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Work type: Staff
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
Categories: Police/Nurse

Position Title: Sergeant  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

57000 - Public Safety

Advertised Salary: $30.22 - $30.37 hourly rate pursuant to the FSU and Public Safety Supervisors/POLC Agreement  
FLSA: Non-Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: Public Safety Supervisors (Police Officers Labor Council)  
Term of Position: 12 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: Just Cause  
Summary of Position: The Sergeant is a first-line supervisor responsible for monitoring the day, afternoon, and midnight shifts and assuming special assignments as directed. The Sergeant embraces the Department of Public Safety’s personnel activities, assigning shift personnel, responding to crime scenes, maintaining records, reviewing and evaluating personnel performance, and developing and implementing strategies that impact area problems. The Sergeant is responsible for the immediate supervision, instruction, coordination, discipline, planning, and control of the activities of the officers and student employees assigned to their shifts. The Sergeant is a crucial advisor to the Assistant Director and Director.  
Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: High School Diploma or GED.  
Required Work Experience: Three (3) years as a fulltime patrol officer.
Ability to maintain positive interpersonal relationships with students, faculty, staff, visitors, and fellow work associates.
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Physical capabilities necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.
Must demonstrate outstanding character traits and a keen understanding of laws and organizational behavior.
Required Licenses and Certifications: MCOLES certified, certifiable, or out of state Law Enforcement Officer to obtain MCOLES certification within two months of hire date.
Ability to obtain Michigan driver’s license within two months of hire date.
Ability to obtain and maintain annual firearms qualification.
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Bending
  • Carrying
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Inclement Weather
  • Moving
  • Reaching
  • Sitting
  • Twisting
  • Balancing
  • Climbing
  • Driving
  • Heights
  • Lifting
  • Pulling/Pushing
  • Repetitive Movement
  • Standing
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: An Associates Degree in Criminal Justice or related field is desirable.  
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: Affect an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints.

Climb over obstacles; climb through openings, jump down from elevated surfaces; jump over obstacles, ditches and streams; and crawl in confined areas to pursue, search, investigate and/or rescue.

Communicate effectively over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications, often under adverse conditions such as siren usage and high-speed vehicle operations.

Communicate verbally and effectively by listening to people and by giving information, directions, and commands.

Conduct searches of buildings and large outdoor areas, which may involve walking and/or standing for long periods of time and which requires the ability to distinguish color and perceive shapes.

Conduct visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.

Enter and exit vehicles quickly to perform rescue operations, pursue a suspect or answer an emergency call.

Exercise independent judgment within legal guidelines, to determine when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest and when force may be used and to what degree.

Gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects and confidential informants.

Load, unload, aim, and fire handguns, shotguns, and other agency firearms from a variety of body positions in situations that justify the use of deadly force while maintaining emotional control under extreme stress.

Manage interpersonal conflicts to maintain order.

Operate an emergency vehicle during both the day and night; in emergency and pursuit situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits while exercising due care and caution and in exception to traffic control devices and in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions and environmental conditions such as fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow.

Perform law enforcement patrol functions while working rotating shifts and unanticipated overtime.

Perform other essential tasks as identified by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.

Perform searches of persons which involve touching and feeling to detect potential weapons and contraband.

Perform tasks, which require lifting, carrying, or dragging people or heavy objects while performing arrest, rescue, or general patrol functions.

Prepare investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations.

Pursue fleeing suspects on foot in both day and night and in unfamiliar terrain.

Read and comprehend rules, regulations, policies, procedures and the law for purposes of ensuring appropriate officer behavior/response and performing enforcement activities involving the public.

Subdue resisting subjects using hands and feet while employing defensive tactics, maneuvers or approved non-lethal weapons.

Use body force to gain entrance through barriers to search, seize, investigate and/or rescue.

Other duties may be assigned.

Crime Prevention: Be aware of property security.

Crime Prevention: Conduct public relations.

Crime Prevention: Investigate all suspicious persons and/or situations.

Crime Prevention: Patrol campus to deter crime.

Demonstrate practical skills: First aid.

Demonstrate practical skills: Interrogations.

Demonstrate practical skills: Use of firearms.

Enforcement Duties: Apprehend violators of federal and state criminal laws and local ordinances.

Enforcement Duties: Conduct accident investigations

Enforcement Duties: Conduct criminal investigations.

Enforcement Duties: Traffic enforcement.

The Sergeant is responsible for the immediate supervision, instruction, coordination, discipline, planning,and control of the activities of the officers and student employees assigned to their shifts.

The Sergeant embraces the Department of Public Safety's personnel activities, assigning shift personnel,responding to crime scenes, maintaining records, reviewing and evaluating personnel performance, anddeveloping and implementing strategies that impact area problems.

Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.

Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationships withstudents, faculty, staff and community members.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities:    
Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity, and inclusion.  
Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants:    
Initial Application Review Date:
August 21st, 2023  
Open Until Position is Filled?: True  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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