With minimal supervision from the Department leadership, a police officer is
an essential University position responsible for enforcing laws (federal,
state or local), University Traffic and Parking Regulations and violations of
the code of conduct throughout the campus, as authorized by Texas Statutes.
The police officer serves as an ambassador for the University serving the
community in a joint effort, where University Police Department members,
students, faculty, staff, visitors and neighbors of St. Mary's University
strive to create a safe and secure environment for the entire higher education
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
Conducts proactive patrol of all campus property by foot, bicycle, golf
cart, and/or motor vehicle in order to deter crimes against persons and
Utilizes appropriate University, Local, State, Federal databases, for
wants/warrants, criminal histories and other databases as authorized or
Detects violations of Federal, State, local laws and, University policies;
Takes appropriate actions in accordance with those laws, the Texas code of
Criminal Procedure, and department policies and procedures.
Enforces parking regulations and issue citations as required.
Enforces Texas State Traffic Laws and issue citations as required.
Completes computer-based incident reports in accordance with standard
department policies and procedures; Reports all violations of laws,
college rules and regulations, suspicious persons and circumstances,
enforcement activities and unsafe conditions or hazards.
Responds to calls for assistance from students, faculty, staff,
administration, visitors and neighboring law enforcement/emergency service
Ensures that campus facilities are locked and unlocked in accordance with
standard operating procedures.
Escorts community members to and from buildings and parking lots as
Conducts responsibilities and duties as normally associated with or
require Law Enforcement in a higher educational setting.
Performs other duties as assigned.
High School Diploma or GED required. Associate's Degree or higher degree
preferred. Must have a valid Texas Driver's License, and/or ability to
obtain one within 6 months of hire, with a favorable driving record.
Must be a certified Peace Officer as established by the Texas Commission
on Law Enforcement (TCOLE); Experience in law enforcement preferred.
Must maintain a valid driver's license and/or ability to obtain one within
6 months of hire, with a favorable driving record, motor vehicle liability
insurance and personal injury insurance, and complete the University Van
Driver Training within 90 days of employment date.
Must clear and maintain a favorable background investigation and clearance
including No criminal arrests over a class B misdemeanor and/ or Family
Must be able to clear a Standardized written test and report writing
evaluation test; an approved physical test, and an approved range
qualification with a passing score of 75.
Must Possess positive interpersonal communication skills; Attitude must be
proactive, customer service oriented with a system's thinking approach;
Creativity and positive learning skills are important.
Must possess an understanding of higher education and sensitivity to the
customer service/community policing law enforcement model as it relates to
an educational setting.
Must have ability to respond professionally to inquiries, concerns and,
complaints from various constituencies of the University.
Must have a high ethical standards and a strong sense of confidentiality;
ability to prioritize and manage multiple deadlines; thrive in a complex
work environment; displays solid problem solving and interpersonal skills;
works well independently and as part of a team.
Must have strong self-judgment abilities to assist in the preparation of
department personnel policy information; Use discretion to complete work
assignments; Initiative is frequently required to complete work
assignments; ability to make decisions regarding policy interpretation and
individual work priorities
Must have the ability to demonstrate a capacity for leadership, and the
commitment to work collaboratively with a diverse and dynamic community.
Must have ability to accept and support the Universities Guiding
Principles, as well as the Vision, Mission, Values and Goals of the
University and Police Department.
Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Strong public
relations and customer service skills with an ability to implement
diplomacy and discretion at all times; an ability to work effectively with
communities across the university.
Must have the ability to demonstrate advanced skills in MS Office (Word,
Excel, and Outlook).
Must be able to work holidays, weekends, shifts (Day, Evening, Nights)
based upon University/ Department needs; Mandatory over-time or schedule
adjustment based upon Department needs is possible;
Must be available for emergency recall back to duty at a moment's notice
in the event of a declared emergency incident impacting the University's
operation and/or special events
Able to successfully handle frustrating conditions such as limits on time,
limited access to equipment, and dealing with uncomfortable customers.
Able to carry 80 pounds up and down stairs
Frequent standing, kneeling/squatting, bending/ stooping, pushing/pulling,
Frequent walking, running, climbing stairs, grasping/squeezing, wrist
flexion/extension, and bicycle riding; frequent driving
Work outside and inside, on slippery or uneven walking surfaces; frequent
exposure to extreme hot and cold temperatures, insects, dust, toxic
chemicals and fumes, noise, vibration, and electrical hazards; may work in
tight or enclosed spaces; may work alone; may work irregular hours
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be
met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this
job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions.
NOTE: It is a requirement for continued employment of any commissioned
Peace Officer at St. Mary's University Police Department maintain fitness for
duty as outlined in Policy 18 of the St. Mary's University Police Department
St. Mary's University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Equal
Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to furthering diversity,
equity, and inclusion and encourages all qualified candidates apply.