Police Officer Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
Enforces university, state and federal laws and regulations to
protect life and property and serve the university community.
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
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
- 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
- Skill in recording information accurately and completely.
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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