Overview and Responsibilities
The Public Safety Officer serves in accomplishing the overall public safety mission of the College. The position assists with the College’s public safety efforts at the Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Menomonie, and River Falls campuses which include loss prevention, customer service, proactive patrols, and parking enforcement. The Public Safety Officer interacts with employees, students, local law enforcement agencies, fire/EMS departments, and appropriate agencies on matters related to public safety. This position reports to the Public Safety Manager.
- Create atmosphere of strong customer service with students, staff, and community members on CVTC campuses.
- Assist with College-wide security efforts to ensure safety of students, staff, and visitors.
- Travel to and conduct proactive patrols at Eau Claire and regional campuses.
- Maintain high level of professional attitude and action when dealing with College community.
- Adhere to and motivate others to follow safety standards set forth by CVTC.
- Respond in a timely manner to all incident response requests.
- Emergency Response Team: Provide guidance and support to events, drills, and assessments of procedures.
- Investigate incidents and prepare materials for evidence and write reports as requested.
- Maintain a professional security presence at all times.
- Support Public Safety office administrative functions.
- Carry out College policy as it relates to campus safety, security, and parking.
- Investigate disturbances, fire hazards, suspicious persons, hazardous conditions, and other conditions on campus.
- Conduct proactive patrol and community policing procedures and respond to emergency and non-emergency incidents as needed.
- Conduct and lead safety inspections of the facilities to detect existing or potential problems and recommend corrective or preventative measures as necessary.
- Assist in training new student public safety officers.
- Perform periodic checks and evaluation of security alarm and fire/smoke alarms to ensure proper functioning; reports malfunctions as required.
- Respond to calls for service and assist personnel as needed.
- Patrol parking areas, communicate, and enforce parking and traffic regulations.
- Investigate violations of law and/or College policy/procedure and forward to proper authorities.
- Provide security services for special events held on College property as requested.
- Write accurate and detailed incident reports. Summarize results of investigations to document campus incidents. Submit written and verbal reports to supervisor for review and determination if further action is required.
- Respond to calls for service and maintenance of pay-per-hour parking lot.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of current public safety regulations and CVTC student code of conduct policy/procedure.
- Demonstrated ability to assess and act prudently and quickly in crisis situations and deal with responses to emergencies.
- Knowledge of radio communication equipment.
- Basic knowledge of effective radio communication and APCO 10 codes.
- Knowledge of verbal and non-verbal tactics to safely de-escalate emotional persons.
- Ability to work flexible hours to meet the needs of the College (including evenings and weekends).
- Ability to be available for call-in basis in the event of emergencies or by request of the Public Safety Manager.
- Ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as the ability to work independently toward department goals.
- Proven ability to resolve conflicts.
- Ability to use judgment, discretion, and decision making skills in dealing with confidential and sensitive issues.
- Ability to be self-sufficient with little direct supervision.
- Ability to model integrity through self-awareness, personal accountability, ethical behavior, quality standards, and sustainable practices.
- Ability to think critically by applying problem solving practices, acquiring relevant information, using technology and other resources appropriately, and evaluating alternatives.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively by speaking and writing clearly, concisely, and professionally; practicing active listening; reading critically and adapting communication for audience.
- Ability to value diversity by recognizing personal biases, adapting to culturally diverse situations, and demonstrating a commitment to equity, inclusion, and respectful interactions with persons of diverse ethnic, cultural, social-economic, or educational backgrounds.
- Basic knowledge of and skills with technology including software programs for communication, data collection, and decision making including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, and Excel.
- Associate degree in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement or a minimum of 60 credits in Criminal Justice or a related field.
- Successful background in applying law enforcement/public safety practices and techniques.
- Two years’ experience working in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement preferred.
In evaluating candidates for this position, the College may consider a combination of education, training, and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform duties of position.As an equal opportunity/access employer and educator, CVTC is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
This position is not eligible for benefits.
CVTC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the college's non-discrimination policies: Director of Human Resources, 620 W. Clairemont Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701, 715-833-6334, WI Relay: 711