Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
Police officer positions involve regular and irregular shift work and shift rotations necessary to provide police services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year (weekends and holidays included). Work shifts are normally eight (8) to ten (10) hours in duration but may be extended in the event of emergency, disaster, special events, staffing shortage, workload or work-in-progress.
****Please review Preferred Qualifications and Applicant Special Instructions sections below.****
The work of the commissioned police officer involves responsibility for the protection of life and property, prevention of crime, apprehension of criminals and the general enforcement of laws, ordinances, and University policies. Duties normally consist of routine patrol, preliminary investigation and traffic regulation. Police officers also may be assigned duties as Corporals, detectives, evidence technicians, field training officers, firearms instructors, RAD instructors or special response team officers. Work involves an element of personal danger. The employee must be able to exercise sound independent judgment under stress. Assignments may include work on special tasks, which call upon specialized abilities and knowledge possessed by the officer. Work assignments can be general or specific and instructions are received from a supervisor who reviews work methods and results through reports, personal inspection and discussion.
Becomes and remains familiar with patrol beats, geographic locations, known offenders, neighborhood routines, potential problem areas;
Conducts security inspections and surveys of buildings and businesses and makes recommendations regarding security, etc;
Makes presentations to groups and individuals on subjects related to the job's tasks and functions;
Handles complaints made by the public;
Observes for, detects and investigates violations oflaws, ordinances and University policies and documents those actions for future use;
Conducts interviews and interrogations of victims, witnesses, suspects and offenders;
Conducts searches of person, vehicles, places and things;
Identifies and arrests offenders, including subduing resistive arrestees;
Seeks and serves arrest warrants, search warrants and other court documents;
Assists prosecutors in the preparation of cases for trial;
Appears and testifies in court, juvenile hearings, at deposition sessions and similar proceedings;
Enforces traffic and parking laws, including driving under the influencedetection and apprehension;
Controls, regulates and directs vehicular and pedestrian traffic;
Investigates traffic accidents, including protecting the scene, aiding the injured, controlling traffic, clearing the scene, determining the cause, preparing reports and diagrams;
Assists disabled motorists.
Deals with children of all ages in a variety of situations, such as delinquents, minors requiring authoritative intervention, neglected, abused, runaways, lost, found, victims of crimes, public relations and instructional functions and informants.
Miscellaneous Order Maintenance
Deals with domestic disputes and other interpersonal and business contacts;
Recognizes and corrects or reports public hazards and inconveniences, as gas leaks, traffic signals out of service, traffic obstructions and other safety hazards;
Responds to specific requests for ambulance/fire service and assists as needed;
Administers first aid, including CPR, to sick and injured persons;
Investigates incidents involving dead persons resulting from criminal, accidental, suicidal and natural causes, including determination of the circumstances and handling/removal of the body and dealing with the family, relatives, friends, witnesses, etc;
Investigates reports of lost and found property;
Investigates reports of missing and found persons;
Investigates animal complaints, including the humane disposition of severely injured animals;
Directs and/or supervises civilian employees and the public at the scenes of crimes, accidents, disasters, assemblies, etc;
Generally assists persons in distress.
May perform desk duties, including telecommunications (telephone,computer terminal, radio), assisting persons at the public counter, processing reports;
Conducts background investigations for prospective police applicants;
Attends training as assigned;
Develops and maintains required skills and licenses/permits/certifications associated with area of special instruction, expertise, etc. (Firearms qualification, evidence technician, juvenile law, criminal investigations);
Trains new officers, reserve officers and other officers in areas of special skills or expertise;
Prepares clear, accurate and complete reports on any and all activities engaged in.
Must be currently certified as a Police Officer in a 1st Class County in Missouri; or be currently enrolled in a certified police academy to obtain certification as a Police Office in a 1st Class County in Missouri; or if candidate is from out of state, provide documentation from the Missouri POST Commission certifying the candidate is eligible to be tested for the position of Police Officer in a 1st Class County in Missouri. Applicants in an academy or from out of state must obtain their certification prior to their start date.
An Associate's degree or 64 semester credit hours from an accredited university or college – both require a cumulative average letter grade of "C" or a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent; or a high school diploma or GED with eighteen months full-time prior police experience or two years military service.
Must possess a valid Missouri or Illinois driver's license by date of employment. Must be free from conviction of a Felony or Class "A" Misdemeanor. US Citizen. Must be 21 years of age. Must be able to pass physical agility test.
