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Sworn Police Officer
Smith College

Northampton, MA

Admin - Police and Public Safety



Job Number: R-202100171

Job Description

Job Summary

As the first point of contact between students, staff, faculty and the Campus Police Department, act in a professional manner when dealing with persons on the phone and in person. When engaged in Patrol Officer functions, focus on community engagement activities. Strive to develop a relationship with the campus community. Foster relationships by employing different strategies including programs and services that will engage relationship building. Work in a non-police role and help the department with development of new activities as well as help out in current events. Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Essential Functions

  • Staff College events to help maintain safety for attendees (as assigned).
  • Help direct outside departments when they are called onto campus for service.
  • May assist in medical response if currently certified in CPR/First Responder.
  • During patrols of campus report any problems that you may come across to on-duty Officers and fill out work orders for FM if needed.
  • Inspect and report lighting problems on campus.
  • Attend all department mandated trainings and staff meetings as required.
  • Follow department chain of command for notifications and guidance.
  • Maintain confidentiality of department information, records, reports, and logs.
  • Become familiar with department policies and procedures.
  • Maintains an alert, attentive demeanor for the duration of assigned shift.
  • Assist and participate in community engagement activities (as assigned).
  • Employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
Other Functions

  • Answer incoming phone lines and provide appropriate assistance to those calls.
  • Assist walk in traffic when the situation dictates.
  • Periodically monitor numerous security cameras.
  • Promptly answer emergency department phone lines.
  • Monitor Fire & Trouble alarms and dispatch appropriate personnel.
  • Accurately log all department calls for service, officer activity, assistance provided into the department's computer system.
  • Make notifications to College officials and other agencies during emergency and non-emergency situations.
  • Maintain certification on the use of any State or Federal Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS).
  • Support and uphold the department's mission and community-poling philosophy.
  • Provide foot, bicycle, vehicle, or other types of patrol to maintain constant observation of the campus property.
  • Check and secure campus building to help prevent crimes from occurring.
  • Open buildings or rooms as assigned.
  • Provide walking escorts and lockouts for members of the College community.
  • Provide non-emergency medical transports via College vehicle (when authorized) to Cooley Dickinson Hospital or other medical appointments.
All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)

  • Minimum of a High School diploma.
  • Previous dispatching experienced is preferable.
  • Be a sworn police officer
  • Must have a valid driver's license. Must complete and comply with all college driving credentialing requirements. Upon award of this position, a Division of Motor Vehicles background check will be completed.
  • Must hold or be able to obtain shortly after hire CPR and First Responder Certification.
  • Must be able to hold a License to Carry firearms (LTC).
  • Must be able to pass a criminal and work background check, and a medical pre-screening.
  • Be able to work in a diverse community .
Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Can demonstrate good customer service skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, multi-tasked environment.
  • Ability to function calmly & efficiently in all types of situation including emergencies.
Additional Information

Remember that many times callers and those who come to the police department may be upset and the dispatcher should always talk in a calm and rational manner. Treat all persons with dignity and respect.

Please attach/upload a current resume and cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position.

About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women's colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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