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Police Officer III

Basic Position Information

Job Code: 9068

Title: Police Officer III

Department: Public Safety

Essential Personnel: Yes

Job Family: Administrative Operations

Job Sub-Family: Police

FLSA Classification: NE

Job Grade: 72

Grade Min: $61,195

Grade Mid: N/A

UHD Succession Plan: N

Criticality of Position: N/A

Career Ladder: Pre-Defined

Campus Security Authority: Y

Screening Committee: N

Motor Vehicle Record Check: Y

Job Summary

The Police Officer III performs a variety of duties to ensure that the university campus is a safe environment for faculty, staff, students, and visitors, by preserving the peace, preventing and detecting crime, enforcing the law, and protecting the rights of all citizens.


  • Enforces state and federal laws, along with university policies; enforces traffic laws, conducting traffic stops and issuing citations and violations as appropriate
  • Patrols assigned areas to protect persons and property; performs building checks, doing extensive foot patrols, indoors and out
  • Detects and solves crimes; makes arrests, collects evidence, writes reports, and testifies in court as necessary
  • Responds to emergency calls; assists students, faculty, and staff with questions and problems they may have
  • Prepares reports as necessary
  • Trains new incoming police officers
  • Deters criminal activity by being very visible and active

Marginal Duties

  • Performs all other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct Reports:

  • None

Delegation of Work:

  • N/A

Supervision Given:

  • May train and counsel subordinate(s). May provide feedback to a supervisor regarding other employees' performance, but does not make hiring and dismissal recommendations.


Required Education:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of four (4) years of related job experience


  • Must maintain a valid, current driver's license
  • Police officer certification is required
  • TCOLE certification is required

Preferred Qualifications

  • None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Knowledge of the mission, vision, and core values of the UHD Police Department
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and methods of modern law enforcement, traffic control, and patrol services
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations
  • Knowledge of university policies;
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and methods of police record
    • keeping


  • Good technical skills, including proficiency in MS Office; strong analytical and problem
    • solving skills; excellent interpersonal and communication skills.


  • Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively, and to take the proper course of action
  • Ability to defuse situations when necessary
  • Ability to prepare reports; ability to conduct investigations; ability to assume peace officer responsibilities
  • Ability to exercise discretion; ability to maintain composure in an emergency situation
  • Ability to adapt to changing technologies, practices, and situations
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community

Work Location and Physical Demands

Primary Work Location:

  • This is a uniform position in an indoor and outdoor environment
  • All positions requiring peace officer certification should be prepared for full field duty at any time regardless of primary assignment. Personnel may be reassigned to field duty at any time either permanently or temporarily to assure appropriate field staffing levels
  • Incumbent may be allowed routine office wear as required for performance of duty.

Physical Demands:

  • Requires maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, standing, or walking for prolonged periods of time, as well as for bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling, jumping, and climbing; adequate speech, hearing, visual acuity, and ability to distinguish color is required; may be required to carry, push, pull, drag, or hold medium to heavyweight objects of up to 100lbs. The use of fingers, both hands, both arms, and both legs are required
  • May be required to take offensive and/or defensive action during physical confrontations. May be exposed to animal and human body fluids, hazards of emergency driving, hazards associated with traffic control and working in and near traffic, working in and near-natural and man-made disasters, inclement weather conditions, and extreme temperatures
  • May be required to work in and around heavy vehicles and equipment. May be exposed to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, and gases when assisting in emergency calls. Possible exposure to hazardous chemicals, high voltage and toxic materials, waste, and infectious diseases
  • May involve exposure to an emergency public safety environment, emergency and disaster situations, potentially hostile environments, and dangerous and/or hostile people
  • Requires the ability to safely discharge a firearm
  • Requires the ability to safely operate motorized equipment and assigned vehicles
  • Requires frequent contact with the public
  • Works irregular hours that include evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Works overtime with short or no notice

Position Specific Competencies

Commitment to Excellence - UHD

  • Demonstrates a commitment to competently perform his/her job duties and responsibilities within established time frames.
  • Continuously strives to improve work performance.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her commitments to the university.
  • Contributes to the success of the university by consistently providing quality results in the performance of his/her job duties and responsibilities.

Respect and Cooperation

  • Treats others with courtesy, respect, and dignity in the workplace.
  • Promotes cooperation through open and honest communications and consideration of others ideas, thoughts, and opinions.


  • Demonstrates high ethical standards of conduct in the performance of his/her job duties and responsibilities.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her actions.
  • Respects and complies with department and university policies, procedures, and work rules.


  • Possesses required job skills and knowledge.
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to competently perform his/her job duties and assignments.


  • Takes responsibility to accomplish job assignments within reasonable deadlines.
  • Willing to accept new projects and/or commitments.
  • Does due diligence to complete projects within specified timeframes and/or fulfill commitments.
  • Arrives to work on time prepared and ready to contribute.


  • Willingly adjusts to changing work assignments or conditions.
  • Open to changes in operational procedures, technology, and/or organizational structure.
  • Views changes as opportunities for learning and professional development.
  • Displays a positive attitude to encourage others.
  • Promptly responds to changes in work priorities and/or unexpected circumstances or situations.

Focus on Customer Service

  • Focuses on customer's needs and expectations. (Customers can be students, external constituents, employees, or university guests.)
  • Respectfully ascertains customer's needs and determines appropriate response.
  • Promptly responds by providing requested information, takes appropriate action, or refers customer to appropriate individual or department.
  • If further actions need to be taken, advises customers of realistic timeframes for a response to their request.
  • Follows up with customers on outstanding requests in a timely manner.
  • Tactfully explains to customers why their needs and/or expectations cannot be met if the university does not provide the requested information or services.

Public Safety

  • Recognizes and immediately reacts to potential danger.
  • Uses sound judgment to protect co-workers, students, and citizens; enforce laws and ordinances; and diffuse threatening situations.
  • Complies with police rules and regulations.
  • Prepares clear and concise offense reports in a timely manner.

Student Success Indirect Support

  • Contributes to student success by assisting students with anything that supports their student experience, whether directly or indirectly.
  • Helps students navigate their way through the different offices, programs, and services at the university and/or connects students with the appropriate party(ies).
  • Connects students with services or resources that can help them with career exploration, goal selection, and ongoing academic assistance.
  • Helps students build peer support networks.
  • Encourages student participation in out-of-class activities.
  • Provides encouragement and guidance to foster student success.
  • Treats students with respect
  • Maintains the learning environment to ensure quality and/or sound pedagogy.

This job description may not encompass all duties and responsibilities associated with the position.