5425 Public Safety Officer

POSITION IDENTIFICATION

TITLE Public Safety Officer

CLASSIFICATION NUMBER 5425

GRADE 24

CLASSIFICATION  Nonexempt

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Public Safety Officer, Shift Supervisor

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Assistant Director, Safety

GENERAL FUNCTION

The Public Safety Officer performs safety, loss prevention, parking and traffic control duties within an assigned area of the University campus, conducting regular vehicular, bike, and foot patrols and responding to emergency situations as appropriate.  The Public Safety Officer enforces University parking and traffic regulations, provides directions and information, and renders assistance (including CPR/AED and first aid) to students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus.  The Public Safety Officer is instrumental in crime and theft prevention/reduction through active community policing efforts which include, but are not limited to making building visits, delivering safety and security lectures as required, and having positive interaction with the general student, faculty, and staff population.

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS

Education: A high school diploma or the equivalent is required.

Experience: At least two years of experience is required in positions involving safety and security operations, parking and traffic control, fire prevention or related fields, such as hotel security, airport gate security, department store security, private security firm, parking garage attendants, military police experience (copy of DD214 required). 

Skills: Good oral and written communication skills are required.  Excellent interpersonal skills are required.   Requires the ability to work without constant supervision and within a framework of specific guidelines.  Must have a knowledge of methods and procedures related to public safety activities, including patrol, crime prevention, criminal investigation, and traffic control.  Must have the ability to react quickly and appropriately to emergencies and threatening situations, make accurate observations and remember details of situations and individual, and correctly interpret and apply policies, laws, rules, ordinances, and regulations to individual circumstances.  Must learn to operate the full range of department emergency vehicles, develop knowledge of campus buildings and geography, and work effectively as a team member and individual.

Certification and Licenses: Annual certification for Adult/Child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) is required; proficiency will be demonstrated yearly. First Aid training will be completed every third year.  Must have a valid Missouri operator’s or chauffeur’s license.

Training: All newly hired Public Safety Officers will successfully complete a 240-hour Public Safety Officer training academy prior to being assigned to a shift.  Successful completion of the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) Security Cyclist course within the first six months of employment is required.

Effort: Requires extended periods of standing, the ability to move quickly throughout campus on foot and by bike, including climbing stairs in all University buildings.  Requires the ability to lift and carry equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.  Periodically requires working in confined spaces and at heights.  Work is performed primarily out-of-doors, in varied weather conditions. Bicycle patrol occurs on all three shifts.

Other: Positions associated with this position classification may be located in facilities requiring the position to be designated “sensitive” as defined by University policy.  Positions associated with this position classification may include job duties, responsibilities, or activities that are subject to export control regulations. The scope of the position may require night time, holiday, and/or weekend work.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Maintains a safe and secure campus environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors as well as University buildings, facilities, and grounds by regularly patrolling assigned areas on bicycle to the maximum extent possible or on foot or in a patrol car, observing for unauthorized personnel or activities, enforcing University rules, regulations and policies and reporting violations to appropriate authority, checking doors and locks for proper operation, securing and locking buildings and windows as directed, rendering assistance and responding to emergency situations as appropriate.

2. Reduces the potential for the injury, loss of life, property theft, and/or destruction of property by conducting visual surveys while conducting area checks and patrols for potentially dangerous or unsafe areas, buildings, and conditions, (e.g., inoperative lighting, unlocked doors, insecure stairway railing, etc), routinely inspecting all fire fighting/prevention equipment, conducting fire inspections for hazardous materials or conditions, and making on-the-spot corrections if possible or reporting the conditions to an appropriate authority for correction.

3. Enforces University parking and traffic regulations by being knowledgeable of the parking and traffic regulations, advising faculty, students, staff and visitors about the parking rules and regulations, issuing parking tickets, arranging for improperly parked vehicles to be towed from campus and for bicycles to be secured and issued a violation notice, rendering assistance during traffic accidents and preparing reports regarding on-campus traffic accidents.

4. Assists in responding to weather, fire, medical, and security emergencies as well as natural disasters by following procedures prescribed in the Emergency Handbook for those emergencies or as directed by the Director of Safety and Transportation.

5. Renders assistance to injured students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus by obtaining and maintaining certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR/AED) and first aid, performing CPR or rendering first aid to the injured person(s), determining the need for medical attention beyond the capability to provide, contacting the appropriate agency/office to facilitate emergency medical attention, and remaining with the injured person(s) until relieved by an appropriate authority.

