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Public Safety Officer

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Winston-Salem State University is dedicated to providing equal opportunity in admissions and employment based on merit, and without discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or political affiliation according to state and federal laws.

Position Details

Classification Information

Position Classification Title Public Safety Officer - Metro Rate
FLSA Non-Exempt
Position Class (Extract From Banner or PA) 15831

Position Overview

Primary Purpose of the Position


Positions in this banded class perform law enforcement work at a University campus or other State facility. With full powers of arrest, positions enforce the laws of the State and the United States Government. Positions have law enforcement authority ranging from traffic control to criminal investigations within a limited geographic jurisdiction. Work involves patrolling an assigned area for response to complaints or calls and for detection of violations in the enforcement of State laws and applicable regulations. Duties include apprehending observed violators committing offenses, investigating violations or complaints in order to assess and handle cases, collection and preservation of evidence and the chain of custody, testifying in court proceedings and performing related work. Positions may serve as a patrol officer, detective squad member, crime prevention officer, or in some police organizations as a lead officer on an assigned shift.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

Winston-Salem State University Police and Public Safety are dedicated to providing a safe environment for the University and the greater Winston-Salem Community. We will provide prompt, progressive and professional service by exceeding our professional standards.

Position Information

Working Position Title Public Safety Officer
Building and Room No.

Department of Police & Public Safety
601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Work Hours: From [time] to [time] on [days] of [week] 12 hour rotating shifts
Hours per week 40
Months per year 12
Appointment Type Permanent Full-Time
If Time Limited. No
Appointment Length.
Position Number 074674

DHR Assigned Fields

JCAT 802000

Requirements and Preferences

Position required to work during periods of adverse weather or other emergencies Yes
Minimum Experience/Education


The Competency Level is a Contributing Level.

High school diploma or equivalency. Must have Certification as a Law Enforcement Officer in accordance with the provisions of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission or the ability to achieve certification within one year of employment.

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education
Required License or Certification

Must be BLET certified.

Valid US Driver's License Yes
Commercial Driver's License Required No
Physical Required Yes
List any other medical/drug tests required

Key Responsibilities and Related Competencies

Key Responsibilities and Related Competencies

Competency Knowledge - Technical
Describe the specific job duties related to this competency

Comply with commonly applied regulations, policies, procedures, and general orders. Seeks clarification on more complex regulations or issues. Operates police vehicle in accordance with law and department policies under routine and emergency circumstances. Conducts visible vehicular patrols on roadways and in parking areas. Inspects vehicles at the beginning/end of shift; account for vehicle equipment; report damages. Operates vehicle equipment, in-car cameras, police radio, emergency lights, siren, rifle/shotgun rack, fire suppression equipment, AED, digital camera, vehicle unlock tools, flares, and Taser®, Mobile Data Computer and software, including CAD,RMS, CJLEADS, DCI, and NCAWARE as necessary and available. Recognizes most frequently occurring motor vehicle code violations. Conducts motor vehicle stops utilizing appropriate officer-safety and procedural protocol. Conducts traffic crash investigations for minor/lesser involved incidents, with no significant personal injuries presented, with minimal assistance. Identifies drivers that may be impaired and conducts standardized field sobriety testing procedures to evaluate impaired drivers. Differentiates between criminal and non-criminal acts and behaviors. Properly detain/arrest persons using proper subject control; transport/process arrestees. Conducts investigations of misdemeanors and less serious felonies with assistance as necessary. Follows established procedure in securing a crime scene; conducting legal searches; and submission of evidence. Uses appropriate tactics and procedures upon response to fire alarms, burglar alarms, and panic alarms. Conducts self-initiated security checks to protect people and property (exterior grounds and building walk-through); lock and unlock as necessary. Assists citizens/motorists (directions, stalled vehicles, night-time escorts, etc.). Develops and works with community contacts to identify issues; assists in coordinating community programs. Apply CPR when needed. May have various assignments for special campus events/activities. Assist in conducting crime prevention/community oriented policing programs as necessary.

Percentage Of Time 35
Competency Communication
Describe the specific job duties related to this competency

Transmits and receives information to dispatch in a clear and concise manner. Transitions radio to proper channels based on routine radio traffic, officer-to-officer talk around, special events, and/or multi agency response communications. Relay emergency information to the public clearly and properly. Use proper questioning techniques to obtain available information from witnesses, victims, and suspects; ability to explain required actions to all including other PSOs.
Provide complete and detailed documentation on departmental and state forms. Records facts and prepares reports to document investigations. Develop prosecution summaries with minimal assistance. Testifies in court to provide evidence or act as a witness in traffic and criminal cases, or Grand Jury hearings. Have the ability to clearly articulate routine facts and circumstances of a basic case. Complies with student conduct requests and testifies as a witness at hearings. Provide assistance and support to others, including referral to support agencies.

Percentage Of Time 35
Competency Organizational Sensitivity
Describe the specific job duties related to this competency

Comply with departmental policies, procedures, and General Orders. Apply department vision, mission and core values to daily work processes. Recognize the roles and responsibilities of each position in the department organizational structure. Participates in periodic reviews, discussions, or revisions of the Department’s vision, mission and core values.

Percentage Of Time 10
Competency Problem Solving
Describe the specific job duties related to this competency

Seeks information needed to make sound decisions. Enforce state or local laws. Reports and resolves traffic problems, safety concerns, hazards, etc. Reviews crime statistics, reports and other available information to modify patrol, crime prevention, and/or investigative efforts based on identified trends. Identifies problems, recognizes violations and recommends appropriate action. Assesses situation, available background information and makes determination as to proper course of action based on law, statutes and student code of conduct. Make arrests and issues uniform state citations as necessary consistent with current case law and elements of the crime. Enforces University regulations and refers students and visitors to the appropriate University officials, as needed.

Percentage Of Time 10
Competency Analytical Thinking
Describe the specific job duties related to this competency

Identifies suspicious individuals, incidents, vehicles, etc. and intervenes as needed. Identifies the offense based on the information obtained during the investigation and takes appropriate action. Evaluates facts and circumstances to immediately differentiate between non-emergency and “first responder” situations. Respond accordingly.

Percentage Of Time 10

Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting Number SPA00324P
Internal Posting Only No
Time Limited Position No
Appointment Length
Salary $33,300.00 - $40,700.00
Open Date 01/31/2018
Close Date 02/28/2018
Open Until Filled No
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Applicant Document

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents