Title Code:   7428
Occ. Group:

PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER 3                                                         Skill Level: 10

FLSA Status:  Non-exempt                                                                 IPEDS:    705





East Tennessee State University pursues its mission based upon core values. An employee's job performance must support and exhibit the university's core values:

PEOPLE come first, are treated with dignity and respect, and are encouraged to achieve their full potential;
RELATIONSHIPS are built on honesty, integrity and trust;
of people and thought is respected;
is achieved through teamwork, leadership, creativity, and a strong work ethic;
is achieved through wise use of human and financial resources; and
to intellectual achievement is embraced.



Work performed in supervising general police work, conducting investigations of crimes and accidents, protecting property, facilities, citizens, staff and students by law enforcement



(Essential functions for this position are on file in the Office of Human Resources for your information.) 


-          Patrols and supervises others patrolling the campus by foot, bicycle or motor vehicle

-          Investigates or supervises others investigating suspected crimes, reporting findings, and arresting suspected individuals

-          Investigates accidents involving persons or property, reports probable cause of accidents, and pursues appropriate course of action

-          Testifies in court of legal proceedings

-          Supervises the maintenance and use of law enforcement equipment

-          Supervise persons who serve as a first responder on the campus

-          Supervise persons carrying out tasks associated with homeland security

-          Keeps records and prepares reports.




-          All incumbents are expected to perform these functions except for those qualifying under the Americans with Disabilities Act for a reasonable accommodation.

-          These functions may vary by institution.

-          Incumbents may provide backup to various functions within the unit.

-          May be required to perform related clerical tasks as assigned

-          Performs other work as assigned




Employees work under general supervision.  Advice and guidance are available from the supervisor as needed for complex issues or exceptions to policy.




Supervising general police work




Meets the requirements of a Certified Police Officer, per TCA 38-8-107, including completion or attendance and completion within one year following employment, of a law enforcement academy curriculum approved by the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission.


Be certified as a first responder or for a homeland security assignment on the campus.


Meets the requirements of TCA 38-8-106, Qualifications of Police Officers:

(1)   Be at least eighteen (18) years of age;

(2)   Be a citizen of the United States;

(3)   Be a high school graduate or possess equivalency;

(4)   Not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor or controlled substances;

(5)   Not have been released or discharged under any other than honorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States;

(6)   Have his fingerprints on file with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation;

(7)   Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician;

(8)   Have a good moral character as determined by a thorough investigation conducted by the employing agency; and

(9)   Be free of all apparent mental disorders as described in the Diagnostic and Statistical manual of Mental Disorders, Third Edition (DSM-III) of the American Psychiatric Association. Applicants must be certified as meeting these criteria by a qualified professional in the psychiatric or psychological fields.


Possess a valid Tennessee operator license as issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety.




-          Knowledge of the court system and presentation of evidence in court proceedings

-          Knowledge of the campus policies, city, county and state laws

-          Knowledge of modern police practices and methods used in crime investigations and the identification and presentation of physical evidence

-          Knowledge of the geographic area of the campus

-          Knowledge of the principles and practices of security supervision

-          Knowledge of the campus and local area provisions for emergency situations

-          Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations and to determine proper course of action

-          Ability to ascertain facts by personal contact, observation, and the examination of records

-          Ability to explain and interpret pertinent provisions of laws, ordinances, and regulations

-          Ability to enforce laws firmly, tactfully and with respect for the rights of others

-          Ability to operate law enforcement equipment necessary in the performance of required duties

-          Ability to meet local area and institutional requirements related to bonding, arrest authority and weapons use

-          Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions

-          Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with students, the public and other employees

-          Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations and to determine proper course of action




Specific working conditions, physical demands and special conditions relative to this position are on file in the Office of Human Resources for your information.



Date                Skill     Evaluation

5/2004              10      733234332



The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position.