Police Officer

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 470900 - Police
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Performs a variety of police duties in enforcing laws, rules, and regulations to protect lives and property associated with the university.

Salary Grade:  12

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.

Department Profile:

In support of the mission of Mississippi State University, the MSU Police Department seeks to provide the highest quality of law enforcement services to students, faculty, staff, and visitors emphasizing education, environment, and enforcement as instruments to positively influence student development, healthy lifestyles, and safety within our community.

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Anticipated Appointment Date:

February 15, 2024

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Patrols assigned area checking for crimes, prowlers, fires, or other unusual, suspicious, or hazardous occurrences. Notifies supervisor and/or proper authorities of unusual, suspicious, or hazardous events. Regulates pedestrian and vehicular traffic; investigates traffic accidents and completes appropriate reports; issues citations for traffic law violations; and assists with regulation of parking. Provides security for special university events. Apprehends, arrests, and files charges on suspects when appropriate. Testifies in court or at administrative hearings concerning violations and offenses. Provides escort for bank deposits or money transfers within the university. Completes oral and written or computerized reports related to department activities. Provides emergency services and temporary first aid treatment as required. Investigates incidents that are violations of the law, university's rules, or the Student Code of Conduct, or that may be of interest to the university. Provides motorist assists, escorts, or other non-emergency services as directed. Performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or equivalent. Must successfully complete training from the State Law Enforcement Academy. Must successfully complete the Field Training Officer Program. Good physical condition as evidenced by successfully passing a physical test based upon the Mississippi State Law Enforcement Academy's physical assessment. Must be 21 years of age. Must be a US citizen. Must successfully pass a background investigation. Two years of successful work experience in a public-contact occupation. Must be able to work rotating shifts, out-of-doors, and in a variety of assignments including foot, vehicle, and bicycle patrol. Must be able to deal with stressful situations, including life-threatening incidents. Must not object to using force against another person when legally justified.

Preferred Qualifications:

Two years of successful work experience in a public-contact occupation. Education beyond the minimum requirement. One year of prior law enforcement work experience. Knowledge and skill in computer applications.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Must be able to work rotating shifts (including nights), out-of-doors, and in a variety of assignments including foot, vehicle, and bicycle patrol.

It is imperative to the job function that a police officer be physically fit and able to cope with certain physical stresses that are encountered by police officers on a daily basis.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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