University Police Officer, Loyola University New Orleans
The Police Officer provides law enforcement patrol and investigative work in protecting life, property, and assets of Loyola University. Execution of the duties enumerated in Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:1805, et seq. crime prevention and detection, and all other duties connected with law enforcement functions; enforcement of all local, state, and federal laws, and ordinances within the officer’s jurisdiction.
QUALIFICATIONS: High school diploma or G.E.D.; preference given to those with college education and comparable experience; U.S. Citizen or Resident Alien; must have completed training mandated by the State of Louisiana under Revised Statute 17:1805 and any other applicable laws and/or regulations. Must have passed the P.O.S.T. examination given by the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement Peace Officer Standards and Training Council and been awarded certification by that agency; able to qualify for and retain a commission for a University Police Officer issued under authority of the University Police Department. The Loyola University Police Department requires the completion of a detailed application, a criminal record check, and fingerprinting. The decision on issuance or non-issuance of this commission is final unless such denial is based upon incorrect information, which was not supplied by you; must possess a valid Louisiana Driver’s license, subject to approval by the University’s insurance company. University Police Officers are required to enforce the laws/rules and they are exposed to certain temptations to show favoritism, corruption, or unlawful monetary gain. It is a “business necessity” that officers exhibit a history and characteristics of honesty, integrity, reliability, ability to manage personal finances, interpersonal skills, and non-use of illegal drugs. University Police are frequently placed in a position of physical and mental stress. Therefore, a history of mental or physical disability may be grounds for denying employment; or, these factors might be a consideration in the hiring process. Applicants and officers posing a substantial risk of injury to themselves, other officers, and the public are at a substantial disadvantage in the hiring process, and in retaining this position after employment; applicant may be required by the University Police Department to produce other documents to evaluate his/her suitability for the position. Shifts are usually rotated; officers may be involuntarily reassigned to any shift to meet the needs of the university; refusal of a shift change may result in termination; a University Police Officer must maintain a working telephone at his/her residence and immediately notify the University Police Department and Human Resources of any changes; failure to do so may result in termination. Beliefs basically supportive of and compatible with the principles of a Catholic, Jesuit higher education and the goals of Loyola University; must accept and adhere to the department’s mission statement, all pertinent regulations and general orders and all university policies and procedures. Mandatory overtime may be required to meet the needs of the department and/or the university; refusal of such overtime may result in termination. To maintain and improve general proficiency, mandatory training may be required; refusal or failure to attend or complete required training may result in termination.
Physical requirements: The successful applicant and current employee must be able to perform all the job functions of a University Police Officer, unassisted, and at a pace and level of performance consistent with the actual job performance requirement. This requires a high level of physical ability to include hearing, speaking, flexibility and strength. Mandatory pre-employment drug testing is required, and applicants currently using illegal drugs will not be considered for employment. University Police Officers occupy safety-sensitive or security-sensitive positions and must comply with the department’s mandatory random drug testing program. Refusal to be drug tested or testing positive for illegal drugs is grounds for immediate termination. Must be able to stand for long periods of time, for example, directing traffic. Must be able to drive a University Police vehicle during both day and night; in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, etc. Must be able to effect an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints; subdues resisting suspects using maneuvers and weapons and resort to the use of hands and feet and other approved weapons in self-defense. Must be able to communicate effectively and coherently over law enforcement and other radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications. Must be able to endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment. Must be able to pursue fleeing suspects and perform rescue operations which may involve quickly entering and existing patrol vehicles; lifting, carrying and dragging heavy objects, climbing over and pulling oneself up and over obstacles; jumping down from elevated surfaces; climbing through openings; jumping over obstacles, ditches and streams; crawling in confined areas; balancing on uneven or narrow surfaces and using body force to gain entrance through barriers. Must be able to unholster/holster, load, unload, aim, and fire handguns from a variety of body positions under conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force and at levels of proficiency. Must be able to be trained and physically utilize department issued self-defense weapons that include drawing, positioning, striking and applying pressure under conditions that justify their use and at levels of proficiency prescribed. Must be able to perform searches of people, vehicles, buildings, and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time, detaining people and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons. Must be able to conduct visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time with the ability to see and hear clearly and completely to affect this task. Must be able to engage in patrol functions that involve such things as working rotating shifts, walking on foot patrol and physically checking the doors and windows of buildings, including locking and unlocking functions to ensure they are secure. Must be able to perform rescue functions at accidents, emergencies and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time, administering emergency medical aid, lifting, dragging and carrying people away from dangerous situations and securing and evacuating people from particular areas. Psychological testing and evaluation by Loyola University’s Counseling Center is required. Must be able to effectively communicate with people, including juveniles, by giving information and directions, mediating disputes, and advising of rights and processes. Must be able to detect and collect evidence and substances that provide basis of criminal offenses and infractions that indicate the presence of dangerous conditions. Must be able to possess and transport prisoners using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints. Must be able to extinguish small fires by using fire extinguishers and other appropriate means. Must be able to read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits, and warrants, as well as gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects, and confidential informers. Must be able to process arrested suspects to include taking their photographs and obtain a legible set of inked fingerprint impressions. Must be able to handle stress under any condition. Must be able to lift and carry bollards, some weighing up to 37 lbs., as well as pull up and push bollards in place.