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Job Summary: The Furman University Police Department (FUPD) is the primary department charged with creating a safe and secure environment at Furman University. FUPD operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. University Police Officers provides law enforcement, security, public and traffic safety services in an authentic community policing environment. University Police Officers are state certified, commissioned law enforcement professionals reporting directly to a shift sergeant. Officers conducts patrols of campus, investigate or assists with investigations, complete incident reports, assist with prosecutions and testify in court, conduct campus security inspections and secure campus facilities, direct and assist with traffic control, respond to emergencies, and maintain the public trust through positive and effective public relations.
Among other duties University Police Officers are expected to:
1. Protect life and property through the enforcement of state laws and university regulations. 2. Proactively patrol assigned areas, address observed public safety situations, and respond to calls for service. 3. Monitor and investigate suspicious activity in order to prevent crime and apprehend criminals. 4. Investigate suspected violations of criminal law and university policy. 5. Complete incident reports, aid in the prosecution of crimes, and testify in court as required. 6. Collect, process, and store property and evidence. 7. Conduct campus security inspections, lock and unlock facilities, monitor and control access to campus and buildings, respond to alarms, inspect facilities and initiate work orders for inoperative or faulty security and safety equipment. 8. Enforce traffic law and campus parking and traffic policies, respond to and investigate traffic collisions, direct traffic, assist motorists, and conduct personal escorts. 9. Provide public safety services and crowd control at special events and campus activities. 10. Participate in crime prevention and crime reduction programs, attend community meetings on problem resolution and service support representing the department. 11. Maintain positive and effective public relations in support of the department and university while in the performance of their duties. 12. Make arrests in accordance with state and federal law and pursuant to department policy, and conduct searches and seizures pursuant to the Fourth Amendment and department policy. 13. Perform emergency services to include but not limited to: first-aid, CPR, AED, and Narcan administration; respond to fires and fire alarms; correct and/or report fire and safety hazards; respond to natural and man-made disasters, severe weather problems, and other emergency incidents. 14. Pursue professional development and participate in orientation training, in-service training, field training, and off campus training programs necessary to maintain SCCJA certification, and to enhance professional skills and performance as required by the Chief of Police. 15. Serve as a campus security authority and assist the department with compliance with The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. 16. Complete additional tasks as assigned by the supervisor which may include assignments to other duties such as dispatcher, office work, community service staff functions, work in plain clothes assignments, participate in stake-outs or assist training officer.
Continuous contact with members of own work unit, immediate supervisor, members of other departments, students, general public, and officials/representatives of outside agencies and organizations to exchange factual information and explanation of rules, regulations, practices or functions.
Responsibility for Final Decisions:
Tasks involve multiple procedures with interrelated processes or steps. Work involves choosing the appropriate option or procedure to follow and applying established rules and procedures.
Errors are readily detected in the normal course of work by standard check or crosscheck.
Reports To: Shift Sergeant.
Work is performed independently on routine work, non-routine issues or questions are referred to the supervisor.
Must possess a high school diploma or GED recognized by SLED and the SC Criminal Justice Academy (SCCJA).
Must have or obtain a valid SC Driver's License and a good driving record.
Must pass department background investigation.
Must have successfully completed the SCCJA basic law enforcement academy, or have the ability to complete the SCCJA basic academy within one year of date of hire.
Must be able to successfully obtain a commission from SLED.
Must successfully complete department field training program.
Must possess or obtain South Carolina voter's registration card as required by SLED.
Completes physical examination as required by the SCCJA.
Effective verbal communication skills and ability to de-escalate conflicts.
Critical thinking skills and ability to exercise good discretion, judgement and decision making.
Exposure to violence and physical confrontations.
Safe operation of a motor vehicle.
Use of firearms, less lethal weapons, and other special equipment.
Frequent reaching and handling.
Frequent lifting and carrying.
Occasional crouching and crawling.
Occasional climbing and balancing.
Occasional stooping and kneeling.
Occasional walking, standing, and running.
Work is performed during all weather conditions.
12-hour rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays.
Some overtime required as needed to support daily operations, special security assignments and event support.
Depending on qualifications and experience, applicants may be required to successfully complete the following before selection:
Written cognitive ability test
Physical ability test as required by the SCCJA
Oral board interview
Polygraph or other test to verify truthfulness
Background investigation and criminal records check
The Furman University Police Department is committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect. We demonstrate compassion towards those in distress, protect those who are victims of crime or unjustly oppressed, and exercise discretion in the enforcement of the law. The Department executes its duties with strict integrity; treating others as we want to be treated; faithfully adhering to the spirit of our Constitution, state laws, department policies, and Furman University's core values. The Department commits to pursuing these values with courage, moderation, wisdom, and humility.
The Furman's police department offers competitive wages and shift differentials in a beautiful university community setting. The university offers a wide range of affordable and comprehensive benefits including shift differentials, paid holidays, medical and dental coverage, retirement contributions, tuition benefits, and more. For more information regarding the university's benefits please visit https://www.furman.edu/offices-services/human-resources/benefits/.
Job Posting End Date (if date is blank, posting is open ended):
Furman is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits.
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