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Public Safety Officer

Bucknell University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Apr 12, 2023

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Public Safety Officer

Job No: 497287
Position Type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Other, Public Safety

At Bucknell Public Safety, our mission is to enhance the quality of life, safety, and security of our community. University Police Officers are responsible for the operational law enforcement function of the Division of Public Safety. These functions include protection of life and property, preservation of peace, maintenance of good order, establishment of relationships with the community, and responding to calls for service. Responsible for ensuring the safety and security of all University property and community members, both on and off campus. Duties include patrolling the campus on foot, bike, and in university-owned vehicles; responding to emergencies quickly and calmly, and determining the appropriate course of action; monitoring campus buildings, including fire, intrusion alarm, remote systems, and other security systems; providing safety escort services for students and employees as requested; providing emergency first aid and/or requesting other medical services as needed; assisting with traffic detail and crowd control during special events; investigating criminal and civil incidents and writing reports; and enforcing parking regulations. Officers are required to participate in on-going job-related training and development activities. Officers must work a flexible schedule including weekdays, weekends, and holidays, over 3 shifts.

Job Duties:
  • To know and enforce all university policies and regulations and local and state laws.
  • Patrol by foot, bike, or vehicle University properties, surrounding areas and neighborhoods as assigned, in an effort to prevent incidents.
  • Have the ability to possess and maintain Act 120 standards in accordance with PA law.
  • Properly and safely carry and use, when necessary, various security devices.
  • Respond to emergencies and incidents in a timely manner; determine the appropriate course of action and notify law enforcement officials or other members of the campus community as appropriate. Provides police and customer services, which include enforcing laws and regulations, de-escalation, problem solving, first aid and general assistance as required
  • Promptly provide emergency first aid and/or request other related medical services as needed.
  • Support the crime prevention and safety mission on campus.
  • Gather and compile information, write reports, and disperse to appropriate parties for criminal, fire, incident, or accident investigations, or for medical or hazardous conditions.
  • Enforce campus traffic and parking regulations; issue tickets and/or citation or warnings as necessary.
  • Provide students and employees escort services as requested. Respond to requests in a timely and courteous manner.
  • Request medical assistance when appropriate for students, staff, faculty, and visitors who may be injured.
  • Respond to a variety of alarms such as fire, burglary, and other supervisory alarms. Assist in conducting alarm testing and evacuation drills. Respond to other types of alarms.
  • Cross-train and serve as communications officer as necessary. In this capacity, monitor alarms, emergency telephone systems, closed circuit television, and dispatch Public Safety staff as needed.
  • Maintain traffic details and crowd control for special events. Assist with event set-up and breakdown of Public Safety equipment.
  • Lock and unlock campus buildings.
  • Familiarization with all record keeping systems and processes for data entry.
  • To assist members and guests of the University in whatever manner possible in Public Safety related problems and issues. - Attend training classes and departmental meetings as required.
  • To assist local law enforcement and fire agencies in the performance of their duties.
  • Provide on-the-job training to co-workers as requested. Regular attendance is required.

    Additional Functions:
  • Provide support and backup to the Communications Officers as needed.
  • All Public Safety Officers are also Campus Security Authorities.
  • Enter information into the computer systems.
  • All other duties as assigned. Support through continued education and equitable actions the University's commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

    Minimum Qualifications:
  • Must be able to obtain PA Act 120 certification; Act 2; or Act 120 equivalent (POST Academy).
  • Must possess or be able to obtain a valid PA vehicle license
  • Must demonstrate good written and oral communication skills.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to interact sensitively and effectively with members of an academic community.
  • Must be available to work weekends and some holidays.
  • Must be able to reach campus within 30 minutes of driving time in the event of an emergency.
  • Must be able to maintain Act 120 & ACT 235 standards including vision requirements.

    Other Requirements:
    All Public Safety personnel must be able to pass a post offer criminal background check, psychological examination, drug screen, and driving record check.
    All Public Safety personnel will be subject to yearly random drug screenings.
    Public Safety personnel must be available to work weekends and some holidays.
    This position is classified as part of essential services. Public Safety Personnel must be able to reach campus within 30 minutes of driving time in the event of an emergency.
    Public Safety personnel must work overtime when emergencies exist or when special programs require it.

    Physical Demands:
    The Public Safety Officer occasionally will be required to lift, move, push, pull, or carry materials weighing from 20 to 50 lbs. Regular walking, biking, and driving is required. Must be able to run, bend, lift, and climb as required. Must be able to quickly respond to critical incidents. Must be able to wear body armor.

    Work Type:
    This position is full-time, benefits eligible, non-exempt position.

    This role is not budgeted for visa sponsorship at this time, all candidates must be authorized to work in the US at the time of submission of the application.

    Salary Range:
    This is a Staff Non-exempt position with a hiring range of $22.22-27.78. The offer rate will be based on a review of the candidate's credentials compared to the qualifications of the position, internal equity, and our overall compensation philosophy.


    Eligible full- and part-time employees are compensated beyond base salary through our total rewards package that includes (but is not limited to):
    - flexible scheduling options determined by role;
    - medical, prescription drug, vision, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance options
    - an outstanding 10% employer contribution to your retirement plan (no contribution requirement for non-exempt positions)
    - generous paid time off, including vacation and sick time, a community service day, and 19 paid holidays (including two full weeks off for Winter Break!)
    - full-time and part-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for themselves. Additionally, full-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for their spouse/spousal equivalent and are eligible for various tuition programs for their children. Credit for full-time benefits eligible employment at other institutions of higher education will be applied to waiting periods.
    - a comprehensive employee wellness program including program incentives
    - a myriad of other benefits, including parental leave, an employee assistance program, fitness center membership, and the power of your Bucknell ID card

    To learn more about Bucknell's benefits, click here! (*Eligibility criteria and waiting periods may apply.)

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
    Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. We endeavor to enhance our capacity to value and capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings. We encourage all individuals to apply and do not discriminate in admissions, employment, educational programs and/or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, sex/gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital or family status, military or veteran status, or genetic information.

    To apply, visit


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