The Michigan State University Police Department invites applicants interested in working for a progressive, growing, full-service police department. MSU Police Officers are expected to uphold the highest standards of conduct while protecting our community and taking proactive measures to prevent crime. Officers patrol a nearly 13 square mile campus mixed with urban and rural elements. Community policing is strongly emphasized through a neighborhood model
An MSU Police Officer is assigned to day shift patrol (6a-6p) or night shift patrol (6p-6a). Shifts will vary and include work on weekends and holidays. This position is paid monthly per the pay scale as outlined in the FOP collective bargaining agreement.
To enhance the safety and security of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Patrol land governed by MSU Board of Trustees on foot, motorcycle, bicycle or patrol vehicle utilizing State laws and University Ordinances.
Preserve law and order, prevent crime, and protect life and property of students, faculty, staff and visitors.
Affect an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints in accordance with department-approved tactics.
Pursue fleeing subjects on foot, bicycle or patrol vehicle in accordance with department policy and procedure.
Perform investigations and conduct legal searches of subjects to detect potential weapons or illegal contraband.
Operate an emergency vehicle during both day and night shift hours; in emergency and pursuit situations involving speeds in excess of the posted speed limit, while exercising due care and caution; and in congested traffic, hazardous road conditions, and environmental conditions, including but not limited to, fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow, within the guidelines set forth by department policy and procedure.
Communicate clearly and effectively over law enforcement radio channels while responding to calls for service and self-initiating activity. Must be able to effectively communicate, read, and write in English.
Load, aim, and fire handguns, rifles, and other agency-specific firearms from a variety of positions in training and real life scenarios that justify the use of deadly force while regulating emotions under extreme stress.
Ability to maintain composure during rapidly evolving situations involving potentially uncooperative subjects.
Ability to deescalate situations with proper verbal commands and appropriately articulating and acting upon situations that require elevating use of force within department policy and procedure.
Must possess adequate word processing skills in order to prepare written reports utilizing proper spelling and grammar. Must also have reasonable computer skills as many functions of patrol utilize various computer software programs.
Effectively carry out community team policing functions such as: office hours, alcohol awareness programs, and other various events to strengthen our bond with the community in which we serve.
Participate in training sessions such as: legal update, defensive tactics, firearms, and various other annual training requirements in accordance with Michigan State University.
Physically exert oneself in the performance of police officer duties such as: climb stairs, jump over walls, run, bend, twist, reach, crawl, kneel, sit for prolonged periods, move/push/pull/lift heavy objects/persons potentially exceeding 50lbs in weight.
Must accept and understand the nature of law enforcement as a 24-hour on-call profession for emergencies as deemed by the Chief or his designee.
Must understand that with very few exceptions, every home football game is a mandatory workday for MSU police officers. Other events such as March Madness, large concerts, or any additional event determined by the Police Chief may require a mandatory workday for civil disorder duties.
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program, or attainment of degree within six months of hire; six months to one year of related and progressively more responsible work experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Certified as a Police Officer in the State of Michigan
Certifiable as a Police Officer in the State of Michigan, subject to verification or re-verification by a Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) approved training academy
Currently enrolled in an MCOLES approved training academy and certifiable by date of hire
Must be at least 21 years of age.
Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited higher education institution
Must not have any prior felony convictions (including expunged), domestic assaults, alcohol related arrests (Drunk & Disorderly, Open Intoxicants, Minor in Possession, Operating While Intoxicated, etc. within last two years), two or more misdemeanor appearances (within last five years)
Must possess good moral character as determined by a favorable comprehensive background investigation covering but not limited to:
Prior Employment History
Extensive Records Check (locally, nationally and worldwide, if applicable)
Military History (if applicable)
MSU EEO/AA Statement
Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Job applicants are considered for employment opportunities and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status
Required Application Materials
Michigan State University Application
Clearly indicate MCOLES status
12-Hour Shifts, 6:00AM-6:00PM or 6:00PM-6:00AM and will rotate throughout the year.
Summary of Physical Demands
Everyday demands of being a Police Officer
Summary of Health Risks
May wear a respirator
Internal Number: 535785
About Michigan State University
Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.Together, we tackle some of the world?s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better?from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.The nation?s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world?on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we?re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.