Saint Martin's University

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Public Safety Officer position

Saint Martin's University
LACEY, WA Full-time
Posted on July 6, 2018

Public Safety Officer position

Provide security, safety and community service to University employees, students and the visiting public.



Essential Functions & Responsibilities - Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this position. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • Patrols university property on foot, bicycle and by motorized vehicle.
  • Monitors access control system and closed circuit TV system
  • Responds to calls for service, including but not limited to fire and trouble alarms, suspicious persons on campus, personal and vehicle accidents, reported crimes against persons and property occurring on campus. 
  • Answers/provides appropriate response to emergency and business related telephone calls.
  • Provides escort services for campus community.  Initiates incident reports and conducts investigations. 
  • Completes accurate logs and records of all security related activities.  Work includes rotating shifts.
  • Provides parking services/enforcement as needed. 
  • Develops and consults with campus community members. 
  • Performs some patrol and escort functions with the use of a motor vehicle or on foot
  • Actively engage campus community in addressing public safety concerns.
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 


Knowledge of:

  • Procedures and rules governing access to private buildings and grounds; rules of public behavior; general safety precautions; law enforcement basics; basic investigation procedures
  • Basic security and fire alarm systems and procedures.
  • Relevant social service agencies.
  • Community Oriented Policing.
  • Mediation and conflict resolution.

Skilled in:

  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Contributing to and providing leadership.
  • Giving and taking direction in stressful or emergency situations.
  • Observing, comparing, or monitoring situations and behaviors to determine compliance with prescribed operating or safety standards.
  • Producing written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation and grammar.
  • Communicating and working with an ethnically diverse campus community.
  • Interpersonal relationships.
  • Methods of managing conflict dealing with people.

 Ability to:

  • Participate and use university sponsored self defense training
  • Communicate effectively, in both oral and written form, including use of two-way radio, telephone, and in face-to-face contacts
  • Respond calmly in stress or conflict situations or campus emergencies.
  • Operate a personal computer using Windows and Windows applications, Internet and email, and word processing software to include creating and editing a document.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with persons from diverse educational, economical and cultural backgrounds, as well as persons with disabilities and mobility challenges.
  • Develop and maintain an extensive knowledge of state criminal law procedures, rules of evidence, safety codes, and university regulations. 
  • Interact with a diverse student resident hall population, implementing the concepts of Campus Community Orient Policing. 
  • Establish rapport with members of a diverse campus community, establishing partnerships and exchange of ideas and information, used to address campus community problems.
  • Be supportive of a Catholic, Benedictine philosophy of education.


  •  Associates degree with studies in social sciences (social justice, criminal justice, psychology, sociology) perferred
  • Prior security experience preferred
  • Must be at least twenty-one years of age in order to legally enter a licensed or unlicensed drinking establishment to enforce rules and regulations. 
  • Possess a valid Washington State driver’s license.
  • Pass a Washington State Patrol background and criminal history check including a review of driving record.
  • Certification in CPR and First Aid required within 30 days of employment.


Work is performed in a standard office environment and outdoors in varying weather conditions. Physical demands include:

  • Be mobile campus wide for appropriate security needs.
  • Sit in and drive a security motor vehicle for a great part of the day.
  • Acute hearing, smell and eyesight is required when working with urgent situations.
  • Fast and immediate response is necessary to protect people from potential harm.
  • Sustained attention is required to respond quickly to constant demands and remain vigilant and attentive. Lack of attention could result in accidents, injury, or a loss of life.
  • Must control own emotions and demonstrate appropriate sensitivity and calmness when dealing with a person who is, hurt, upset, tired or frustrated.  
  • Perform tasks requiring bending, stooping, standing, kneeling, walking and running significant distances; restrain and take into custody another person; lift or otherwise move up to the weight of a person; climb stairs; occasionally work at heights above 30 feet.
  • Ability to be mobile campus wide for appropriate business needs.
  • Operates a variety of standard office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive arm-hand movements.
  • Reading, writing, speaking, hearing, standing, bending, sitting.
  • Learning and comprehending.
  • Requires visual concentration on detail.
  • Manual dexterity and precision required for keyboarding. 


To be considered for this position, please visit us at WORK@SMU