PRIMARY FUNCTION Performs law enforcement, crime prevention duties and other general police/security services, enforces state and local laws as well as policies and procedures of the University of Tennessee, and conducts proactive patrol by means of foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or vehicle. Assignments are made based on the needs of the department and are subject to change.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Community Oriented Policing
Serves the community through proactive patrol of assigned area to identify potential security related situations and utilizing problem solving abilities independently and through partnerships
Develops rapport with members of the university community as well as surrounding areas, and establishes partnerships with community members to develop prevention strategies
Provides safety, crime prevention, and community policing information to contacts over the course of patrol duties, and participates in community relations activities Calls for Service
First responder for all emergency calls to include but not be limited to the following: alarms (fire, panic, holdup), hazardous material spills and leaks, traffic crashes, criminal activity in progress, assistance for injured/sick, and crimes in progress
Responder for non-emergency calls to include but not be limited to the following law enforcement or safety and security concerns: Situations that indicate potential for violence or potential volatility and/or require coordination between UTPD and other UT departments for sensitive student, staff, or faculty issues; lock/unlock buildings; assist motorist Investigations
Provides initial investigation for all calls of criminal activity and accidents.
Protects and maintains crime scene as necessary.
Coordinates with detectives regarding cases that require the additional expertise or involvement of the Criminal Investigation Division.
Interviews victims, witnesses, and suspects and informs them of options available and additional processes to follow.
Performs field stops and interviews.
Makes arrests, issues citations, and gives warnings
Prepares and submits applicable offense reports, follow-up reports, and other documentation as needed
Appears in court as prosecuting officer or witness and presents testimony
May be required to appear at university administrative hearings to provide testimony
Prepares and submits applicable follow-up reports
Special Events and Assignments
Provides security for events such as athletic events, concerts, speakers, visiting dignitaries, commencement and numerous other social activities where security personnel may be required to provide crowd control and maintain order
COMMUNICATIONS Internal Daily contact with members of the university to include students, parents, staff, faculty, and visitors to give information/directions, take police reports, conduct preliminary investigations, and provide victim assistance. May represent the department at university meetings or functions. External Frequent contact with members of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to exchange information, provide assistance, or request assistance as necessary. Frequent contact with members of the general public during the delivery of law enforcement services. May communicate with news media on occasion. May serve as liaison between department and other agencies.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS In addition to meeting P.O.S.T. requirements officers must be able to:
Stand for long periods of time, walk, climb, and lift
Meet written departmental standards on appearance/grooming
Pass a thorough background investigation
Possess good moral character and driving record
No prior criminal convictions that would prohibit the individual from meeting the standards set forth by the State of Tennessee to become a law enforcement officer
Pass a Psychological Evaluation
Pass a medical examination including vision screening and drug testing; must obtain immunizations and medical tests as required
Required to work nights/weekends/holidays
Must be able to work in inclement weather or weather extremes
May be confined to patrol car for an entire shift
May be exposed to hazardous materials, infectious disease, blood borne pathogens, steam, car battery acid, loud noises, smoke and fire
Required to be knowledgeable and able to correctly use a TB Mask and other precautionary equipment
JOB SPECIFICATIONS Minimum Education/Experience
High School Education Diploma
Associates Degree or Bachelor Degree
Current Peace Officer Certification
Security, Military, or Law Enforcement
Good customer service skills
Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills
Demonstrate self-restraint in challenging and/or difficult situations
Ability to work in a multi-cultural setting
Demonstrate problem solving skills
Must be a certified police officer meeting all of the requirements for P.O.S.T. certification in Tennessee or be eligible for certification upon hire and completion of P.O.S.T approved police academy
Must have a valid driver's license in the State of Tennessee or be eligible to obtain one within 30 days of appointment
Must be at least 21 years of age
Must attend and successfully complete, annually, a department authorized and POST approved in-service training course consisting of at least forty (40) hours of instruction.
Must successfully complete the department field training program within designated time frame.
PROBATIONARY PERIOD Sworn personnel are required to complete a 3 month and 6 month probationary period rather than the institutional standard 6 month period. The probationary period does not affect employee benefits such as medical and life insurance. All new employees continue to follow institutional guidelines for obtaining and commencing all benefits offered by the University of Tennessee.
TRAINING REIMBURSEMENT The department has a training reimbursement plan that requires repayment of training costs if officer leaves department before three years of service. Further details will be provided.
Interviews will occur with a committee of internal and possible external committee members. The Chief of Police will make the final decision for hiring.
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by employees in this job classification. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
Our primary mission is to move forward the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate the citizens of the state of Tennessee, the nation, and the world. As the preeminent research-based, land-grant university in the state, UT embodies the spirit of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement attained by the nation’s finest public research institutions.