrol

Department: Patrol

Location: Columbus Campus

Employment Type: Staff

Employment Status: Board Approved

Bargaining Unit: FOP(Police)

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Compensation Type: Hourly

Compensation: 25.96 - 25.96

Schedule: Various and rotating shifts based on a 24/7/365 schedule. 

 The College

Community colleges are uniquely positioned to respond to workforce needs and make higher education an affordable reality. There has never been a better time to join a two-year college, and there’s no better place to do it than at Columbus State. A laser focus on student success and a partnership mindset have established Columbus State as a key talent provider in a thriving regional economy, and a premier community college that is changing the nation’s education and workforce landscapes. With more than 46,000 students across two campuses, at several regional learning centers, and online, Columbus State is the nation’s only institution recognized as an Achieving the Dream (ATD) college, an AACC Guided Pathways institution, and a participant in The Right Signals Initiative through the Lumina Foundation. Columbus State employees at all levels benefit from an engaging, collaborative, and supportive culture that rewards innovation and vision. We provide competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits, and professional development opportunities. We are dedicated to ensuring that the diversity of Columbus State faculty and staff reflects that of our students and region. We are proud to be a central part of a community that embraces differences and celebrates the many cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles that define Central Ohio. 

The City

Columbus, Ohio is also home to The Ohio State University and more than 30 other colleges and universities as well as the headquarters of multiple Fortune 500 companies. Columbus is one of America’s fastest-growing cities, offering a wealth of cultural experiences, dining, entertainment, shopping opportunities, and more. That’s why Central Ohio residents find living here so fulfilling, both professionally and personally. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions described in this position description. Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this position description.

Position Summary

The Police Officer is a member of a community policing-focused organization who uses forward thinking and community-oriented policing skills that identify potential issues, build positive relationships, and encourage innovative solutions to create a safe campus. The police officer also: actively patrols campus, providing a highly visible patrol presence to help safeguard against criminal activity; responds to law enforcement calls for service, and ensures safety and protection of life and property within the campus community, while assisting students, faculty, staff, and visitors; enforces state laws and campus policy, procedures, rules and regulations; responds to emergency calls and; shares on-call responsibility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An employee assigned to this classification works on one of three shifts and may be required to work holidays or evenings outside of scheduled workday.

Core Competencies

Professionalism, Communication, Managing Work, Courage, Continuous Improvement, Driving for Results, Customer/Student/Employee Focus, Technology Savvy
Collaboration, Resolving Conflict



Patrols campus property by foot, bicycle, or motor vehicle. Enforces state laws and campus policy, procedures, rules and regulations. Responds to emergency calls as well as non-emergency police calls for service. Provides general police assistance including giving directions, jumpstarts, car unlocks, tire changes, and safety escorts. Assist persons with mobility or other disabilities. Provides customer service and maintains good public relations with student body, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Assists other college personnel in the operation of safety monitoring systems, the emergency operations center, access control, alarms, fire suppression equipment, and the emergency messaging system. Responds to fire, security, and mechanical system alarms and reports emergencies and equipment malfunctions in accordance with established procedures. Locks and unlocks buildings, rooms, and offices. Administers CPR, performs first aid, and operates an Automated Electronic Defibrillator (AED).


Collaborates with other campus and non-campus partners to identify and develop solutions to safety and security issues. Provides safety and security training to students, faculty and staff. Participates in various campus events and activities that promote campus safety. Engages in public contact via telephone, e-mail, or in-person to take complaints, answer inquiries and provide assistance.


Completes and maintains required documentation, such as incident and criminal offense reports. Interviews witnesses and crime victims. Collects and processes physical evidence. Testifies in court, as well as college administrative review teams. Receives and documents lost and found items.


Attends all required department meetings and training. Assists other College department and personnel during peak times and special events that serve the College. May assist persons with mobility or other impairments. Subject to call-in (24) twenty-four hours a day (7) seven days a week. May also include working at either the Columbus or Delaware campuses as well as regional learning centers (RLC). Other duties as required. Regular, predictable, and punctual attendance is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of: Community policing principles and practices; safety, security, and emergency preparedness requirements; federal, state, and local laws; environmental health and safety precautions, as applied to public institutions; computer software, programs, safety and security fire systems and applications.

Skilled in: organizing resources and establishing priorities, planning and implementation; strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communications; preparing written reports, operating job related equipment; software programs; coordinating program functions job analysis, problem solving and conflict resolution.

Ability to: exercise sound judgment in dealing with emergency or stressful situations; comprehend job protocols, develop and implement standard operating procedures and response protocols, work independently demonstrating initiative; develop and maintain effective working relationships with associates, supervisors, job contacts, and general public; maintain confidential and sensitive information; maintain accurate and complete work records; assess and react appropriately to emergencies; exhibit a pleasant telephone manner; answer routine inquiries; maintain self-control; develop or implement training programs.


While performing job duties, the employee will regularly ride in a cruiser or on a bicycle and patrol the campus on foot for extended periods of time. The employee occasionally uses hands to handle and operate equipment. The employee occasionally reaches with hands and arms, climbs and balances, and stoops, kneels, crouches or crawls. The employee frequently uses usual vision demands and must be able to converse verbally in a professional manner with students, faculty and general public, and to hear. Employee occasionally lifts or exerts force of 50 pounds on items or individuals.


Normal working conditions with regular exposure to dirt, dust, debris and smells. Employee is occasionally exposed to moving parts or other risks, which could result in minor cuts, burns or other situations that may injure, with risk of electrical shock or exposure to radiation. Fumes, airborne particles, toxic or caustic materials are also occasionally exposed to employees. While performing daily job duties, every officer takes the risk of bodily harm, serious bodily harm or death. Officers come in contact with individuals who are mentally unstable, may have a criminal record, and who may be armed and dangerous.

Minimum Qualifications: 

High School Diploma or GED. State Motor Vehicle Operator's License or demonstrable ability to gain access to work site(s). Current Ohio Peace Officer certification.

Preferred Qualifications: CPR and First Aid certification.

Additional Information:
  The position requires successful completion of a knowledge and personality assessment, background investigation, reference check, polygraph examination, psychological examination, and pre-employment medical examination.