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Office of Human Resources

East Tennessee State University

Title Code: 7428

Occ. Group: 

Public Safety Officer 3

Skill Level:10

FLSA Status:  Non-exempt

IPEDS: 705

Expectations for All Employees

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 COMMITMENT to intellectual achievement is embraced.

Job Purpose

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

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

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.

Supplemental Functions

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

Direction Received

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

Direction Given

Supervising general police work

Job Specifications

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, Skills, Abilities and Worker Characteristics

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

Working Conditions/Physical Demands/Special Conditions

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. 

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