UNIVERSITY POLICE OFFICER

4110L1

Pay Grade: 21

DEFINITION OF WORK

Summary

This is commissioned law enforcement work in providing police protection for a regents institution.

Work involves enforcement of laws, rules and regulations applying to the State of Kansas, regents institutions and surrounding municipalities. Patrols an assigned area, exercises full law enforcement powers, conducts criminal investigations, collects evidence and prepares appropriate reports.

Standard Classification Factors

Supervision Received - LEVEL B: "Under general supervision…" Employees working under general supervision usually receive some instructions with respect to the details of most assignments but are free to develop their own work sequences within established procedures, methods and policies. They are often physically removed from their supervisor and subject to only periodic checks.

Difficulty - LEVEL B: Average… Where the employee is confronted with a variety of duties susceptible to different methods of solution which, in turn, places a correspondingly higher demand upon resourcefulness and concentration. Positions which require the analysis and evaluation of raw data and the rendering of conclusions would, in many instances, fall into this category.

Complexity - LEVEL C: Work is of a standardized nature that may involve a variety of duties. Analytical thought becomes more important at this level due to increased data and changing situations. Tasks usually have several steps, some of which may not be directly related. Alternatives may exist for processes or methods to be used in solving problems. Workers at this level exercise a moderate amount of independent judgment. Work is controlled by routine review and reporting to or consultation with supervisors. When guidelines exist at this level, they tend to be more complicated or technical in nature requiring careful interpretation.

Consequence of Actions or Decisions - LEVEL D: Consequences of actions or decisions at this level are significant as the work may be rarely if ever reviewed, making errors difficult to detect. Errors may cause major program failure or a high degree of confusion. Injuries to others due to errors are serious or incapacitating or both and costs due to errors are substantial.

Contacts - LEVEL B: The purpose of the contact is to plan, coordinate and advise on work efforts, interpret guidelines or instructions, elicit opinions or give guidance on the basis of facts to resolve common issues or problems when the information is not sensitive in nature or the individuals or groups are working toward mutual goals and have basically cooperative attitudes. Well developed communication skills are required.

Physical Demands - LEVEL C: The work requires moderate physical exertion.

Environmental Conditions - LEVEL C: The work environment involves hazards, risks or discomforts typical of working with or around machinery with exposed moving parts, irritant chemicals, heavy equipment or abusive or hostile clientele and patients. Exposure to disagreeable weather conditions and extreme levels of temperature, ventilation, lighting and sound are normal. Protective clothing or gear and specific safety standards or procedures may be required. Serious injury is possible.

Supervision/Leadership - LEVEL A: No supervisory or leadership responsibility; may explain work instructions or assist in training others.

Distinguishing Features

Differs from the Safety and Security Officer class series in which the work involves property protection and not exercise of statutory powers.

Differs from the University Police Sergeant class in which the work is supervisory and participatory.

Differs from the University Detective class in which the work involves conducting specialized investigations.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

Observes buildings and offices, streets, etc., while on patrol to determine whether conditions appear in order. Checks exterior of premises for unusual signs which might indicate illegal entry, and speaks to occupants to assure that everything is in order. Identifies locations and times when criminal activity and/or traffic problems are most likely to occur in a particular district.

Responds to emergency situations such as fires, injury accidents, hold up, fire and intrusion alarms, bomb and other threats, and initiates immediate action to control the situation.

Maintains care and control of authorized equipment, vehicles and firearms. Decides when an emergency response is necessary.

Collects, analyzes and verifies information from conversations with persons during patrol activity, emergency situations, and criminal offenses, and assesses the internal consistency and value of the information received. Completes written reports in compliance with departmental procedures, and makes oral reports as needed.

Uses a variety of communication skills and special techniques to interact formally and informally with community groups. Provides information about police policies, procedures and techniques as they affect the public. Maintains good public relations with other law enforcement agencies.

Considers circumstances of an observed or suspected violation of law and determines whether to initiate an investigation or to stop and frisk an individual, or whether probably cause exists to arrest and search an individual incident to the arrest without a warrant, and makes arrest or search.

Directs and controls traffic flow and pedestrian movement on campus. Patrols streets and related areas to see that streets, drives and fire lanes are open and enforces observed traffic violations. Issues University parking citations at institutions where they are used, and issues moving traffic violations into municipal or district courts.

Directs traffic flow at the accident scene, conduct an investigation as to its cause, photographs and sketches diagrams of accidents, and takes appropriate enforcement action.

Performs surveillance operations. Locates, collects, handles and preserves physical evidence. Interviews complainants, witnesses and suspects.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS

Knowledge

Knowledge of departmental rules and regulations.

Knowledge of first aid principles and skill in their application.

Knowledge of area of responsibility including streets, buildings, and areas where more than usual police attention may be required.

*Knowledge of the principles of police work.

Knowledge of the rights of criminally accused.

Knowledge of general law enforcement procedures.

Knowledge of the laws governing search and seizure.

Knowledge of interviewing and interrogation techniques.

Knowledge of surveillance techniques.

Knowledge of the harmful effects and dangers of drug usage.

Knowledge of state and local motor vehicle laws.

Abilities

Ability to qualify with duty weapon on a regular basis.

Ability to observe situations analytically, impartially, and objectively, and to record pertinent information accurately and completely.

*Ability to express one's self clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.

Ability to enforce laws, ordinances and regulations with skill, firmness, tact and impartiality.

*Ability to understand and carry out oral and written orders.

Ability to work independently with or without detailed supervision.

Ability to use and care for police equipment, including firearms and motor vehicles.

Ability to maintain an acceptable level of physical condition.

Ability to interview and/or interrogate others to elicit pertinent information.

*Ability to interact with a variety of individuals to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Ability to accurately recall and to verbally present information concisely.

Ability to evaluate the relative importance of all information received.

*Ability to remain alert over long periods of time.

*Ability to remain calm under stressful conditions.

*Ability to read and comprehend written material for application to daily work.

*Ability to operate a motor vehicle.

*Ability to work long hours under difficult and arduous conditions.

*Necessary at Entry

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

High school diploma or equivalent, valid driver’s license one year experience in general law enforcement. Education in criminal justice, fire science, or law enforcement may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency.

Necessary Special Requirements:  

Must be a United States citizen and at least 21 years of age.  Must complete a basic law enforcement training program recognized by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Commission and obtain certification as a law enforcement officer from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Commission before being given permanent status. At time of appointment, candidate must take and pass a drug screening test approved by the Division of Personnel Services. This class requires the use of a firearm for law enforcement duties and therefore, candidates cannot have been convicted of, and must be free of any diversions from, a felony or misdemeanor domestic violence crime as set forth in 18 U.S.C. § 922 (d) (9) and (g) (9).   

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