Public Safety Officer

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

Position Title: Public Safety Officer  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

57000 - Public Safety

Advertised Salary: $23.56 - $28.90 hourly rate pursuant to the FSU and Public Safety Officers/POLC Agreement  
FLSA: Non-Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: Public Safety Officers (Police Officers Labor Council)  
Term of Position: 12 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: Just Cause  
Summary of Position: The Public Safety Officer is a sworn law enforcement position which involves protecting life and property,and the preservation of peace and good order through the enforcement of laws, ordinances, and policy.Duties include responding to emergency and non-emergency police calls for service, responsibility for performing assigned police work of varying degree of difficulty, utilizing community-oriented/problem-solving techniques which include community engagement, resource development, the enforcement of laws and ordinances, crime prevention, detection and investigation, apprehension of violators, and other related police functions.  
Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: High School Diploma or GED  
Required Work Experience: None  
Required Licenses and Certifications: Applicants must be currently MCOLES certified or licensable as a police officer as defined by MCOLES at time of hire.
Possession of a valid driver’s license.
Physical Demands:
  • Bending
  • Inclement Weather
  • Moving
  • Reaching
  • Sitting
  • Twisting
  • Driving
  • 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: The duties and job descriptions for a Patrol Officer position at Ferris State University have been categorized under the below headings:
Communication Activities
• Interacts and communicates with the public, co-workers, staff, students, and other police departments
• Reports complaints, unusual and/or hazardous conditions, broken/damaged equipment and other emergency information
• Enters, transcribes, records, stores, or maintains information in either written form or by electronic/magnetic recording
• Completes daily logs/work records
• May testify in court
Decision-Making Activities
• Reviews facts, literature, law books, etc., to draw conclusions regarding if laws have been broken or to determine if an arrest is warranted
• Observes and analyzes situations to determine appropriate responses
• Uses evidence collected at accident and emergency scenes to draw valid conclusions
• Reviews policy and procedural guidelines, manuals, and department records to determine appropriateness and conformance with rules and regulations
• Makes decisions on whether to terminate a vehicle pursuit
Staff Assistance Activities
• Provides back up for other officers
• Provides general assistance to other police officers, supervisors and other agencies
• Assists new officers in adapting to the department and instructs them in policing techniques
• Assists others in specialized areas of professional police work
Investigative Activities
• Investigates crimes and motor vehicle accidents
• Reviews criminal and non-criminal reports
• Collects evidence at accident and crime scenes by photographing, recording information, drawing diagrams and lifting fingerprints
• Administers blood alcohol, chemical and/or urine tests
• Fingerprints people
• Seizes and/or transports vehicles, evidence and/or property
• Applies for and verifies warrants
• Follows up on pending case investigations
• May coordinate investigation process
• Interviews victims and witnesses
• Interrogates criminal suspects and prisoners
Planning and Organizing Activities
• Develops plans to accomplish work
• Organizes time to meet assignment deadlines
Patrolling Activities
• Patrols campus
• Locates emergency scenes
• Cites for traffic and other law violations
• Completes accident reports
• Assists motorists with car problems
• Directs and controls traffic
• Controls parking at special events
• Cleans and fuels patrol car
• Provides security during transportation of large sums of cash and/or other valuables
• Maintains key control and/or access to secure and restricted locations
• Provides 24-hour escort service to students, faculty, staff, and guests of the university
Controlling Situations/Activities
• Protects property from unnecessary damage
• Calms distraught persons at emergency scenes
• Responds to violence and crime scenes
• Responds to disturbance calls
• Enforces laws and coverage of special events such as sporting events and concerts
• Restrains suspects and makes arrests when appropriate
• Provides medical assistance to the injured or sick
• Establishes barricades around event parameters
• Performs crowd control activities
• Participates in building checks
Equipment Use
• Patrol officers may use the following machines and equipment:
• Telecommunication equipment (e.g., phone, 800Mhz MPSC Radio)
• Radar unit
• Handcuffs
• Video/audio recording equipment (e.g., copier, facsimile, computer)
• Emergency/first aid equipment (e.g., defibrillator, fire extinguisher)
• Firearms
• Chemical substance (e.g., pepper spray)
• Security checking devices
Policies and Procedures
In addition to the above activities, patrol officers are required to follow department rules and regulations.These include:
• Keeping appointments with interdepartmental meetings, court dates, pre-trial conferences, and training sessions
• Maintaining standards of appearance such as uniform, well-groomed hair and hygiene and physical fitness
• Completing legal forms and documents
• Obeying state laws and department policies under normal and emergency situations
• Participating in training
• Provides security and protection services to the community by patrolling assigned areas or buildings to enforce policies and procedures, which may include security of individual building/stationary locations
• Responds to emergencies by assessing the situation, employing tact, diplomacy, and individual judgment to remedy and/or maintain control
• May require incumbent to provide on-site lead supervision over student service officers who may bepresent
• Deters, restrains and/or arrests individuals attempting to inflict physical harm on themselves or others or to commit criminal acts
• Completes necessary administrative form/reports related to incidents and/or arrests, to include gathering pertinent information from participants and/or witnesses and organizing it in a logical written form
• Maintains regular communication with student service officers to obtain information about unusual and/or suspicious situations
• Appears in court regarding incidents that occur in the university community when necessary
• Provides traffic control during scheduled activities or during emergency situations as necessary
• Enforces parking rules and regulations
• Provides emergency first aid and/or CPR to injured persons, or assists in the transportation of ill orinjured persons when necessary
• Attends internal and/or external training courses, classes and seminars to further develop protection service skills and knowledge
• Provides basic information and directions to students, faculty, staff and/or the general public
• Provides superiors with daily activity reports/summaries related to the overall training and performance of student service officers
• Maintains positive relations with external law enforcement agencies to obtain or exchange relevant protection service information
• Provides programs and presentations which promote safety and security to students, faculty and staff
• Performs other work-related duties as requested
• Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.
• Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationshipswith students, faculty, staff and community members.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities:    
Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Ability to maintain positive interpersonal relationships with students, faculty, staff, visitors, and fellow work associates.
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants:    
Initial Application Review Date:
April 1, 2024  
Open Until Position is Filled?: Yes  
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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