Police Officer

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 470900 - Police
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Support Staff
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.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

Mississippi State University Police Department is charged with providing for the safety of all the students, faculty, staff, and guests who attend class, work, live, and visit our campus, and with the security of university buildings and property. The department provides a comprehensive array of law enforcement services through a dedicated staff of more than 34 sworn, state commissioned police officers and 16 full-time support personnel. All MSU Police Officers are certified by the Mississippi Peace Officers Minimum Standards Commission and have the same authorities and must meet the same expectations as law enforcement officers in any community. MSU Police Dept. is accredited by both CALEA and the MS Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.

Area of Specialization:

Campus Law Enforcement

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 fitness assessment (see instructions for applying below for details). Must be able to pass a written 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 (including nights), 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:

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.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

PASSING BOTH A PHYSICAL FITNESS AND WRITTEN ASSESSMENT ARE REQUIRED FOR UNCERTIFIED APPLICANTS. The Physical Fitness Assessment is waived for CERTIFIED applicants ONLY. Upon review of the applications, qualified candidates will be emailed detailed information about the required assessments including when they will be scheduled. The scoring scale for the Physical Fitness Assessment can be found under the “About” tab and “Employment Opportunities” (right side of page) on or by copying and pasting this link into your browser: chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/

Along with the application, documentation of a high school diploma (or equivalent) is required. CERTIFIED applicants must provide a copy of their current law enforcement certificate.

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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