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Position description

Position title: Public Safety Officer

Reports to: Director of Public Safety

Position summary:

Provide security, safety and community service to University employees, students and the visiting public.

Mission and strategic plan

This position provides for a safe and secure campus and prepares the campus to respond to emergencies. This position allows others to pursue their learning and life objectives while attending the University.

Level of supervision and supervisory responsibility

General Direction: The employee carries out work assignments in accordance with the policies and objectives established by the supervisor. The employee plans and organizes the work, determines the work methods which will be employed and assists in determining priorities and deadlines. Completed work is reviewed in terms of the employee’s effectiveness in producing the expected results.

Responsibilities and Essential Functions

  • Works directly with and oversees student security officers working on shift. Responsible for daily evaluation of the student’s work performance and identifying, and implementing, necessary on-the-job training for students. In addition, responsible for identification of training needs as well as developing and implementing training needs.
  • Patrols university property on foot, bicycle and by motorized vehicle.
  • Monitors access control system and closed circuit TV system.
  • Responds to calls for service, including but not limited to fire and trouble alarms, suspicious persons on campus, personal and vehicle accidents, reported crimes against persons and property occurring on campus.
  • Answers/provides appropriate response to emergency and business related telephone calls.
  • Provides escort services for campus community. Initiates incident reports and conducts investigations.
  • Completes accurate logs and records of all security related activities. Work includes rotating shifts.
  • Provides parking services/enforcement as needed.
  • Develops and consults with campus community members.
  • Performs some patrol and escort functions with the use of a motor vehicle or on foot.
  • Actively engage campus community in addressing public safety concerns.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or requested.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Associates degree in criminal justice or related field, OR, the completion of a recognized police or security training program.
  • Two (2) year of police or campus security full-time experience.
  • Must be at least twenty-one years of age in order to legally enter a licensed or unlicensed drinking establishment to enforce rules and regulations.
  • Possess a valid Washington State driver’s license.
  • Pass a Washington State Patrol background and criminal history check including a review of driving record.
  • Certification in CPR and First Aid required within 30 days of employment.
  • Must be supportive of the Catholic Benedictine philosophy of education.


Knowledge of:

  • Procedures and rules governing access to private buildings and grounds; rules of public behavior; general safety precautions; law enforcement basics; basic investigation procedures.
  • Basic security and fire alarm systems and procedures.
  • Relevant social service agencies.
  • Community Oriented Policing.
  • Mediation and conflict resolution.

Skilled in:

  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Contributing to and providing leadership.
  • Giving and taking direction in stressful or emergency situations.
  • Observing, comparing, or monitoring situations and behaviors to determine compliance with prescribed operating or safety standards.
  • Producing written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation and grammar.
  • Communicating and working with an ethnically diverse campus community.
  • Interpersonal relationships.
  • Methods of managing conflict dealing with people.

Ability to:

  • Participate and use university sponsored self defense training.
  • Communicate effectively, in both oral and written form, including use of two-way radio, telephone, and in face-to-face contacts.
  • Respond calmly in stress or conflict situations or campus emergencies.
  • Operate a personal computer using Windows and Windows applications, Internet and email, and word processing software to include creating and editing a document.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with persons from diverse educational, economical and cultural backgrounds, as well as persons with disabilities and mobility challenges.
  • Develop and maintain an extensive knowledge of state criminal law procedures, rules of evidence, safety codes, and university regulations.
  • Interact with a diverse student resident hall population, implementing the concepts of Campus Community Orient Policing.
  • Establish rapport with members of a diverse campus community, establishing partnerships and exchange of ideas and information, used to address campus community problems.
  • Be supportive of a Catholic, Benedictine philosophy of education.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Be mobile campus wide for appropriate security needs.
  • Must be able to perform duties in confined spaces and varying outdoor weather conditions.
  • Sit in and drive a security motor vehicle for a great part of the day.
  • Acute hearing, smell and eyesight is required when working with urgent situations.
  • Fast and immediate response is necessary to protect people from potential harm.
  • Sustained attention is required to respond quickly to constant demands and remain vigilant and attentive. Lack of attention could result in accidents, injury, or a loss of life.
  • Must control own emotions and demonstrate appropriate sensitivity and calmness when dealing with a person who is, hurt, upset, tired or frustrated.
  • Perform tasks requiring bending, stooping, standing, kneeling, walking and running significant distances; restrain and take into custody another person; lift or otherwise move up to the weight of a person; climb stairs; occasionally work at heights above 30 feet.
  • Ability to be mobile campus wide for appropriate business needs.
  • Operates a variety of standard office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive arm-hand movements.
  • Reading, writing, speaking, hearing, standing, bending, sitting.
  • Learning and comprehending.
  • Requires visual concentration on detail.
  • Manual dexterity and precision required for keyboarding.

The principles of the Catholic Benedictine tradition, equal employment opportunity, and nondiscrimination are fundamental to the mission, goals, and objectives of Saint Martin’s University. The University does not discriminate in employment or in the delivery or administration of its educational programs, policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic or other University programs on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion (except as a bona fide occupational qualification for certain select positions), marital status, national or ethnic origin, military or veteran status, age, or disability.

Students or employees with concerns or complaints about discrimination on the basis of sex in employment or an education program or activity, or any other inquiries related to the University's non-discrimination policy, may contact the following individual:

Cynthia Johnson
Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator
5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey WA 98503

Consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the regulations adopted under that law, the University has designated the above individual as the University's Title IX Officer, responsible for coordinating the University's Title IX compliance. Individuals may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 915 2nd Avenue, Room 3310 Seattle, WA 98174-1099, Telephone: (206) 220-7900, TDD: (206) 220-7907.