With minimal supervision from the Department leadership, a police officer is an essential University employment position responsible for enforcing laws (federal, state or local), University Traffic and Parking Regulations and violations of the code of conduct throughout the campus, as authorized by Texas Statutes. The police officer serves as an ambassador for the University serving the community in a joint effort, where University Police Department members, students, faculty, staff, visitors and neighbors of St. Mary's University create the reality of a safe and secure environment for this higher education community founded by the Society of Mary.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
- Conduct proactive patrol of all campus property by foot, bicycle and/or motor vehicle in order to deter crimes against persons and property.
- Will utilize appropriate University, Local, State, Federal databases, for wants/warrants, criminal histories and other authorized databases as authorized or required.
- Detect violations of Federal, State, local laws and, University policies. Take appropriate actions in accordance with those laws, the Texas code of Criminal Procedure, and department policies and procedures.
- Enforce parking regulations and issue citations as required.
- Enforce Texas State Traffic Laws and issue citations as required.
- Complete computer based incident reports in accordance with standard department policies and procedures. Report all violations of laws, college rules and regulations, suspicious persons and circumstances, enforcement activities and unsafe conditions or hazards.
- Respond to calls for assistance from students, faculty, staff, administration, visitors and neighboring law enforcement/emergency service agencies.
- Ensure that campus facilities are locked and unlocked in accordance with standard operating procedures.
- Escort community members to and from buildings and parking lots as requested.
- Must be able to work holidays, weekends, shifts (Day, Evening, Nights) based upon University/ Department needs.
- Subject to recall during declared emergencies or special events.
- Mandatory over-time or schedule adjustment based upon Department needs is possible.
- Other responsibilities and duties as normally associated with or require Law Enforcement in a higher educational setting.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Ability to follow policies/procedures and general directions of supervisor staff.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: None
- Possess positive interpersonal communication skills. Attitude must be proactive, customer service oriented with a systems thinking approach. Creativity and positive learning skills are important.
- Possess an understanding of higher education and sensitivity to the customer service/community policing law enforcement model as it relates to an educational setting.
- Ability to respond professionally to inquiries, concerns and, complaints from various constituencies of the University.
- Ability to provide positive leadership.
- Accept and support the Universities Guiding Principles, as well as the Vision, Mission, Values and Goals of the University and Police Department.
- No criminal arrests over a class B misdemeanor and/ or Family Violence conviction.
- Must meet the qualifications of the University insurance carrier to operate a motor vehicle.
- Possess effective report writing skills using computer software program.
- Computer literate in Windows Office environment.
EDUCATION: High School Diploma or GED required. Associate's Degree or higher degree preferred. Must have a valid Texas Driver's License, or ability to obtain one, with a favorable driving record.
EXPERIENCE: Must be a certified Peace Officer as established by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards for Education (TCLEOSE). Experience in law enforcement preferred.
CERTIFICATION: TCLEOSE Peace Officer certification. Must be bondable.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Position requires sitting, standing, walking, bicycle riding, running and possibly physical exertion.
NOTE: It is a requirement for continued employment of any commissioned Peace Officer or non-commissioned University Service Associates at the St. Mary's University Police Department that the officer maintains fitness for duty as outlined in Policy 18 of the St. Mary's University Police Department policy manual.
Candidate must be available to work all shifts. In the event of an emergency incident impacting the University's operation, must be available for emergency recall back to duty at a moment's notice
A Standardized written test will be administered as a part of the hiring process.
An approved physical test will be administered as a part of the hiring process.
An approved computer literacy and additional skills testing will be administered as a part of the hiring process.