Police Officer

Posting Details

Requisition Information

Open Date 12/11/2017
Close Date

Classification Information

Classification Title Police Officer (FT)
Division Provost's Office
Department Sewanee Police Department
FLSA Status Non-Exempt Hourly
Career/Pay Band NE10
Work Schedule Full Year
If Other, specify months
Full Time vs Part Time Full Time
Appointment Regular
If Term, specify number of years
Primary Function

Performs law enforcement, crime prevention duties, and other general police/security services; enforces state and local laws as well as ordinances, policies and regulations of the University; conducts proactive patrol by means of foot or vehicle. Police Officers must at all times support the University’s mission, respect the rights and dignity of all individuals, and deal ethically with the public.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities

Assignments are made based on the needs of the department and are subject to change.

Community Oriented Policing
1. Serves the community through proactive patrol of campus to identify potential security related situations and utilizing problem solving abilities independently and through partnerships
2. Develops rapport with members of the university community as well as surrounding areas, and establishes partnerships with community members to develop prevention strategies
3. 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
1. 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.
2. Responder for nonemergency 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 SPD and other University departments for sensitive student, staff, or faculty issues; lock/unlock buildings; assist motorists.
1. Provides initial investigation for all calls of criminal activity and accidents.
2. Protects and maintains crime scene as necessary.
3. Assist Investigator as needed with investigation duties.
3. Performs field stops and interviews.
4. Makes arrests, issues citations, and gives warnings
5. Prepares and submits applicable offense reports, follow-up reports, and other documentation as needed.

Judicial Proceedings
1. Appears in court as prosecuting officer or witness and presents testimony.
2. Appears at University administrative hearings to provide information.
3. Prepares and submits applicable follow-up reports
Special Events and Assignments
1. 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.

Judgment Required Judgment and discretion as to the use of established policies are required to perform the essential duties of this position.
Budgetary Responsibility None
Machines & Equipment Used

Automobile, firearms,mobile radios, computer, camera, radar unit, breathalyzer

Job Specifications/Position Qualifications (minimum)


High School Diploma or equivalent; College Degree Preferred


Current Peace Officer Certification
Security, Military, or Law Enforcement

Job Related Skills

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 multicultural setting
Demonstrate problem solving
Make decisions in very stressful and sometimes hostile, life threatening situations


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

Personal Interaction/Communications

Student Contact

Daily; providing public safety and enforcing University regulations and state/county laws


Daily; providing public safety and enforcing University regulations and state/county laws


Daily; providing public safety and enforcing University regulations and state/county laws

Supervisory Responsibility

Supervision Received This position receives general supervision. Broad instructions are provided and the staff member uses judgment and experience to carry out assignments. Completed assignments and finished products are reviewed by supervisor after completion.
Positions Directly Supervised
Positions Indirectly Supervised

Confidential Information

Confidential Information

Police Records, investigations, etc.

Work Environment

Working Environment

Outdoor work frequently 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.
Often responding to hostile and life threatening incidents.

University Employment Information

University Information

The University of the South comprises a well-regarded College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a distinguished School of Theology. It is an institution of the Episcopal Church that welcomes individuals of all backgrounds. The University is located on a striking, 13,000-acre campus on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau.

EEO Statement

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Employment Prescreening Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening
Non-Discrimination Statement

The University of the South’s policy against discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation is consistent with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 34 CFR Part 106, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and 34 CFR 104.7, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008. In addition to contacting the Title IX Coordinator, who is the compliance coordinator, persons with inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 may contact the Regional Civil Rights Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region IV, 61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 19T70, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter