Deputized Police Officer - Bureau of Operational Support
Washington University in St. Louis
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Internal Number: JR65421
The work of the commissioned police officer involves responsibility for the protection of life and property, prevention of crime, apprehension of criminals and the general enforcement of laws, ordinances, and University policies. Duties normally consist of routine patrol, preliminary investigation and traffic regulation. Police officers also may be assigned duties as Corporals, detectives, evidence technicians, field training officers, firearms instructors, RAD instructors or special response team officers. Work involves an element of personal danger. The employee must be able to exercise sound independent judgment under stress. Assignments may include work on special tasks, which call upon specialized abilities and knowledge possessed by the officer. Work assignments can be general or specific and instructions are received from a supervisor who reviews work methods and results through reports, personal inspection and discussion.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Crime Prevention and Investigation
Performs preventive patrol in assigned beat.
Continually observes for criminal activity, safety hazards, traffic violations, persons needing assistance, etc.
Becomes and remains familiar with patrol beats, geographic locations, known offenders, neighborhood routines, potential problem areas.
Conducts security inspections and surveys of buildings and businesses and makes recommendations regarding security, etc.
Makes presentations to groups and individuals on subjects related to the jobâ™s tasks and functions.
Handles complaints made by the public.
Observes for, detects and investigates violations of laws, ordinances and University policies and documents those actions for future use.
Conducts interviews and interrogations of victims, witnesses, suspects and offenders.
Conducts searches of person, vehicles, places and things.
Identifies and arrests offenders, including subduing resistive arrestees.
Seeks and serves arrest warrants, search warrants and other court documents.
Assists prosecutors in the preparation of cases for trial.
Appears and testifies in court, juvenile hearings, at deposition sessions and similar proceedings.
Enforces traffic and parking laws, including driving under the influence detection and apprehension.
Controls, regulates and directs vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
Investigates traffic accidents, including protecting the scene, aiding the injured, controlling traffic, clearing the scene, determining the cause, preparing reports and diagrams.
Assists disabled motorists.
Miscellaneous Order Maintenance
Deals with domestic disputes and other interpersonal and business contacts.
Recognizes and corrects or reports public hazards and inconveniences, as gas leaks, traffic signals out of service, traffic obstructions and other safety hazards.
Responds to specific requests for ambulance/fire service and assists as needed.
Administers first aid, including CPR, to sick and injured persons.
Investigates incidents involving dead persons resulting from criminal, accidental, suicidal and natural causes, including determination of the circumstances and handling/removal of the body and dealing with the family, relatives, friends, witnesses, etc.
Investigates reports of lost and found property.
Investigates reports of missing and found persons.
Investigates animal complaints, including the humane disposition of severely injured animals.
Directs and/or supervises civilian employees and the public at the scenes of crimes, accidents, disasters, assemblies, etc.
Generally assists persons in distress.
May perform desk duties, including telecommunications (telephone, computer terminal, radio), assisting persons at the public counter, processing reports.
Conducts background investigations for prospective police applicants.
Attends training as assigned.
Develops and maintains required skills and licenses/permits/certifications associated with area of special instruction, expertise, etc. (Firearms qualification, evidence technician, juvenile law, criminal investigations).
Trains new officers, reserve officers and other officers in areas of special skills or expertise.
Prepares clear, accurate and complete reports on any and all activities engaged in.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Police officer positions involve regular and irregular shift work and shift rotations necessary to provide police services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year (weekends and holidays included).
Work shifts are normally eight (8) to ten (10) hours in duration but may be extended in the event of emergency, disaster, special events, staffing shortage, workload or work-in-progress.
Police officer positions involve exposure to and requires the officer to function in the presence of the following:
Inclement weather, to include extreme heat/cold, rain, snow, wind, etc.
Light conditions associated with day and night.
Fire, smoke, chemical leaks/spills - as close proximity as necessary to provide emergency services.
Personal danger, including but not limited to:
Armed and/or dangerous persons/animals.
Persons and/or articles with contagious/communicable diseases.
Hazards associated with emergency driving, traffic control and working in and around traffic.
Hazards associated with natural and man-made disasters.
Because police officers may be called upon in adverse conditions to come into physical contact with others, the University will not knowingly expose citizens or other employees to an employee infected with a contagious disease that poses a direct threat to others.
