Campus Peace Officer-Part Time

Dutchess Community College
Poughkeepsie, NY

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Category:: Other
Department:: Campus Safety and Security
Locations:: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posted:: Jun 18, 2021
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Part-time
Position ID:: 132426

About Dutchess Community College:

Located in the heart of New York's beautiful and historic mid-Hudson Valley, just 90 minutes north of New York City, DCC is part of the State University of New York, the largest comprehensive public higher education system in the country. A winner of the 2015 HEED Award for inclusiveness, DCC is dedicated to respecting individuality, embracing diversity and partnering with the community to achieve shared goals. The College welcomes applications from faculty and staff who share and are anxious to support the institution's values of Excellence, Access, Diversity, Collaboration and Accountability, and who are passionate about engaging with both students and the community.

Job Description:

This is a sworn peace officer 12-monlh position which is primarily responsible for providing safety and security patrol services for the main campus and off-campus site location(s). The work is performed in accordance with existing New York State Penal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, the Vehicle and Traffic Law, governmental regulations, and college rules. Supervision is received from the administration of the Office of Campus Safety and Security, or within the department chain of command. Employees in this position may be required to work day, evening, night, holiday and weekend hours.

The incumbent in this position will assist in the department's charge of enhancing campus community relations through a personal engagement policing model. This will be accomplished by individual collaboration with members of the campus community. Incumbents will seek departmental and personalized connections and partnerships to address both safety and community relations.

The Campus Peace Officer serves as a member of the college community and acts as the first line of defense in matters of crime prevention and response to campus safety incidents.


The following is indicative of the level and types of activities performed by incumbents in this title. It is not meant to be all inclusive and does not preclude a supervisor from assigning activities not listed which could be reasonably expected to be performed by an employee in this title.

  • Assist in the application and maintenance of campus safety operations that are focused on Community Oriented Policing philosophy.
  • Keep abreast of applicable laws, college rules, and campus safety procedures in accordance with best practices as recognized by state and national standards.
  • Patrol campus grounds and buildings being observant of disturbances, violations of law, misconduct and safety hazards. ·
  • Maintain physical security of buildings and property by performing lock and unlock of doors and gates as directed, respond to fire alarms, burglar alarms, and duress/panic alarms when activated, perform fire watch in buildings as necessary, investigate and report on instances of property damage and/or breaches of physical security.
  • Responds to incidents, including but not limited to, acts of violence, theft of property, verbal disputes, student and employee misconduct, traffic violations, and medical assistance calls.
  • Provide safety services and physical security services for college residence halls.
  • Provide campus safety for events held on campus and off-site locations as necessary.
  • Investigate and prepare written repo1is of criminal incidents, accidents, incidents of misconduct, safety and other related matters.
  • Perform other related duties as required, including but not limited to, making arrests for criminal offenses, assisting co-workers in the performance of their duties, provide safety escorts, and inspect safety equipment.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics

Ability to qualify as a Campus Peace Officer, according to the standards set forth by New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of working as a member of a campus safety program.

The ability to obtain knowledge regarding, Jeanne Clery Act compliance, Title IX and FERPA as well as other Department of Education rules and regulations and SUNY guidelines.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with others, ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, possess good judgement and self initiative, ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Possess technical literacy in operating various software programs such as Microsoft Word and Outlook.

Ability to work in a diverse multicultural academic setting.

Minimum Requirements

Possession of a current New York State Police Officer or Campus Peace Officer certification, or equivalent as recognized by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) or the ability to obtain within six months of hire date.

Education: Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma, and one of the following:

An Associate's degree in criminal justice from an accredited university or college; or a related field; or

Completed sixty (60) semester credit hours from an accredited university or college in criminal justice or related field.

Note: Candidates may substitute an honorable discharge from the United State military with a minimum of two years' active service for thirty (30) of the sixty (60) credits required.


Maintain qualifications required of a Campus Peace Officer by the State of New York.
Possess and maintain a valid New York State Pistol License.
Must possess a New York Stale Driver's License at lime of appointment and during employment.
United States citizenship or permanent residency required.
Must be 21 years of age at time of appointment.
Required to undergo and successfully complete a Background Investigation that includes a Psychological Assessment and Polygraph.

Additional Information:

Dutchess Community College is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

A background check will be required.

Application Instructions:

To Apply, go to

Please submit application, resume and cover letter.


Working at Dutchess Community College 

Dutchess Community College has been in Dutchess County for more than 50 years. We have the reputation of being the best community college in the state for academic excellence and the success of our graduates. Students who transfer to a four-year school after Dutchess do better and graduate at a higher rate than students who transfer from other colleges. Plus, we currently have the lowest tuition of any college or university in the state.

Our main campus is in Poughkeepsie, with a major extension site in Wappingers Falls. Students can also take DCC classes at high schools throughout the county.

We offer associate degrees and certificates in more than 60 program areas. Some of these programs are occupationally-oriented, designed to provide the skills students need to enter the job market immediately upon graduation. Other programs are designed to provide the first two years' of study toward a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. The certificate programs provide a condensed program in a particular field of study and usually can be completed in one or two semesters of study.

There are three different types of degrees from which students can choose:

The Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.) is used primarily for transfer programs that lead to the bachelor of arts degree at a four-year college or university. It may be used for general liberal arts programs.

The Associate in Science Degree (A.S.) may be used for certain occupationally-oriented studies, but is primarily designed to serve science or professionally-related programs that lead to transfer to a bachelor of science degree at a four-year college or university.

The Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) is structured as an occupationally-oriented degree. However, it may be appropriate as a transfer degree to certain types of specialized baccalaureate program such as the bachelor's of technology.

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