CRITICAL SKILLS AND EXPERTISE
The police officer position requires the employee to have and maintain the physical and mental ability needed to:
React and move rapidly from a sedentary to active condition in response toenvironmental situations or events;
Assume a variety of bodily position and postures necessary to employ available "cover and concealment" during a deadly force encounter;
Respond to a physical attack and possess the ability to escape the attacker and/or summon aid;
Climb stairs and walk for extended periods of time;
Operate a motor vehicle in a safe and prudent manner (possess a Missouri drivers license with less than five chargeable points);
Successfully complete certified bicycle operator training and operate a bicycle;
Successfully complete training in a variety of motorized vehicles (T-3, etc.) and operator motorized vehicles;
Operate and qualify with the Department-issued firearms, utilizing both hands, as well as each hand individually;
Operate office equipment, such as telephones, audio/visual devices, computer or workstation keyboards, calculators and security locking systems;
Operate all equipment necessary for performing routine daily assignments, apprehending and processing criminals and conducting both criminal and traffic-related investigations;
Operate/utilize all Department vehicle mounted equipment whether in a mobile or stationary mode;
Administer first aid, to include CardioPulmonary Resuscitation (CPR);
Perform required duties for extended periods of time while exposed to adverse conditions, to include time worked in excess of the normal daily duty shift and rotating shift work;
Apprehend suspects to the extent of engaging in foot pursuits while summoning assistance and/or engaging in the necessary use of force;
Discern colors as they are applied in traffic safety situations (electric signals, signing, hazardous materials placards, vehicle and clothing descriptions, etc.);
Adequately judge distances and estimate speed;
See, read and recognize obstacles in a variety of normal and/or emergency environments. Have vision that is correctable to "Department vision" standards;
Determine or estimate the point of origin of noise;
Recognize/relate sound to situations based on frequencies or voice inflection within the normal range of human hearing;
Employ the normal senses of touch and smell.
The police officer position further requires the employee to have and maintain the physical and mental condition needed to:
Speak, read and write the English language in a clear, understandable fashion;
Reasonably identify and display basic non-verbal communications (body language);
Effectively relate to or communicate with a variety of personality types during interpersonal contacts.
Judgment/Decision Making Ability
The police officer position requires the employee have the ability to:
Comprehend and implement verbal and written instructions;
Apply reasoning skills when confronted with circumstances requiring discretionary decisions;
Establish priorities and construct subsequent plans when investigating incidents or events;
Formulate and carry out an appropriate course of action for a given situation for which no specific rule or procedure has been established;
Apply theory based instruction or training to actual incidents/situations;
Handle situations firmly, courteously, tactfully and impartially;
Retain and retrieve information furnished in the form of bulletins, verbal reports, training keys, etc;
Be capable of receiving and giving instructions.
Emotional Psychological Stability
The police officer position requires the employee to have the emotional and psychological stability required to:
Cope with and perform day-to-day duties under the principles of discipline;
Maintain self-control when receiving constructive criticism and/or being ridiculed;
Continue performing all required tasks at a professional level when faced with unpleasant circumstances;
Perform police duties without dependence on alcohol/narcotics;
Deal effectively with the morbid, the macabre, the repugnant, the abnormal, the morose, the psychotic, the neurotic and the otherwise unpleasant or unusual facets or results of human behavior.
The hiring range for this position is $24.00 - $25.00 per hour.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is with Washington University Police Department (WUPD).
Applicant Special Instructions:
Please include a cover letter as the first page of your resume upload. In the cover letter, please describe any initiative you have taken to develop relationships with the community you serve, contribute to and provide leadership for your department, and to develop your own career. In addition, please describe your approach and experience with customer service policing.
After you apply online, the submission of a separate completed Personal History Questionnaire is required as part of the application process. If you meet the minimum qualifications for the position, A Personal History Questionnaire will be sent to the email address that you list on the application. Please return the completed Personal History Questionnaire within 10 days of receipt.
Police officer positions involve exposure to and requires the officer to function in the presence of the following:
Inclement weather, to include extreme heat/cold, rain, snow, wind, etc;
Light conditions associated with day and night;
Fire, smoke, chemical leaks/spills - as close proximity as necessary to provide emergency services.
Personal danger, including but not limited to:
Armed and/or dangerous persons/animals;
Persons and/or articles with contagious/communicable diseases;
Hazards associated with emergency driving, traffic control and working in and around traffic;
Hazards associated with natural and man-made disasters.
Because police officers may be called upon in adverse conditions to come into physical contact with others, the University will not knowingly expose citizens or other employees to an employee infected with a contagious disease that poses a direct threat to others. Decisions regarding infectious diseases will be based on reasonable medical judgments given the state of medical knowledge about: a) the nature of the risk (how the disease is transmitted), b) the duration of the risk (how long is the carrier infectious), c) the severity of the risk (what is the potential harm to third parties, and d) the probability that the disease would be transmitted and will cause varying degrees of harm. (School Board of Nassau County v. Arline, 480 U.S. 273, 107 s. Ct. 1123, 1987).
The ideal candidate will have a strong background in public speaking and interaction with the public, a commitment to community policing with an emphasis on customer service, and a desire to contribute and provide leadership within the WUPD.
The ideal candidate will also have a strong ability to establish rapport with members of a diverse campus community, establishing partnerships and exchange of ideas and information used to address campus community concerns.
One year experience (after academy) as certified Police Officer.
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