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Public Safety Officer

Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting Number: S000106
Posting Type: External - Open to All Applicants
Job Title: Public Safety Officer
Position Title: Public Safety Officer
Position Type: Support Staff
Classification: 7
Department: Public Safety
Benefits Summary:

Benefit package includes: Medical, Dental, Vision, and Prescription insurance, Life insurance, Workers’ Compensation insurance, Unemployment insurance, and Total Disability insurance. Retirement: The University contributes 4% of the regular salary with up to 3% additional in matched contributions into the TIAA Retirement Program. Other benefits include tuition remission for employee, spouse, and employee’s dependent children under the age of 25 (this does not include the last two year of the PharmD program or the JD). Employees receive two weeks of vacation, two weeks of sick leave, and three days per year of personal leave.

Pay Band:
Job Summary:

This position is responsible for protecting members of the University Community, maintaining order, enforcing policies and procedures, rules and regulations of the Ohio Northern University. Public Safety officers may be assigned to uniform or plainclothes details. Shift scheduling changes periodically, sometimes with little advanced notice in emergency situations. Duties require initiative, resourcefulness and the ability to analyze situations and in emergencies to adopt a quick, effective and responsible course of action. The work involves frequent contact with the public and requires the ability to deal with persons in tense situations where attitudes and relations are strained.


The Public Safety Officer is responsible for providing protection of life and property, enforcement of all rules, regulations, policies and procedures of Ohio Northern University; responding to emergency and nonemergency situations and to perform other duties as directed.

Principal Responsibilities:

- Patrols designated areas via motor vehicle, bicycle or on foot to detect criminal activity; inspects doors, windows and premises of University buildings and properties; to detect suspicious vehicles, persons or situations ; maintains high visibility.
- Responds to calls for service including domestic situations, assaults, burglaries, thefts, property damage, alarms, bomb threats, natural disasters that affect campus, public service duties such as escorts, vehicle lockouts and door unlocks.
- Conducts preliminary/ follow up investigations of complaints or incidents on University property, involving University students, faculty, staff or visitors to campus.
- Take fingerprints for background checks.
- May be asked to testify in court when subpoenaed; escort law enforcement officers or investigators on campus for various situations; provides assistance or backup to public service agencies including fire and EMS on campus and provide twenty-four hour service to Ohio Northern University.
- Operates a variety of standard and specialized equipment and tools associated with public safety including vehicles, OC spray, handcuffs, asp baton, flashlights, fire extinguishers, photographic equipment, telephones, radios, desktop computers, tablets and general office equipment.
- Inspects and maintains assigned vehicles and related equipment assigned to public safety vehicles.
- Follows safety procedures, utilizes equipment, monitors work environment to ensure the safety of University faculty, staff,students and visitors; Performs driving functions in a safe and efficient manner under various conditions and in adverse weather conditions.
- Prepares and completes required forms, reports, correspondence, logs, event reports, damage reports, narratives, missing persons reports, parking registrations and enforces parking regulations on all University lots.
- Enters reports directly into ReportExec RMS, using a computer and its accompanying equipment such as a computer and mouse.
- Communicates in person, via telephone and/or radio, provides assistance and information to those needing help.
- Creates/ maintains positive public relations with the University community and visitors to our campus; Maintains and promotes peace and order; Provides education and information regarding University policies and procedures, personal safety, drug abuse and the law, alcohol laws, crime prevention and other public safety issues.
- Attends shift meetings, training sessions both on and off campus, seminars as required to remain knowledgeable of departmental/ University operations and activities, to promote improved job performance and to stay current with trends in the field of public safety.
- Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills:

- Good communication skills
- Working knowledge of public safety principles and practices
- Ability to understand and carry out complex oral and written instructions
- Good verbal and written skills
- Good powers of observation and memory
- Excellent moral character

Minimum Qualifications:

- High school diploma or GED equivalent
- Possess a valid Ohio drivers license

Preferred Qualifications:

- Ohio Peace Officer training, fire service or EMS background
- Professional Security Officer certifications

College Description:
Appointment Length: 12-months
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Status: Full-Time

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * What is the highest level of education attained?
    • GED
    • High School Diploma
    • Associates Degree
    • Associates Degree in progress
    • Bachelors Degree
    • Bachelors Degree in progress
    • Masters Degree
    • Masters Degree in progress
    • PHD
    • PHD in progress
  2. * Do you have prior experience in Public Safety or Security?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a valid driver's license?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Are you OPOTA certified?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Copy of Transcript 1
  2. Other Document