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Police Officer Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Enforces university, state and federal laws and regulations to protect life and property and serve the university community.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is second in a series of five classifications. It is distinguished from the Police Officer Senior in that incumbents do not have the lead responsibilities of Police Officer Senior's. Police Officers typically report to Police Sergeants. Incumbents in this classification are required to maintain flexible work schedules in order to accommodate weekend or evening shifts. Incumbents experience hazardous or dangerous situations in the course of their work.

Examples of Duties:

  • Patrols buildings and grounds checking locked doors and windows and investigating suspicious activity or people.
  • Receives briefing upon arrival for duty; secures information, asks questions and participates in required departmental training and discussion of information.
  • Patrols assigned areas on foot or by motor vehicle to control traffic, prevent or deter crime and arrest violators; issues warnings or citations to drivers when violations of motor vehicle laws are observed.
  • Writes, and files with supervisor, crime reports and daily activity reports of disturbances, accidents, crimes and tickets issued in prescribed format.
  • Assists motorists and university community by delivering emergency messages, helping motorists with flat tires, stalled vehicles or keys locked in car; advises university community on crime prevention techniques.
  • Responds to emergency alarms and dispatched calls; makes decisions based on analysis of situation and facts.
  • Testifies in court in response to subpoena as witness and/or reporting officer to crime.
  • Investigates all types of crimes and accidents; performs follow up duties on crimes/accidents as directed by supervisor; interviews suspects and witnesses; collects evidence and facts; files reports appropriate as directed by federal, state or local legal requirements.
  • May assist in training new officers in the field according to established schedule and guidelines; submits written evaluation of trainee performance to supervisor.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of law enforcement practices and procedures.
  • Skill in analytical, objective observance of situations and quick decision making.
  • Skill in managing situations firmly, courteously, tactfully and impartially.
  • Skill in recording information accurately and completely.

Minimum Qualifications:

Certification from Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AZ POST); OR, Equivalent out-of-state certification; must obtain AZ POST certification within six months from hire date; Possession of current Arizona Type D driver's license is required upon employment.


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