POLICE OFFICER, COMMISSIONED (Permanent On-Call, As Needed) - 5 Positions
Montana State University - Bozeman, MT

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University Police is a public service law enforcement and security department for the Montana State University - Bozeman campus. The campus setting is a unique environment with a large and diverse population, requiring a community service oriented approach to policing. The department is responsible for the enforcement of campus policies and procedures in addition to federal, state, and local laws. The department maintains the University Parking Enforcement Program and provides security for all persons and property on the campus.

This is a permanent position and is on an on-call, as-needed basis to provide shift coverage and additional assistance for special events. Schedule will vary. Duties may include (but are not limited to): patrolling campus by foot, bicycle, Segway, or vehicle; checking all buildings on campus for unlawful entry and fire and safety violations; enforcing all university parking regulations; controlling traffic; remaining informed of all policy changes and notifying appropriate parties as necessary; notifying appropriate parties in case of emergency; completing daily reports at end of shift; investigating crimes on campus and preparing necessary documents to support arrests; mediating disputes and communicating a variety of rules, regulations, and procedures in a service oriented manner; performing related duties as required. Officers are expected to carry out departmental responsibilities in a proficient and professional manner.

This position can be physically demanding and applicants must be able to complete and maintain the physical fitness requirements as set forth by the MLEA (Montana Law Enforcement Academy) Basic Academy and must be able to perform foot patrol 3-4 hours/shift, including in inclement weather. Officers must maintain a neat appearance and wear the department uniform on the job. If the applicant has prior law enforcement experience in another state, s/he must be able to pass an equivalency exam and attend an equivalency legal class through the MLEA. This is a sworn peace officer position that requires a sworn oath to the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.

Please respond, on separate sheet(s) of paper, to EACH required and preferred qualification listed below by summarizing how your work experience and training relates to each of them. Specific examples should be included to aid the search committee in evaluating your qualifications.


Meet or exceed the peace officer education and certification standards as set forth by Montana Code Annotated 7-32-303 .

P.O.S.T. (Police Officer Standards and Training) certification or out of state equivalent.

Successful experience working with the public, preferably college age individuals, under adverse conditions and in stressful situations.

Successful experience applying problem solving and mediation skills in intervention and conflict situations.

Successful experience exercising good judgment and working effectively, both independently and cooperatively under minimal supervision.

Demonstrated personal and professional initiative (for example, setting and achieving goals) and a demonstrated desire to attend classes and training.

Demonstrated ability to develop a working knowledge of, adhere to, and enforce a large body of institutional regulations.

First Aid and CPR experience.

Experience enforcing criminal law and security regulations, codes, rules, and standards.

Experience using firearms, police radios, and related law enforcement equipment. (Please list equipment used.)

Demonstrated basic computer skills and knowledge.


Experience on a college or university campus.

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The successful candidate will also have the ability to : communicate effectively with employees and the public both in person and over the phone; establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers and the public; represent University Police and its programs to a multitude of constituencies such as students and their families, staff, faculty, and others in a professional and courteous manner.


In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Upon a conditional offer of employment, the successful candidate must pass a psychological evaluation, an extensive background investigation, and a DOT physical examination which includes pre-employment drug screening.

The successful candidate must also complete a one year probationary period and meet departmental and university training requirements.

University Police is a 24 hours/day, 7-days/week service based operation and the applicant must be able to work nights, weekends, and holidays as needed.

Must possess a valid driver's license, and have and maintain an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points). If successful candidate possesses a valid out-of-state driver's license, must obtain a valid Montana driver's license within 6 months. (Please do not send a copy of license but will be required upon hiring.)

Must be able to work in a variety of environments, including temperature extremes and inclement weather; will be regularly exposed to hazards associated with law enforcement.

Must possess and maintain the ability to give credible testimony in a court of law.


Screening of applications will begin on January 11, 2013 and will continue until a suitable candidate is hired.


To apply, please download the application materials by clicking here MSU Classified Employment Application .

The applicant must submit an MSU Application. Electronic submissions are highly preferred. An original signature of the MSU-Bozeman Application Cover Sheet is required via scanned PDF, fax, or hardcopy original to the address below. Submit materials to: Kristine Mashaw, Administrative Manager Montana State University University Police P.O. Box 172680 Bozeman, MT 59717-2680 updhiring@montana.edu Phone: 406-994-5428 Fax: 406-994-5508

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