Police Officer


University of North Carolina -

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Police Department is a service agency dedicated to the safety and security of the University community. The Director of Public Safety reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Safety & Risk Management. The delivery of services centers around one primary concern: “Protecting North Carolina’s Future.” This commitment includes the provision of services to the community when crimes occur, as well as the prevention of crime. The employees of the Department of Public Safety continue to work in partnership with the community to deliver the finest possible services available. It is important to recognize that the services provided by this department are in support of a campus that was identified in the Terrorism Assessment Tool used by Orange County as the top designation in Orange County for terrorist attacks. Also, the Smith Center was designated for a site evaluation by the National Guard as part of their assessment of the state for terrorism activity. Emergency and Risk recovery plans are in place to ensure Public Safety’s services are not interrupted in the event of natural or man-made disasters. Additional complexities of the Department of Public Safety include a 911 Communications Center, which serves as back-up to Orange County Emergency Management’s 911 Communications as the second and only additional point of dispatch countywide. In addition to about 40,000 university students, faculty, and staff, the presence of a major medical center certified a Level 1 Trauma Center and major sporting events increases the population served to millions each year.
The department is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The UNC Chapel Hill Department of Public Safety was the first nationally accredited university law enforcement agency in the state, and one of only 43 in the country.
The department consists of about 110 permanent employees including 53 sworn law enforcement officers, and about 85 temporary employees including 30 sworn reserve police officers and about 40 contract security guards. The Operating Budget is approximately $8 million per year.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description

The main purpose of the Public Safety Officer position is to protect and serve the students, faculty, staff and visitors of University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill through law enforcement and crime prevention. The selected candidate will patrol campus and investigate complaints and violations of State laws and local ordinances using the Community Oriented Policing philosophy. This person also develops and implements preventative patrol techniques and performs specialized duties to deter crime and promote effective safety and security practices. Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
High school diploma or equivalency. Certification as a Law Enforcement Officer in accordance with the provisions of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission or the ability to achieve certification within one year of employment. Additional Education and Experience will be necessary for progressive steps (Journey and Advanced).

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
Candidate must be at least 20 years of age at time of appointment; possess a valid North Carolina Driver’s License; pass an in-depth background investigation, which includes driver’s history and criminal history with no felony convictions, psychological testing, polygraph examination, drug screening, and physical. Must successfully complete a three-week department orientation course and a twelve-week department field training program during probationary period; must satisfactorily complete the state mandated probationary period. The selected candidate must possess the ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing and deal with the public and representatives of the criminal justice system in a professional manner. The candidate for this position will be considered an “ESSENTIAL” Emergency Duty Employee. This means that the position is one that is necessary to ensure University operations continue uninterrupted during periods of adverse weather and/or other emergency situations, including those that require the University to close. As such the employee in this position will be required to report to work according to their usual schedule, or upon notification to report outside of their usual work schedule. Work schedule: 48 hours one week, 36 hours second week. Rotating shifts, Dupont Schedule. Applicants who are not eligible for immediate certification will be expected to attend a 5-6 month full time Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) course delivery. Those candidates will be expected to successfully complete BLET, pass the state BLET written exam, and achieve immediate certification as a Law Enforcement Officer in accordance with the provisions of North Carolina Criminal Justice Education Training and Standards Commission.

Preferred Qualifications
Department strongly prefers candidates who possess an Associate’s Degree or higher from an accredited community college or university.

Required Licenses/Certifications
Applicants must be eligible for immediate certification as a Law Enforcement Officer in accordance with the provisions of North Carolina Criminal Justice Education Training and Standards Commission.

Special Physical and Mental Requirements
Candidate must meet physical and psychological requirements of the North Carolina Criminal Education and Standards Commission, which includes a physical exam, psychological exam, and drug test. In addition, the Department of Public Safety requires a polygraph examination.

Position involves being able to subdue resisting suspects and effect forcible arrests; must be able to defend oneself; operating a law enforcement vehicle under emergency conditions during day and night; pursuing fleeing suspects; performing searches of people and buildings involving feeling and detecting objects; exercising independent judgement in determining when to use force and to what degree; enduring verbal and mental abuse; comprehending legal documents including citations, affidavits, and warrants; commanding emergency personnel at accidents, emergencies, and disasters.

All applicants seeking employment as sworn police officers with DPS must participate in a fitness test to ensure they are physically and mentally capable of performing the essential job tasks required of law enforcement officers. Applicants must successfully pass the modified North Carolina Police Officer Physical Abilities test (POPAT) during the screening process. The POPAT’s time requirements are modified as follows: 18 minutes for the Chase Scenario (6 minutes unmodified), and 9 minutes for the Rescue Scenario (3 minutes unmodified). DPS sworn officers must be able to pass the unmodified POPAT annually as a condition of employment.

Position/Schedule Requirements Evening work, Evening work occasionally, Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Night work, Night work occasionally, Overtime, Overtime occasionally, Rotating shifts, Rotating shifts occasionally, Shift work, Shift work occasionally, Valid NC Driver’s License, Weekend work, Weekend work occasionally Position Attributes Stimulus/ARRA Funded No

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