Patrol Officer Applicant Pool
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania - Bloomsburg, PA

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Bloomsburg University Police Officers are community oriented. Our officers are highly interactive with the student population as many students are away from home for the first time and seek guidance and direction from our officers. The role is one of assistance and enforcement, and the officers are viewed as problem solvers. We look for leadership potential and excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to present information and relate to our student population. Shifts are comprised of vehicle and foot patrols which allows significant interaction with the residential population. Our police officers provide a police presence that promotes the safety and security of all members of the university community. This is an essential personnel position.

Description of Duties: Work involves patrolling (by foot and vehicle) grounds and buildings to ensure safety and enforce University, Commonwealth and Federal regulations.

Providing first-aid.

Directing and controlling traffic and parking.

Investigating suspected crimes and accidents.

Cooperating with local, state and other police authorities.

Monitor, respond and reset fire and security alarms.

Monitor and operate security camera systems.

Respond to calls for service and assistance.

Practice safe measures to prevent crimes, accidents and injuries.

Testifying in court or legal proceedings.

Assume dispatching duties as needed.

Transports sick and injured persons.

Transport university funds or valuables to proper locations.

Participate in training and education courses as assigned, some of which may require out of town overnight lodging.

Displays and removes campus event and temporary directional signage.

Accurately and clearly complete hand written and computer generated reporting documents, to include but not limited to, police reports, traffic and parking violation citations and injury reports.

The described duties above provide a representative listing only and should not be regarded as a complete statement of tasks performed by incumbents of this position. It should be recognized, therefore, that employees may be asked to perform job related duties in addition to those outlined above.

Applicant must possess these skills, knowledge, and abilities or to be able to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

Knowledge of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Crimes Code and Vehicle Code.

Effective oral communication skills.

Ability to stand or sit for long periods of time.

Ability to multi-task.

Ability to work long hours under varying climatic conditions.

Ability to work shifts, including nights, holidays and weekends; work on an on-call basis; work irregular duty assignments.

Ability to wear a uniform and safety equipment.

Ability to deal firmly but tactfully with parents, students, employees and the general public.

Ability to conform to department grooming standards.

Ability to attend educational sessions as required; travel out of town for one or more consecutive days.

Knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions appropriate to responsibilities assigned as a law enforcement officer.

Knowledge and training of group behavior and crowd control.

Skill in the safe use and care of firearms and other issued equipment.

Ability to remain alert and react quickly and calmly in emergency situations and to determine proper courses of action.

Ability to enforce laws firmly, tactfully, and with respect for the rights of others.

Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

Ability to work with little direct supervision.

Ability to adhere to General Orders, Operating Procedures and other policies and guidelines.

Minimum Experience and Training: One year of police experience or any equivalent experience or training. Law enforcement experience in a college setting is preferred.

Necessary Special Requirements: Possession of a valid Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle operator’s license. Ability to meet such qualifications regarding strength, agility and health as may be required. Current CPR, Infant CPR and First Aid certifications are required prior to offer of employment.

Act 120 Certificate of completion, or the ability to obtain a waiver, is required. Documentation must be provided at the time of application.

Internal Applicants will be QUALIFIED based on the following Meritorious Service factors: 1) No record of discipline in the personnel file above an oral reprimand for at least two years prior to the date of the job posting.

2) A minimum rating of “meets expectations” in most recent performance evaluation.

3) No record of leave abuse in personnel file for at least two (2) years prior to the date of posting.

4) Meets the minimum experience and training requirements of the job specifications and any specialized training, experience, or educational requirements as indicated in the specific job posting.

Applicants will be rated on the following criteria: 1) Knowledge and experience in community-oriented policing.

2) Knowledge of Pennsylvania Crimes Code.

3) Knowledge of Pennsylvania Vehicle Code.

4) Decision making and prioritization skills.

5) Investigative experience or specialized police training.

6) Effective oral and/or radio communications skills.

7) Interpersonal skills to effectively deal with diverse populations, and in particular college-age populations.

8) Job specific knowledge, skills, abilities and experience/education.

9) Public interaction skills.

10) Sensitivity to the needs of others/diverse populations.

Finalist must communicate well and successfully complete an interview.

Prior to a final offer of employment the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check including, but not limited to, polygraph examination, employment verification, educational and credential verification and criminal background check.

Continued employment is contingent upon successful completion of the University Firearms Qualification Requirements, Physician’s Health Screening, Psychological review as required, and commissioning by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Completing this search is contingent on available funding.

Application Procedure: In order to receive consideration, submit a Bloomsburg University Merit Systems Employment Application to the Human Resources office by the last day to apply. Applications are available in the Human Resource Office, located in Waller Administration Building or may be downloaded from www.bloomu.edu/jobs. Faxed resumes and/or applications will not be considered.

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is committed to equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to race, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran

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