Officers are guardians of the students, faculty/staff members and visitors on our campus. They will enforce University regulations, and city and state laws as they apply on University property and designated areas, as well as being involved in several crime prevention programs initiated by the UPD.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Essential Duties: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Patrols assigned area on foot, bicycle, or in patrol car to prevent, discover, and deter the commission of crime, enforce university rules and regulations, provide personal and property security and traffic law enforcement.
Observes and makes note of suspicious persons, possible violators, hazardous conditions or unusual situations.
Checks buildings and property following security procedures; locks entry-ways and points of access as scheduled, takes notes and reports evidence of damage and possible break-ins.
Observes public or student gatherings and analyzes developments to determine need for action.
Responds to emergency alarms and dispatched calls regarding a variety of services including: illness, accidents, disturbances, crime and other acts against persons or property, animal control, and motorist assistance. Provides necessary assistance and takes appropriate action based on analysis of situation and facts.
Assists in parking patrol activities including issuing citations and ordering vehicle removals. Performs traffic control duties, directing automobile and pedestrian traffic to maintain safe and efficient flow. Issues warnings or citations to drivers when violations of motor vehicle laws are observed. May administer field sobriety tests.
Conducts preliminary investigations of incidents as necessary; collects and preserves physical evidence, protects crime scene, interviews suspects and witnesses, and file appropriate reports as directed by federal, state or local legal requirements. Prepares court cases and provides legal testimony in response to subpoena as witness and / or reporting officer.
May arrest individuals and take into custody. Processes arrested individuals by taking photographs, obtaining fingerprints, and writing arrest reports; transports violators to jail.
Provides escort service for designated individuals and money messengers, and assists with special events on campus.
Renders first aid as needed, following prescribed procedures and victim / personal safety precautions.
Takes and writes incident / accident reports, including those of missing / stolen property and criminal activity.
Provides general assistance and information to students, staff and members of the public.
Assists federal, state, county and city law enforcement authorities as requested or dispatched by the central office.
Prepares and files daily activity reports of disturbances, accidents, crimes and tickets issued in prescribed format.
May prepare and process documents such as citations, complaints, affidavits, and warrants.
May serve in the capacity of field training officer.
May assist with UPD initiated prevention programs such as Green Dot, ALICE, and Women's Self-Defense. Participation in these programs is largely voluntary.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES.Limited supervision will be exercised over assigned probationary officer(s) while acting in the capacity of a field training officer. Supervision of crime scene / criminal incident as first responder until relieved by a designated supervisor. Additional supervision of others may be exercised as specified by the Chief of Police or member of department management.
Education, Experience, and Licenses
Must be at least 21 years of age. High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required. Successful completion of the Missouri 600 hour police academy required for hiring as commissioned officer. Advanced levels of education preferred. Depending upon department staffing levels, Missouri POST certification may be required as a condition of employment, or designated as required to be obtained within a reasonable period after employment. When POST certification is required, the employee must maintain all the continuing education requirements to remain POST certified as a condition of continued employment. Commission to active officer duties will begin after certification is obtained.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
QUALIFICATIONS. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE. Must be at least 21 years of age. High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required. Successful completion of the Missouri 600 hour police academy required for hiring as commissioned officer. Advanced levels of education preferred. Depending upon department staffing levels, Missouri POST certification may be required as a condition of employment, or designated as required to be obtained within a reasonable period after employment. When POST certification is required, the employee must maintain all the continuing education requirements to remain POST certified as a condition of continued employment. Commission to active officer duties will begin after certification is obtained.
LANGUAGE SKILLS. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and procedures manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of students, employees, law enforcement representatives and members of the public.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS. Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
REASONING ABILITY. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS. Valid driver's license and the ability to meet university insurance requirements for driving university owned or leased vehicles. A safe driving record is required while a driving record without violations / summonses / arrests is preferred.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES. Ability to perform in a calm, pleasant, professional manner combined with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels. Must have the ability to effectively use a computer and a multi-channel police radio console.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear including the use of a telephone and radio equipment. The employee frequently is required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel including the use of computer terminals; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; sit; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
In addition, beginning January 5, 2022, officers must successfully complete new physical fitness activities to prove they are fit for duty: 50-yard run (to simulate chasing to apprehend a criminal suspect), dummy drag (to simulate pulling a fellow officer to safety), and stair climbing (to simulate a building evacuation incident).
WORK ENVIRONMENT. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
NOTICE: The above job profile does not include all essential and nonessential duties of this job. All employees with disabilities are encouraged to contact Human Resources to review and discuss the essential and nonessential functions of the job. An employee with a disability can evaluate the job in greater detail to determine if she/he can safely perform the essential function of this job with or without reasonable accommodation.
Missouri Southern State University is a four year liberal arts public institution serving more than 5,000 students in over 140 academic programs offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. Internationally-focused semesters and enriching cultural events in theatre, art, music and film create an engaging learning environment for students and citizens of the region. MSSU is located in Joplin, MO, which is considered to be the Crossroads of America, and serves as the commercial hub for the four states area. Joplin is a resilient and vibrant city with a population of over 50,000 serving a metropolitan statistical area of 208,000. There is quick and easy access to Northwest Arkansas, Kansas City, and Tulsa, as well as numerous outdoor activities and attractions throughout the Ozarks.