Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 23242
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Classification Title Police Officer Commissioned - MSU/UM
Working Title Police Officer Commissioned (POST Certified)
Brief Position Overview
Recruiting highly motivated certified peace officers.
This position is for certified applicants only.
Position Number 4M0281
Department University Police
Appointment Type Classified
Contract Term Fiscal Year
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Union Affiliation FOCUS-MFPE
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary $29.529991-$36.880988 per hour, commensurate with experience,
education, and qualifications
Contract Type Classified Salary
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Recruitment Type Open
The mission of the University Police Department (UPD) is to provide the
students, employees and visitors at Montana State University-Bozeman with a
safe and secure environment for living and learning. It is the responsibility
of every UPD member to consistently seek and find ways to affirmatively
promote preserve and deliver security, safety and quality services to members
of our community.
A Police Officer Commissioned (POC) is a Peace Officer Standards & Training
(POST) Certified Montana Police Officer who is assigned to either patrol or
investigative functions. These officers assist with providing law enforcement
and security for the Montana State University community.
This position is for certified applicants only.
Duties and Responsibilities
Conduct vehicle patrol operations, including:
Safely and legally operate a police vehicle and equipment such as radar,
mobile data terminal, in-car camera, records management system, etc.
Detect and take enforcement action on observed violations of the law.
Conduct traffic accident investigations.
Conduct DUI investigations and maintain required certifications.
Conduct foot, bike, or alternate means of patrol that include detecting,
deterring and investigating criminal activities, identifying unsecured
buildings, MSU policy violations, and parking violations.
Detect and deter crime and apprehend those who violate State, local, and
Federal laws as well as University policies.
Write comprehensive reports that clearly articulate relevant facts and
support the elements of the criminal offense.
Demonstrate proficiency with computer skills including Windows based
computer software skills and a records management system.
Interview victims, suspects, and witnesses to obtain information necessary
to determine facts and circumstances of incidents.
Preserve crime scenes, collect and photograph evidence, and properly
secure evidence maintaining chain of custody.
Respond to fire and medical emergencies and provide assistance as
Participate in crime prevention programs such as Adopt-A-Cop.
Conduct crime and safety awareness presentations.
Provide and maintain the ability to provide credible testimony in a court
Participate in special duty assignments such as various trainings,
administrative writing assignments, and statistical analysis and research
Provide police services during special events such as sporting events,
concerts, etc., on a regular and overtime basis.
Maintain training requirements and certifications as mandated by law and
as directed by the MSU Chief of Police.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
Meet peace officer education and certification standards as set forth by the Montana Code annotated 7-32-303.
Meet Montana Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification requirements through one of the following:
Possess a current Montana POST certification for sworn law enforcement
Possess a current out-of-state equivalent certification and the ability to
obtain Montana POST certification within one year.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
Knowledge and experience with the use of firearms.
Experience participating in community service programs and/or events.
The Successful Candidate Will
Communicate effectively with employees and the public in-person and over
Establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers and the
Represent UPD and its services to others in a professional and courteous
Have the ability to effectively respond quickly to emergency situations.
Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills.
Have proficiency operating computer programs such as Microsoft Word,
Excel, Outlook, etc.
Have the ability to research, acquire and articulate facts and convey
information with a high degree of accuracy and a compelling point of view.
Have the ability to participate in group presentations to convey
Have the ability to follow progressive steps in order to reach a logical
Be able to make good decisions in stressful and/or emergency situations.
Have the ability to successfully work and interact within a diverse
culture in a college campus setting.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
Serves as a Campus Security Authority as defined by the Jeanne Clery
Disclosure of Public Safety Policy and Crime Statistics.
Must complete a one-year probationary period as well as pass an approved
medical evaluation, psychological test, and drug screening.
Must pass an in-depth police background investigation.
Must possess, or be able to obtain within six months, a valid Montana
driver license and have an acceptable driver record (less than 12 points
in accordance with the Administrative Rules of Montana 2.6.205).
Must be willing to work days, nights, weekends, and holidays on a
rotational basis. During the first-year, successful applicants will be
required to work a rotation on days, evenings, and night shifts.
Must be willing to respond immediately to emergency situations 24
hours/7days a week/365 days a year.
Must be willing to work overtime.
Must be willing to work special events involving a large number of people.
This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of
duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the
job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University's rights to
assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Must be able to pass a Department of Transportation physical.
Position may require exposure to extreme temperature, noise, heights, or
Must be able to qualify and maintain annual certification with various
Must be physically fit and able to perform foot patrol, bike patrol, and
respond quickly to emergency situations.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each
essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The
requirements listed in this description are representative of the knowledge,
skill, and/or ability required.
This position has supervisory duties? No
Posting Detail Information
Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date Upon a successful search
Position End Date (if temporary)
Applications will be:
Review of applications will be on a continual basis and will continue until
the position is filled.
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to
continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally
diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life
integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
In compliance with the Montana Veteran's Employment Preference Act, MSU
provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain
eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran's preference please complete
the veteran's preference information located in the Demographics section of
MSU's Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be
located on the MSU Website:
https: // www. montana.edu/hr/recruitment/dualcareer.html
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().
Do you possess a current Montana POST certification for sworn law enforcement officer?
Do you possess a current out-of-state equivalent certification and the ability to obtain Montana POST certification within one year?