Tennessee, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 25, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Title: Sergeant

Position Summary: Oversee subordinates and provide patrol and investigative services; enforce the state, local and federal laws; enforce college policies and procedures; and provide a variety of security and enforcement services that promotes and maintains a safe campus. Must have the ability and willingness to work any shift assigned.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Oversees subordinate staff-initiates orders and directives to police officers and security officers as necessary. Assigns duties and ensures the completion of stated duties by visually and physically inspecting completed duties and assignments as required. Assists with buildings security checks and patrolling the campus as required. Seeks solution to possible problem before event occurs. Responds to radio dispatches and answers calls and complaints. Responds to emergency calls and alarms and assists in determining the cause or origin of an emergency. Assists and/or directs securing an area and containing any emergency situation. Assists students, faculty, and other campus visitors with questions, directions, issuing temporary parking permits, opening and closing buildings and classrooms, and various other activities. Performs CPR, First Aid, and use AED equipment as needed. Reports unsafe conditions. Arrests, restrains, and transports subjects, and performs all duties of a certified police officer within the context of a College environment. Investigates criminal offenses, traffic accidents, injury reports, and various other reported situations. Oversees and performs investigations including surveillance review, interviews, gathering of intelligence, ensures the security of and the investigation of crime scenes. Responsible for ensuring officers provide adequate security coverage and police protection for all campuses; must fill inadequacies in staffing when required. Ensures that forms and reports are completed in a timely fashion; reviews all reports and forms for accuracy, provides feedback for corrections to be made. Oversees and provides “On-the-Job Training” for newly hired police and security officers. Oversees and performs the transport of money on and off the campus as required. Oversees and investigates complaints concerning traffic, parking, and individuals, etc. Plans, coordinates, and maintains an effective parking and traffic control operation for college and non-college campus events. Carries out orders from the Chief(s) regarding the department; informs and works collaboratively with police department managers on all issues and operations related to campus safety and security, and to address identified campus needs and concerns. Assists in development of and conducts training programs for campus police. Oversees, counsels and documents officers working under his/her oversight. Uses and is responsible for training and overseeing police and security officers in the use of records management system, monthly reports, college work order system, and other law enforcement related computer systems. Ensures adequate procedures are followed for protecting the security, confidentiality and integrity of departmental and College records which may include student records. May be required to work overtime and/or be on call and to be able to respond to emergencies within a reasonable time. Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent. Must be at least 21 years of age. Five years of experience as a police officer with satisfactory service rating by superior. Graduate of an accredited, approved police academy and be a certified police officer meeting all the requirements for P.O.S.T certification in Tennessee. Meet the requirements of TCA 38-8-106 and TCA 38-8-107 Qualifications of Police Officers. Out of state applicants are required to meet Tennessee P.O.S.T certification requirements within six (6) months of hire. Prior law enforcement experience as full-time certified officer must be within the past three (3) years. Must have not been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor or controlled substances. Possess a valid Tennessee driver's license. Out of state applicants must obtain a Tennessee driver's license within thirty (30) days of hire. Pass a thorough background investigation. Pass a medical examination including vision screening and drug testing. Pass a psychological evaluation. Must successfully complete the department field training program within designated time frame. Proficiency in firearms and non-lethal weapon operation.

Preferred Qualifications: Associates degree in Criminal Justice or related field. Five years of increasingly responsible law enforcement experience including three years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Work Characteristics: Possess excellent customer service skills. Considerable knowledge of effective management and supervisory practices and ability to plan and supervise the work of others. Substantial judgment and independent initiative. Ability to practice effective communication techniques both orally and in writing including ability to coordinate a variety of resources in gathering information and independently answering inquiries. Work involves frequent departmental or public interaction requiring professionalism, tactfulness, fairness, and decisiveness. Demonstrate self-restraint in challenging and/or difficult situations. Possess the ability to work in a multi-cultural setting. Demonstrate problem solving skills. Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations and to determine proper course of action. Ability to ascertain facts by personal conduct, observation and the evaluation of records. Ability to explain and interpret pertinent provisions of laws, ordinances, and regulations. A basic knowledge of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, basic First Aid, the dangers and protective measure for blood borne pathogens and other transmittable diseases, and the ability to render aid at accidents, crime scenes, and medical emergencies. Ability to enforce laws firmly and with respect for the rights of others. Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions. Ability to maintain strict confidentiality in working with sensitive information. Ability to handle multiple, simultaneous responsibilities in oftentimes stressful situations. Ability to operate modern office equipment including computer equipment. Ability to meet written department directives. Must have the ability and willingness to work any shift assigned.

Physical Requirements: This is medium work requiring the exertion of 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects, and some heavy work requiring the exertion of 100 pounds of force occasionally, up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Work requires climbing, balancing, stooping, crouching, crawling, standing, walking, running, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, and feeling; Ability to escalate physical exertion from minimum to maximum instantaneously when necessary to subdue/restrain individual. Vocal communication is required for conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly or quickly; hearing is required to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or make fine distinctions in sound; visual acuity is required for night vision, peripheral vision, preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/ or small parts, use of measuring devises, operation of motor vehicles or equipment, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work and observing general surroundings and activities.

Work Environment:
The worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, noise, hazards and atmospheric conditions. The worker may be exposed to blood borne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protection equipment. As with any position in law enforcement, conditions may be unsafe.

Pay Rate: 38,250.00 - 45,900.00 annual salary depending on experience

Open until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the application process. Official transcripts will be required upon hire.

Applicants are subject to a background check.
Equal Opportunity
Volunteer State Community College, an AA/EEO employer, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age (as applicable), status as a covered veteran, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal or state civil rights law. See the full non-discrimination policy.

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