University of Utah Job Description
Performs a wide variety of law enforcement functions, including but not limited to: patrol, security, investigations, criminal gang activity, crime prevention, surveillance, and other law enforcement related duties. Utilizes proper skills to ensure the safety and security of people, property, and equipment throughout the University community. Officers work a variety of hours which may require overtime or on-call assignments.
FELONY CONVICTION - Applicants may not have been convicted of a crime which could have been punished by imprisonment in a federal penitentiary or by imprisonment in the penitentiary of this or another state. Felony convictions as a minor (under 18 years of age) may not automatically disqualify an individual, and will be individually reviewed.
MISDEMEANOR CONVICTION - Misdemeanor crimes involving violence, sexual conduct, or dishonesty require a minimum two year waiting period from date of conviction or involvement. Conviction of misdemeanor crimes not listed above may require a one (1) year wait depending upon the crime and severity.
MORAL CHARACTER – Applicants shall demonstrate good moral character, as determined by a department conducted background investigation including criminal history records as well as expunged records. Conviction of any criminal offense is an indication that the applicant may not be of good moral character and may be grounds for disqualification. Applicants may be required to take a truth verification examination which will be used as part of the background investigation.
MILITARY SERVICE - Applicants will be disqualified for any discharge less than honorable.
PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL CONDITION - Applicants must pass a psychological evaluation with a passing suitability rating. Specific questions as to the suitability of a candidate's physical and mental condition will be determined during this examination.
TATTOOS – Tattoos, brands, and decals cannot be obscene, offensive, distract from professional appearance, or interfere with on-duty actions and responsibilities.
ILLEGAL DRUGS - Applicants may not have used any illegal drug while employed in any law enforcement or prosecutorial position, or while employed in a position which carries a high level of public trust. Applicants may not have sold, manufactured, cultivated, or distributed any illegal drug. Any use of LSD or PCP will automatically exclude the applicant from the process. Applicants may not have used hard drugs or their derivatives and synthetic equivalents within five (5) years prior to the application closing date.
OUT OF STATE LATERAL APPLICANTS –- Must have the State of Utah Post Certification.- All out of state lateral applicants must complete and pass the Utah POST waiver test prior to hire.- Utah POST standards: https://post.utah.gov/law-enforcement-officer-leo-exit-physical-fitness-requirements/- Utah POST waiver test: https://utahpost.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/5000804150-post-application-for-training-and-certification-instructions
Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.
This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.
The Police Officer has the authority to enforce State law and University regulations within the jurisdiction of the University or as directed by the Chief. The incumbent may make arrests and may be required to use physical and/or lethal force in the line of duty.
The incumbent is faced with high stress situations and split-second decision making on a daily basis. Crisis situations frequently arise and the officer must reason clearly to solve the problems inherent in crisis situations. In all encounters, the incumbent is expected to exhibit professional behavior.
Certification requirements must be maintained by completing 40 hours of in-service training each year.
This position involves working rotating shifts, 24 hour on-call shifts, and the ability to respond to emergency situations with no notice or short notice. Officers may also be required to work frequent planned or unplanned overtime assignments.
Within the jurisdiction, an Officer will respond for service to banks, credit union offices, hospitals, psychiatric wards, residential living areas, hotels, military installation, sports facilities, etc.
Officers with two or more years of experience may also serve as detectives. The detective is responsible for surveillance, in-depth criminal investigations, and may function as an undercover operative, or handle controlled substance cases and gang related crimes, etc.
250 East 200 South, Suite 125,
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Phone: 801.581.2169 Email: AskHR@utah.edu
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