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Security Officer Lead Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Schedules and leads work of assigned security officers in maintaining security and safety of people and property in assigned area of campus. Trains other security officers in performance of duties.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is second in a series of three classifications. Incumbents in this classification perform duties similar to the Security Officer classification, but are distinguished by the lead responsibilities. It is distinguished from the Security Officer Supervisor in that incumbents in the Supervisor classification supervise (not lead) a larger staff, requiring supervision to be the overriding function. Incumbents in the Security Officer Lead classification lead others, but also perform regular security duties as a main function. Security Officers are distinguished from Police Officers in that Arizona Law Enforcement Officer Advisory Council certifications are 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:

  • Coordinates the work activities of others.
  • Schedules other security officers to cover required shifts and oversees work activity during shift.
  • Trains new security officers or other personnel and provides on-going direction.
  • Patrols assigned area on foot, checking for fires, vandalism, suspicious activity or persons, safety/fire hazards and reports circumstances to campus police unit for correction or follow-up actions.
  • 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 building 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 grounds needing direction or campus information.
  • Escorts people/property to desired destination when monies, documents or safety of property or persons is a concern.
  • Responds to alarms and dispatched calls; decides what actions to take based on situation, facts known and position limitations.
  • Decides when an incident requires written report, decides which report form to use and submits to supervisor; may prepare other written reports as directed by supervisor.
  • Unlocks buildings/doors after checking for identification and compliance with university policies.

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 the public.
  • Skill in leading the work of others.

Minimum Qualifications:

Three years of 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 a current Arizona Type D driver's license is required upon employment.


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