23-49 Police Patrol Officer (Three Vacancies) – Public Safety Department

West Chester University of PA
September 21, 2022
West Chester, PA
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Position Summary

Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania's Public Safety Department invites applicants for Police Patrol Officer positions.

To be considered for the position of Police Patrol Officer, applicants are required to attend a mandatory physical agility testing held on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 8 AM at Farrell Stadium.

WCU proudly offers a positive and purposeful work environment; comprehensive employee benefits including health, vision, and dental insurance along with many wellness programs; a commitment to work-life balance including generous paid vacation, paid sick time, military leave and paid time off for most major holidays; and a University mission to support employee personal and professional growth including a tuition waiver for self and family members, training and development, and advancement opportunities.We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.

The members of the Department of Public Safety are committed to enhancing the university experience by maintaining a safe, orderly, and inviting environment for our diverse students, employees and guests to study, work and enjoy all of what the university has to offer. In partnership with our community, we are committed to being campus guardians and serving our community by treating all with inclusion, respect, compassion, and fairness to provide a safe and secure learning, living, and working environment. The department endeavors to foster an atmosphere in which officers provide a prompt, professional presence to remain aware of and responsive to the diverse community in which they serve, while justly enforcing the rules and regulations of the University and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Under the direction of the Director of Public Safety or the Director's designee, the Patrol Officer provides police services and protection to West Chester University students, employees, property, grounds, facilities, clientele, and the public in a fair and impartial manner.

Responsibilities include:

* Investigates criminal incidents and missing persons cases, acts as custodian of personal property and evidence being held for court presentation and maintains proper records of property, evidence, and automobiles held or impounded
* Conducts high visibility patrols of the campus, either on foot or by vehicle, and/or bike to ensure the security of facilities and the safety of students, staff, and visitors; prevents and deters crime by observation and confrontation of unusual circumstances and individuals
* Takes enforcement action and makes apprehensions as required; completes all necessary documentation including preparation of summonses or warrants, affidavits, reports, referrals, and arrest paperwork; notifies supervisors of all enforcement related actions
* Responds to calls for assistance, fire, burglary alarms, and emergencies on campus
* Completes and files reports
* Assists other local law enforcement at the direction of the senior officer
* Provides security and law enforcement services at University events, provides transportation to students and other visitors to campus
* Files charges for violations of Commonwealth laws and/or enforces vehicle code violations
* Directs traffic, enforces parking regulations, makes arrests, serves warrants, transports prisoners, takes fingerprints, transports funds for University deposits
* Testifies in court, attends arraignments and hearings
* Performs building checks for safety hazards, mechanical problems, and failures and other deficiencies
* Performs other related police duties as assigned.
* The ideal candidate possesses knowledge of the Commonwealth Crimes Code and Vehicle Code, modern police tactics and a firm understanding of the law enforcement guardianship mentality. A successful candidate must embrace the concept of fair and impartial enforcement by providing a prompt, professional presence to remain aware of and responsive to the diverse community in which they serve with respect for the rights of our diverse community.

Minimum Qualifications

Selection Criteria:Minimum Education & Training:

* One year of police experience and formal training in the provisions of basic police services as certified through Act 120 training.
* Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license
* The ability to meet such qualifications regarding strength, agility and health will be required.

Must be at least 21 years of age and a United States citizen to receive Police Commissioning.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

* Knowledge of laws, rules and regulations governing motor vehicle operation and personal conduct for employees or visitors at commonwealth facilities
* Knowledge of Commonwealth provisions for emergency situations
* Knowledge of modern police tactics and community engagement practices
* Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations and to determine proper courses of action
* Ability to enforce laws and regulations fairly while maintaining a respectful demeanor
* Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions
* Experience working with college-age population, parking, and crowd control is preferred.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online athttp://agency.governmentjobs.com/wcupa/default.cfm.Application allows for cover letter and resume attachments.

Applicants must successfullycomplete the agility testing and interview process to be considered as a finalist.

This position requires the ability to work rotating shifts as assigned.

Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU's educational mission. The University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer encouraging diversity. Women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment criminal background checks.

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