Decisions regarding infectious diseases will be based on reasonable medical judgments given the state of medical knowledge about: a) the nature of the risk (how the disease is transmitted), b) the duration of the risk (how long is the carrier infectious), c) the severity of the risk (what is the potential harm to third parties, and d) the probability that the disease would be transmitted and will cause varying degrees of harm. (School Board of Nassau County v. Arline, 480 U.S. 273, 107 s. Ct. 1123, 1987).
The police officer position requires the employee to have and maintain the physical and mental ability needed to:
React and move rapidly from a sedentary to active condition in response to environmental situations or events.
Assume a variety of bodily position and postures necessary to employ available âœcover and concealmentâ during a deadly force encounter.
Respond to a physical attack and possess the ability to escape the attacker and/or summon aid;
Climb stairs and walk for extended periods of time.
Operate a motor vehicle in a safe and prudent manner (possess a Missouri driverâ™s license with less than five chargeable points).
Successfully complete certified bicycle operator training and operate a bicycle.
Successfully complete training in a variety of motorized vehicles (T-3, etc.) and operator motorized vehicles.
Operate and qualify with the Department-issued firearms, utilizing both hands, as well as each hand individually.
Operate office equipment, such as telephones, audio/visual devices, computer or workstation keyboards, calculators and security locking systems.
Operate all equipment necessary for performing routine daily assignments, apprehending and processing criminals and conducting both criminal and traffic-related investigations.
Operate/utilize all Department vehicle mounted equipment whether in a mobile or stationary mode;
Administer first aid, to include Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
Perform required duties for extended periods of time while exposed to adverse conditions, to include time worked in excess of the normal daily duty shift and rotating shift work.
Apprehend suspects to the extent of engaging in foot pursuits while summoning assistance and/or engaging in the necessary use of force.
Discern colors as they are applied in traffic safety situations (electric signals, signing, hazardous materials placards, vehicle and clothing descriptions, etc.).
Adequately judge distances and estimate speed.
See, read and recognize obstacles in a variety of normal and/or emergency environments. Have vision that is correctable to âœDepartment visionâ standards.
Determine or estimate the point of origin of noise.
Recognize/relate sound to situations based on frequencies or voice inflection within the normal range of human hearing.
Employ the normal senses of touch and smell.
The police officer position further requires the employee to have and maintain the physical and mental condition needed to:
Speak, read and write the English language in a clear, understandable fashion.
Reasonably identify and display basic non-verbal communications (body language).
Effectively relate to or communicate with a variety of personality types during interpersonal contacts.
Emotional Psychological Stability
The police officer position requires the employee to have the emotional and psychological stability required to:
Cope with and perform day-to-day duties under the principles of discipline.
Maintain self-control when receiving constructive criticism and/or being ridiculed.
Continue performing all required tasks at a professional level when faced with unpleasant circumstances.
Perform police duties without dependence on alcohol/narcotics.
Deal effectively with the morbid, the macabre, the repugnant, the abnormal, the morose, the psychotic, the neurotic and the otherwise unpleasant or unusual facets or results of human behavior.
One year experience (after academy) as certified Police Officer.
The ideal candidate will have a strong background in public speaking and interaction with the public, a commitment to community policing with an emphasis on customer service, and a desire to contribute and provide leadership within the WUPD.
The ideal candidates will also have a strong ability to establish rapport with members of a diverse campus community, establishing partnerships and exchange of ideas and information used to address campus community concerns.
Must be currently certified as a Police Officer in a 1st Class County in Missouri; or be currently enrolled in a certified police academy to obtain certification as a Police Office in a 1st Class County in Missouri; or if candidate is from out of state, provide documentation from the Missouri POST Commission certifying the candidate is eligible to be tested for the position of Police Officer in a 1st Class County in Missouri.
Applicants in an academy or from out of state must obtain their certification prior to their start date.
An Associate's degree or 64 semester credit hours from an accredited university or college â“ both require a cumulative average letter grade of "C" or a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent; or High school diploma or equivalent high school certification with eighteen months full-time prior police experience or two years military service.
Must possess a valid Missouri or Illinois driver's license by date of employment. Must be free from conviction of a Felony or Class "A" Misdemeanor. US Citizen. 21 years of age. Must be able to pass a physical agility test.
$24.24 - $37.58 / HourlyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the Universityâ™s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment â“ fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.
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