Holyoke Community College is housed on a multi-million-dollar, 135-acre campus, equipped with state-of-the art technology in specialized learning facilities. HCC serves over 9,000 students annually, and provides a variety of recreational and cultural activities, from sports programs to music festivals, for students and community members alike. The college's strongest assets continue to be an innovative spirit, a sincere concern for students and a commitment to strive for even greater success. These are the values which have created a tradition of excellence spanning more than six decades, and which are enabling Holyoke Community College to meet today's challenges.
As a Campus Police Officer, the candidate should be knowledgeable about relevant laws and regulations and be able to effectively communicate with members of the college community. They should be physically fit and able to handle emergency situations calmly and efficiently. Additionally, they should be able to work collaboratively with other members of the department and maintain a professional demeanor at all times.
Ensures and maintains a secure campus environment; investigate complaints and reports of suspicious activity; control crowds as necessary.
Provides protection and security of persons, facilities and property.
Patrols campus buildings and adjacent area(s) via foot, bike or Campus Police vehicle.
Enforces college and department policies, rules and regulations, local laws, Massachusetts General Laws, and federal laws.
Exercises police powers by making arrests, searching persons, and/or restraining and transporting violent persons; advise suspects of their constitutional rights to prosecute violators and to prevent further violations of law.
Investigates crimes by interviewing witnesses, victims and others; mediate disputes; preserve crime scenes for examination by experts.
Enforces campus traffic and safety regulations by directing traffic; assisting operators of disabled motor vehicles; assisting pedestrians in crossing streets; writing traffic tickets; inspecting licenses, permits and registrations for validity; and ensuring an orderly flow of traffic during snow removal or sanding.
Operates equipment, such as but not limited to two-way radios, base stations, public address system, emergency medical equipment, office machines, firearms and riot control equipment.
Performs related duties such as cooperating and sharing information with other agencies; notifying designated personnel of emergencies; writing activity reports, daily logs, and investigative reports; maintaining records on lost-and-found items, criminal records and files on known criminals; assisting in the evacuation of community members in fire drills; assisting in fire fighting operations; and raising and lowering flags.
Provides emergency medical assistance.
Provides assistance to courts or grand juries in prosecution cases.
Work during periods of inclement weather, hurricanes, blizzards, natural and manmade disasters.
Performs occasional mandatory overtime, details, and campus dispatch and switchboard operator duties.
Promotes community policing and community engagement in all tasks and duties.
Participates in community engagement and continually offer exceptional customer service to the entire Holyoke community and surrounding areas.
Focus on the Commonwealth's Equity Agenda by applying related best practices throughout all job functions.
Perform other duties as assigned, consistent with the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Must be able to meet the requirements of Chapter 253 of the Acts of 2020 (Police Reform Bill*):
Candidates must be 21 years of age at the time of hire.
Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.
Successful completion of a Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC)-approved basic training program.
All candidates must complete Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST) -approved physical and psychological fitness evaluation.
As a condition of employment, candidate must pass a state and national background check.
All final candidates must pass an examination approved by POST.
Possess and maintain first aid and CPR certificates.
All final candidates must successfully complete an interview administered by POST.
Good moral character and fit for employment in law enforcement as determined by POST.
*Please be advised that not all requirements listed above need to be met or satisfied prior to hire.
Possess or have the ability to obtain and maintain a Class A license to carry firearm (M.G.L. c.140, section 131).
Possess and maintain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
Knowledge of police procedures and practices, the law of arrest, and criminal procedures.
Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to prepare written reports.
Reliable transportation in order to travel to and from meetings, trainings, or campus and community locations as required.
Possess physical stamina and endurance.
Demonstrated ability to:
Establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others.
Deal tactfully with others.
Interact with people who are under physical and/or emotional stress.
Maintain a calm manner, make decisions, and act quickly in stressful and emergency situations.
Exercise discretion in handling confidential information.
Exercise sound judgment.
Establish rapport with others.
Follow oral and written instructions.
Maintain accurate records.
Use proper grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Read, write and comprehend the English language.
Work accurately with names, numbers, codes and/or symbols.
Ability to perform arithmetic computations with speed and accuracy (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).
Gather information by examining records and documents and observing and questioning individuals.
Assemble items of information in accordance with established procedures.
Utilize investigative techniques to obtain information.
Understand and apply the laws, rules and regulations governing assigned unit activities.
Give written instructions in a precise, understandable manner.
Lift heavy objects or persons.
Adapt to varying work situations.
Stand and/or walk for prolonged periods of time.
A comprehensive list of duties may be found at the Massachusetts Human Resources Division- Classification Specification under the "Campus Police Officer" series. PREFERRED:
Experience or knowledge in the use of police dispatching software, report writing programs, or CJIS technology.
Ability to speak a language in addition to English.
EQUIVALENCY STATEMENT: Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position.
Full-Time, AFSCME unit position
Biweekly salary: $1,820.73; Grade 15. To be promoted to Grade 16 after satisfactory completion of college approved training, plus a comprehensive State benefits package. Funding Source: State Hours: 40 hours per week **A physical examination (at the College's expense) will be required of the candidate who is offered employment.
All candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States. HCC is not sponsoring H1B Visa.
Pre-Employment Background check, including Criminal History will be conducted for all positions.
Holyoke Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.