Police Officer

Claflin University
Orangeburg, SC

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Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Safety & Security
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details


Claflin University Police Officers are sworn law enforcement officers with full authority to enforce federal, state, municipal laws, and University policies. CU Police officers employed by CUDPS are Class 1 certified officers who have completed the twelve weeks of law enforcement instruction at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. They are also appointed and commissioned as State Constables by the Governor of South Carolina as provided by South Carolina law. They are empowered to enforce the laws of South Carolina anywhere in the State as well as arrest individuals anywhere in the State. 


These examples are intended only as illustration of the various types of work performed in this position.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or is a logical assignment to the position. 

  • Patrol campus properties throughout the shift. Promote public and campus safety in those patrol areas consistent with the concepts of community policing, and department and university policy, state, local and federal laws.  Interact with faculty, university students and citizens who may visit the university.
  • May be required to stand for extended periods of time when assigned to fixed posts or required to walk for extended periods of time if assigned to a walking post.
  • Enforce traffic laws and issues warnings or citations to violators.
  • Monitor CUDPS radio traffic and respond to all dispatched calls for service in a timely manner.
  • Prepares written reports of all incidents and occurrences.
  • Testifies in court and other legal proceedings.
  • Keeps records and makes reports regarding activities.
  • Participates in criminal investigations and evidence collection.
  • Interviews victims and witnesses.
  • Prepare incident reports.
  • Attends training and continuing education sessions to maintain certifications.
  • Present public education and awareness programs regarding crime.
  • Know and understand the basic elements of criminal violations and be able to identify those calls for service that require response of campus or law enforcement.
  • Know and understand the elements of campus student code of conduct violations.
  • Ability to write comprehensive incident reports, conduct investigations, take photos when necessary, and seize contraband when necessary.
  • Secure incident/crime scenes of serious incidents, making sure that the integrity of the scene and evidence is not compromised, tampered with, altered, contaminated, or left unattended.
  • Conduct checks on residential halls, buildings, grounds, and university property to ensure the prevention of burglary, theft, criminal mischief/vandalism, or fire.
  • Direct traffic during special events, congested areas, traffic crashes, or special hazards.
  • Enforce parking violations on campus by issuing parking citations and when necessary, booting, or towing vehicles that are in violation.
  • Assist with the securing and opening of campus buildings.
  • Must be able to react promptly and correctly in emergency situations.
  • Must be able to defend against attack by use of force to subdue or control an individual or suspect.
  • Must be able to enforce the university rules with firmness, fairness, and impartiality and to deal with the public in a professional manner.
  • Ability to work rotating shifts, nights, evening, weekend, holidays, and after-hours work is required. May be required to report for duty at any time, including during states of emergency and university closings.
  • Ability to work overtime, both scheduled and unscheduled.
  • May include occasional exposure to normal environmental conditions such as sunlight, heat, cold, and rain. Also includes risk of exposure to adverse environmental conditions such as noise, solvents, odors, slippery or uneven surfaces, heights, machinery, adverse weather conditions, and traffic hazards.
  • Perform all other duties as required and assigned.
  • At least 21 years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • Must be able to successfully complete a medical examination and drug screening.
  • Must pass a criminal background and Driver’s License record check.
  • Must be able to successfully complete psychological and polygraph examinations.
  • Entry level candidates must successfully complete the SC Criminal Justice Academy and be certified by the SC Law Enforcement Training Council as a Class 1 Law Enforcement Officer within 6-months of the date of hire.
  • Previous experience in law enforcement, corrections, or security management preferred.
  • Associate’s or equivalent earned credit hours from an accredited institution preferred.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain an armed security officer license, through the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) within 30-days of employment.
  • Must possess a valid driver license upon the effective start date.





Claflin University is a nationally ranked comprehensive institution of higher education affiliated with The United Methodist Church. A historically black university founded in 1869, Claflin is committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities in its undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs. Claflin seeks to foster a rich community comprised of students, faculty, staff, and administrators who work to nurture and develop the skills and character needed for engaged citizenship and visionary and effective leadership.

In its undergraduate programs, Claflin provides students with the essential foundation of a liberal arts education. Emphasizing critical and analytic thinking, independent research, oral and written communication skills, the University invites students to use disciplined study to explore and confront the substantive challenges facing the global society. Claflin’s graduate programs provide opportunities for advanced students to increase their specialization in particular fields of study oriented toward professional enhancement and academic growth. Its continuing education programs provide students with expanded avenues for professional development and personal fulfillment.

Clafin Guiding Principles

At the center of everything we do is a system of values informing and guiding all policies and programs. These values, expressed through our decisions and actions, are defined by five overarching guiding principles:

Commitment to Excellence

Through doing things better and differently.

Commitment to Valuing People

By providing a safe, wholesome and healthy environment for our people to live, learn and work. 

Commitment to Being Customer Focused

Ensuring that everyone knows who the customer is, and takes steps to show it.

Commitment to Exemplary Educational Programs

By educating our students in a way to help them have a full, quality life and function as productive citizens.

Commitment to Financial Accountability

By putting in place sound and effective fiscal policies which are consistent with the mission and goals of the university.

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