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Police Officer

Institution name: Central Michigan University Police Department

Title: Police Officer

Job location: MI

Job category: Officer positions

Posting date: 2022-10-31 00:00:00

End date: 2023-01-31 00:00:00

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Position Description Information

This is a sworn law enforcement position that involves protecting life and property through enforcement of laws, ordinances, and policy. Work involves responding to emergency and non-emergency police calls for service, responsibility for performing assigned police work of varying difficulty utilizing community oriented/problem solving techniques which include community engagement, resource development, the enforcement of laws and ordinances, crime prevention, detection and investigation, apprehension of violators, preservation of order, and related police functions.

Required Qualifications

Associates degree or equivalent combination of education and experience

Current MCOLES certification or certifiable pending academy graduation

Possession of a valid driver’s license

Possession of the physical capabilities necessary to perform the duties of the position

Ability to successfully complete training to become a certified LEIN computer system operator

Demonstrated ability to accurately complete written reports

Must possess maturity of judgment and ability to act with tact and restraint while utilizing resolutions techniques

Demonstrated positive interpersonal skills

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and project a positive image


Preferred Qualifications              

Bachelor’s Degree

One year of increasingly responsible work experience in public safety

Experience working in a higher education environment


Duties & Responsibilities             

The essential duties of the patrol officer are divided into nine main functional areas: communication, decision-making, staff assistance, investigation/interrogation, planning and organizing, patrolling, controlling situations, equipment used, and policies and procedures.

Communication Activities

Interacts and communicates with the public, co-workers, staff, students, and other police departments

Reports complaints, unusual and/or hazardous conditions, broken/damaged equipment and other emergency information

Enters, transcribes, records, stores, or maintains information in either written form or by electronic/magnetic recording

Completes daily logs/work records

Dispatches personnel to calls for service

May testify in court

Decision-Making Activities

Reviews facts, literature, law books, etc., to draw conclusions regarding if laws have been broken or to determine if an arrest is warranted

Observes and analyzes situations to determine appropriate responses

Uses evidence collected at accident and emergency scenes to draw valid conclusions

Reviews policy and procedural guidelines, manuals, and department records to determine appropriateness and conformance with rules and regulations

Makes decisions on whether to terminate a vehicle pursuit

Staff Assistance Activities

Provides back up for other officers

Provides general assistance to other police officers, supervisors and other agencies

Assists new officers in adapting to the department and instructs them in policing techniques

Assists others in specialized areas of professional police work

Investigation and Interrogation Activities

Investigates crimes and motor vehicle accidents

Reviews criminal and non-criminal reports

Collects evidence at accident and crime scenes by photographing, recording information, drawing diagrams and lifting fingerprints

Administers blood alcohol, chemical and/or urine tests

Fingerprints people

Seizes and/or transports vehicles, evidence and/or property

Applies for and verifies warrants

Follows up on pending case investigations

May coordinate investigation process

Interviews victims and witnesses

Interrogates criminal suspects and prisoners

Planning and Organizing Activities

Develops plans to accomplish work

Organizes time to meet assignment deadlines

Patrolling Activities

Patrols campus

Locates emergency scenes

Cites for traffic and other law violations

Completes accident reports

Assists motorists with car problems

Directs and controls traffic

Controls parking at special events

Cleans and fuels patrol car

Provides security during transportation of large sums of cash and/or other valuables

Maintains key control and/or access to secure and restricted locations

Provides 24-hour escort service to students, faculty, staff, and guests of the university

Controlling Situations/Activities

Protects property from unnecessary damage

Calms distraught persons at emergency scenes

Responds to violence and crime scenes

Responds to disturbance calls

Enforces laws and coverage of special events such as sporting events and concerts

Restrains suspects and makes arrests when appropriate

Provides medical assistance to the injured or sick

Establishes barricades around event parameters

Performs crown control activities

Participates in building checks

Equipment Use

Patrol officers may use the following machines and equipment:

Telecommunication equipment (e.g., phone, CB)

Radar gun


Video/audio recording equipment (e.g., copier, facsimile, computer)

Emergency/first aid equipment (e.g., defibrillator, fire extinguisher)



Chemical substance (e.g., pepper spray)

Security checking devices

Policies and Procedures

In addition to the above activities, patrol officers are required to follow department rules and regulations. These include:

Keeping appointments with interdepartmental meetings, court dates, pre-trial conferences, and training sessions

Maintaining standards of appearance such as uniform, well-groomed hair and hygiene and physical fitness

Completing legal forms and documents

Obeying state laws and department regulations under normal and emergency situations

Participating in training

Provides security and protection services to the community by patrolling assigned areas or buildings to enforce policies and procedures, which may include security of individual building/stationary locations

Responds to emergencies by assessing the situation, employing tact, diplomacy, and individual judgment to remedy and/or maintain control

May require incumbent to provide on-site lead supervision over student service officers who may be present

Deters, restrains and/or arrests individuals attempting to inflict physical harm on themselves or others or to commit criminal acts

Completes necessary administrative form/reports related to incidents and/or arrests, to include gathering pertinent information from participants and/or witnesses and organizing it in a logical written form

Assists security director and/or lieutenant to conduct investigations or special projects as requested

Maintains regular communication with student service officers to obtain information about unusual and/or suspicious situations

Appears in court regarding incidents that occur in the university community when necessary

Provides traffic control during scheduled activities or during emergency situations as necessary

Enforces parking rules and regulations

Provides emergency first aid and/or CPR to injured persons, or assists in the transportation of ill or injured persons when necessary

Attends internal and/or external training courses, classes and seminars to further develop protection service skills and knowledge

Provides basic information and directions to students, faculty, staff and/or the general public

Provides superiors with daily activity reports/summaries related to the overall training and performance of student service officers

Maintains positive relations with external law enforcement agencies to obtain or exchange relevant protection service information

Provides programs and presentations which promote safety and security to students, faculty and staff

Performs other work-related duties as requested

Supervision Exercised    


Location              Mount Pleasant, MI

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