Primary Function: Performs law enforcement, crime prevention duties, and other general police/security services; enforces state and local laws as well as ordinances, policies and regulations of the University; conducts proactive patrol by means of foot or vehicle. Police Officers must at all times support the University’s mission, respect the rights and dignity of all individuals, and deal ethically with the public.
Opportunities for Leadership:
This position reports to the Assistant Chief of Police.
Career Band: NE10
Typical Duties & Responsibilities:
Assignments are made based on the needs of the department and are subject to change.Community Oriented PolicingServes the community through proactive patrol of campus to identify potential security related situations and utilizing problem solving abilities independently and through partnershipsDevelops rapport with members of the university community as well as surrounding areas, and establishes partnerships with community members to develop prevention strategiesProvides safety, crime prevention, and community policing information to contacts over the course of patrol duties, and participates in community relations activities.Calls for ServiceFirst responder for all emergency calls to include but not be limited to the following: alarms (fire, panic, holdup), hazardous material spills and leaks, traffic crashes, criminal activity in progress, assistance for injured/sick, and crimes in progress.Responder for nonemergency calls to include but not be limited to the following law enforcement or safety and security concerns: Situations that indicate potential for violence or potential volatility and/or require coordination between SPD and other University departments for sensitive student, staff, or faculty issues; lock/unlock buildings; assist motorists.InvestigationsProvides initial investigation for all calls of criminal activity and accidents.Protects and maintains crime scene as necessary.Assist Investigator as needed with investigation duties.Performs field stops and interviews.Makes arrests, issues citations, and gives warningsPrepares and submits applicable offense reports, follow-up reports, and other documentation as needed.Judicial ProceedingsAppears in court as prosecuting officer or witness and presents testimony.Appears at University administrative hearings to provide information.Prepares and submits applicable follow-up reportsSpecial Events and AssignmentsProvides security for events such as athletic events, concerts, speakers, visiting dignitaries, commencement and numerous other social activities where security personnel may be required to provide crowd control and maintain order.Machines & Equipment Used:
Automobile, firearms, mobile radios, computer, camera, radar unit, breathalyzer Budgetary Responsibility:
NonePersonal Interaction/Communication:Student Contact: Daily; providing public safety and enforcing University regulations and state/county laws Internal: Daily; providing public safety and enforcing University regulations and state/county lawsExternal: Daily; providing public safety and enforcing University regulations and state/county laws
Attributes of a Successful Candidate
Education: High School Diploma or equivalent; College Degree Preferred
Experience: Must be currently certified by the TN POST Commission
Job Related Skills:
Good customer service skillsDemonstrate effective written and oral communication skillsDemonstrate self-restraint in challenging and/or difficult situationsAbility to work in a multicultural settingDemonstrate problem solving skills
Licenses & Certifications:
Must be a certified police officer meeting all of the requirements for P.O.S.T. certification in Tennessee.Must be currently employed as a full time police officer in the State of Tennessee.Must have a valid driver’s license in the State of Tennessee
Confidential Information: Police records of arrest, investigations, etc.
Outdoor work frequently required.Required to work nights/weekends/holidaysMust be able to work in inclement weather or weather extremesMay be confined to patrol car for an entire shiftMay be exposed to hazardous materials, infectious disease, blood borne pathogens, steam, car battery acid, loud noises, smoke and fire.
Must be able to stand for extended periods of time, Must be able to walk for extended periods of time, Must be able to climb (many stairs, ladders), Must be able to crawl and or kneel, Must be able to push and/or pull objects, Must be able to navigate steep and rough terrain, Must be able to use feet for repetitive tasks, Must be able to use hands for repetitive tasks, Must be able to lift between 21-50 pounds (Medium work), Must be able to carry between 21-50 pounds (Medium work)
Any additional requirements specific to this position:
Must be able to wear an approved mask for prolonged periods while performing job duties and responsibilities. Employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to an approved medical or religious exemption.