Job Summary/Basic Function: SUMMARY: Function: To enforce the law, provide service, information and aid to all citizens as circumstances require, prevent crime, suppress disturbances, investigate criminal offenses, and arrest offenders. Provide guidance and supervision to junior officers.
Scope: Responsible for enforcement duties for the protection, safety and welfare of students, employees, visitors, and all property within the area under the control and jurisdiction of Lamar University. Exercises independent judgment within the limits prescribed by law, Rules and Regulations of the Texas State University System Board of Regents, Chief of Police, and police department policies and procedures. Serves as a Campus Security Authority as defined by the Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act).
DUTIES: Typical: Perform law enforcement duties on the property under the control and jurisdiction of Lamar University. Preserve the peace by the use of all lawful means, interceding, when authorized by law, to prevent or suppress crime. Provide service, information and directions to students, employees and visitors. Execute all lawful processes. Arrest offenders with and without warrant when authorized by law. Investigate criminal offenses to detect and arrest criminals, recover stolen or lost property. Attempt to locate missing persons. Enforce traffic law by detecting violations, making violator contacts, placing violators in custody or issuing citations or warnings. Investigate motor vehicle collisions; review reports submitted by junior officers for approval. Enforce any Texas State University System Board of Regents Rules and Regulations. Prepare shift activity reports on all police responses and activity to Command Staff. Identify potential security and safety hazards, as observed and reported to them by junior officers. Reviews, corrects and approves incident and offense reports. Perform related duties as assigned by the Sergeant (Shift Commander). In the regular absence of a sergeant, supervises an element of police personnel engaged in law enforcement duties and enforcement of institutional rules and regulations.
Periodic: Completes and submits warrants for the apprehension of suspects. Discuss cases with prosecuting attorneys, prepares evidence, and appears as a witness in court. Provides emergency notification and coordinates police response to major incidents at any University controlled property. Provides counseling and progressive correction to junior officers, and reports outcome to the Sergeant for disciplinary review.
Minimum Qualifications: EDUCATION: Required: 30 college credits (accredited); or 4 years of Honorable Military Service, and currently enrolled in college courses (accredited); or 1 year of active Police Field Training Officer experience, and currently enrolled in college courses (accredited)
Preferred: 60 college credits (accredited)
EXPERIENCE: Required: 18 months of full-time U.S. Commissioned Police Officer experience, and Basic Texas Peace Officer License
Preferred: Intermediate Texas Peace Officer License Field Training Officer Experience
SUPERVISION: Received: Work is reviewed by supervising officers through activities, reports, and observation of performance.
Given: As assigned and delegated by the assigned Sergeant; in their absence, supervises junior officers.
EQUIPMENT: Required: Must be proficient in the operation and safety procedures of all equipment utilized by the University Police Department necessary to perform assigned tasks.
ACCURACY: Proficiency in all phases of duties performed. Must demonstrate logical and effective problem solving ability. Must be able to provide creditable testimony in a court of law.
PHYSICAL CAPABILITIES: Duties involve driving, walking, running, standing, stooping, climbing, crouching, pushing, jumping over, pulling, carrying, reaching above head, lifting, lowering, hand-wrist and elbow motion, grasping, and holding. Excellent physical condition and vision, ability to hear and speak and full use of arms and legs.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Usual: Exposure to outside weather conditions. May be required to work either day or night on any one of three shifts with varying days off and on holidays. Work involves a degree of hazard.
OTHER: Must hold a Peace Officer Commission issued by the Lamar University Police Department and have a valid drivers license not subject to suspension. Must be eligible to drive a University owned or leased motor vehicle. Must meet certain prerequisites established by the Chief of Police and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement concerning age requirements and physical, mental, and educational standards. Must have the physical and mental capabilities to properly carry out responsibilities and duties as a supervisor and commissioned police officer. Effective written and oral communications skills. Knowledge and skills in emergency medical procedures, first aid and CPR techniques.
Preferred Qualifications: Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas SB 805, Section 657.003.
Security Sensitive Statement: This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.
Lamar University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Lamar University not to discriminate on the basis of non-relevant criteria including, but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment practices.
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Home to more than 14,000 students, Lamar University is one of the fastest growing universities in Texas and is a member of The Texas State University System. LU offers more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The 270-acre campus in Beaumont is about 90 miles east of Houston and about 25 miles west of Louisiana