6. Promotes an awareness of safety issues by talking to students, faculty, staff and other publics and distributing informational materials regarding safety during normal patrol duties, and conducting briefings or training as scheduled by the Assistant Director, Safety.

7. Encourages a pro-active approach to safety by meeting with the leaders of University organizations located in the assigned area to discuss their specific vulnerabilities to persons, property and equipment loss, assisting with the development of programs to alleviate or reduce identified vulnerabilities, monitoring the progress of the programs that have been developed, and adjusting or modifying those programs as needed to improve safety.

8. Promotes a positive image of the University by providing directions and information to students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus regarding campus locations, facilities, and activities and rendering such assistance as requested within capability to provide (e.g., battery jumps for dead car batteries, use of telephone, etc.).

9. Assists with the publication of safety and loss prevention publications, brochures, posters, and flyers by writing articles on safety topics or gathering information on safety or crime prevention issues and providing that material for use in publications (e.g., surveying seatbelt usage by drivers leaving campus).

10. Ensures that information regarding changes to departmental procedures or policies, particularly regarding unique or special up-coming events, is provided to successive shifts by briefing the subsequent shift regarding such changes and any other information gathered during the shift which may be useful or appropriate.

11. Supports the Department of Safety and Transportation by serving as an instructor of departmental personnel during initial and inservice training as directed by the Assistant Director, Safety, utilizing bikes to the maximum extent possible on all shifts, and functioning as a dispatcher when directed to do so by Shift Supervisor.

12. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Assistant Director, Safety and Transportation.

13. Contributes to the overall success and morale of the Department of Safety and Transportation by adhering to the Department of Safety and Transportation Policy and Procedures Manual and performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned in a professional manner.

SUPERVISION

The Public Safety Officer is supervised by the Public Safety Officer, Shift Supervisor.

OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES

REVISED JULY 2010

JOB FAMILY 2

Factor 1: Educational Requirements of the Job

Level 2 - 100 Points: The job requires a high school diploma or equivalent.

Factor 2: Skill Requirements - Craft and Trade Skills

Level 3 - 550 Points: General mechanical or technical aptitude and specific knowledge and experience in a skill, craft, or trade. The ability to perform standard procedures, operations, and/or operate specific equipment, that is required through at least two years of experience and previous training is required.

Factor 3: Managerial Responsibility

Level 1 - 25 Points: No responsibility for the work of others. Limited responsibility for expenses, purchases, or inventory.

Factor 4: Guidelines

Level 2 - 50 Points: Specific guidelines and established routines exist, but some judgment in applying guidelines and deviating from standards must be exercised. The number and similarity of guidelines and work situations requires the employee to use judgment in locating and selecting the most appropriate guidelines, references, and procedures for application and in making minor deviations to adapt guidelines in specific cases. At this level, the employee may also determine which of several alternatives to use. Situations to which the existing guidelines cannot be applied or significant proposed deviations from the guidelines are referred to a supervisor.

Factor 5: Contacts

Level 5 - 350 Points: The purpose is to influence or motivate others to engage in negotiation regarding common, everyday issues. Contacts may be with students, coworkers, or the general public, may be moderately unstructured, and may involve persons who may be uncooperative or who have opposing objectives. Contacts at this level require considerable interpersonal skill, particularly in persuasion, negotiation, and conflict resolution.

Factor 6: Work Environment

Level 4 - 100 Points: The work environment involves potential high risk and/or stress due to exposure to dangerous situations, hazardous materials, and/or unusual environmental stress from working in high risk situations and/or high noise levels, poor ventilation, and/or extremes of heat or cold. Protective gear and/or special equipment is normally required.

Factor 7: Physical Demands

Level 3 - 100 Points: Work requires continuous moderate with some strenuous physical exertion including standing, climbing, crawling, and regular lifting of objects over 50 pounds.

Factor 8: Responsibility for Facilities and Resources

Level 4 - 100 Points: At this level would be jobs in which the incumbent has the primary responsibility for the security of one or more facilities and the safety of the public within the facility. Jobs at this level might also involve total responsibility for the security and operation of expensive equipment used by others. Consequences of error would likely result in high risk of injury or death to self, other employees, or the public, and/or major damage to University assets.

Factor 9: Complexity

Level 2 - 250 Points: The work consists of tasks that involve related steps, processes, or methods. Decisions regarding what needs to be done involve choices requiring the employee to recognize the differences among a few easily recognizable situations. Decisions at this level are based on knowledge of the procedural requirements of the work coupled with the awareness of the specific functions and assignments of the department.