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Security Officer Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Maintains security and safety of people and property in assigned area on university campus by patrolling areas on foot and enforcing university rules and regulations.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is first in a series of three classifications. It is distinguished from the Security Officer Lead in that incumbents do not have formalized lead responsibilities. Security Officer is distinguished from the Police Officer classification in that Arizona Law Enforcement Officer Advisory Council certification is not required and incumbents do not write citations or arrest violators. Security Officers are expected to report unusual or suspicious activity to Police Officers for follow-up. Incumbents may be required to maintain flexible work schedules in order to accommodate weekend or evening shifts.

Examples of Duties:

  • Patrols assigned areas on foot, checking for fires, vandalism, suspicious activity or persons or safety/fire hazards.
  • Investigates and/or reports hazards, unusual or suspicious circumstances to campus police unit for correction or follow- up actions; maintains contact with campus police.
  • Checks doors and windows of buildings to ensure they are tightly closed and locked; notes in written log any unlocked doors/windows; submits information to supervisor.
  • Observes activity and traffic in assigned area to enforce university rules/regulations; alerts visitors of infractions.
  • Assists any persons in building or on grounds needing directions or campus information.
  • Escorts people/property to desired destination when monies, documents or safety of property or persons are a concern.
  • Responds to alarms and dispatched calls; decides what actions to take based on situation, facts known and position limitations.
  • Decides when incident requires written report; decides which report form to use and submits to supervisor.
  • Unlocks buildings/doors after checking identification and compliance with university policies.
  • May assist law enforcement officers with crowd control and surveillance at large public events.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of basic security and fire inspection procedures.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Skill in observing situations and decision making.
  • Skill in dealing courteously with public.

Minimum Qualifications:

One year experience in police or security field; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Possession of current Arizona Type D driver's license upon employment may be required for specified positions.


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