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University Police Officer

Florida Polytechnic University
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 26, 2023

Make a difference at one of Florida’s premier institutions for education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Florida Polytechnic University, ranked the No. 1 public college in the region by U.S. News and World Report, offers a unique working environment that encourages faculty and staff to be part of a culture that prizes collaboration, innovation, and the willingness to go above and beyond to ensure our students and University succeed. Florida Poly offers a small campus academic environment where students form connections with their faculty and peers as they pursue high-value degrees in engineering and applied sciences.

The University is equipped with cutting-edge facilities and equipment and two award-winning, architecturally distinct academic buildings. Its evolving curriculum, designed to meet the needs of industry and provide a life-long educational foundation for students, has helped the institution grow in prominence since its opening in 2014. Florida Poly’s deliberately small classes, affordability, and outstanding graduate outcomes have helped it earn recognitions such as being named a top value school, in the top 25 nationally for affordability, and in the top five best universities in the South for tech students. Accredited by ABET and SACSCOC, Florida Poly is educating some of the brightest minds in Florida and attracting standout talent from across the nation.


University Police Officer


The Police Officer is responsible for providing professional law enforcement service to the community. The work involves the protection of the public and property, the prevention, detection and investigation of criminal acts or violations, and for maintaining law and order.

An essential and important element of this position is attitude which includes the following: Interacting positively and cooperating with co-workers, responding politely to customers, working as a team member, functioning under intense time pressure and responding in a positive manner to supervision.

Integrity is the foundation of the Florida Polytechnic University Police Department. All members are expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct in both their professional and personal lives.

The Police Officer may perform other related duties and tasks as required or directed, and shall have the physical, mental and emotional abilities to perform the essential job duties of the position.


  • Police Work :
    • Performs all the essential duties of a Police Officer. Responds to all major scenes or incidents; assumes and retains commands at major situations unless otherwise directed; coordinates with other agencies; making proper notifications, as necessary. Provides backup assistance to zone officers and handles calls for service when other units are unavailable.
  • Patrolling :
    • Patrol (foot and vehicle) assigned area(s) to ensure personal safety of the university community and the protection and safety of University facilities.
  • Emergency Response :
    • Responds to incidents, accidents, alarms, dispatched calls, and emergencies, and decides what actions to take based upon the situation. Evaluates emergencies using Incident Command System (ICS) principles, providing first aid, and alerting additional police or emergency personnel as appropriate.
  • Crowd Control :
    • Manages crowd control and surveillance in emergencies such as but not limited to: bomb threats, building lockdowns, active shooter incidents, and fire and emergency situations. Aids traffic and security control during athletic and other special events as necessary.
  • Special Assignments :
    • Participates in special assignments including surveillance and intelligence gathering as determined by crime trends and/or as directed by university officials.
  • The Police Officer may perform other related duties and tasks as required or directed, and shall have the physical, mental, and emotional abilities to perform the essential job duties of the position.
  • Knowledge of:
    • Federal, state, and local laws and ordinances, especially Chapters 112 and 119, Florida statues; Agency General Orders, rules, and regulations.
    • Principles, practices, and equipment used in police work, radio codes, signals, and identification numbers.
    • Basic lifesaving and first aid techniques; officer safety techniques.
  • Skilled in:
    • Communicating with others, both verbally and in writing
    • The use of defense tactics
    • The use of police-related equipment
    • Tactical and safe driving
    • The use of computers and related equipment
    • Interviews and interrogations
    • Basic criminal investigations and crime scene processing
    • Tactical procedures
    • Conducting standardized Field Sobriety Tasks
  • Ability to:
    • Follow commands and directions from supervisors.
    • Read and write English.
    • Operate a motor vehicle.
    • Handle stress.
    • Observe and record events accurately and completely.
    • Write technical reports and correspondence.
    • Define problems, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
    • Conduct interviews and interrogations.
    • Exercise reasonable discretion and judgment.
    • Perform CPR and basic lifesaving activities.
    • Physically restrain violent persons.
    • Lift, drag or otherwise move heavy objects or persons.
    • Work in conditions which are disagreeable in regard to exposure to the elements, hazardous materials, or substances.
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Five (5) years’ experience as a police officer in the state of Florida.
  • Must have successfully completed an additional 360 hours of advanced specialized training approved by the State of Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.
  • In lieu of a degree, any appropriate combination of relevant education, experience, and/or certifications may be considered.
  • Associate degree or higher in criminal justice preferred.
  • In addition to minimum required police officer experience, 1 year of university police department experience preferred.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • FDLE Basic Law Enforcement Academy certification
  • This position requires a criminal background check, which may include a Level II screening as required by Florida Statute §435.04.
  • This position is subject to federal and state privacy regulations.
NORMAL WORK SCHEDULE: This position is non-exempt exempt. Work schedule involves rotating twelve (12) hour shifts or other hours as assigned; includes nights, weekends, and holidays. Travel between campus locations may be required.

TARGET HIRING SALARY: $24.52/hourly ($51,000 annually)

APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE: The position is open until filled, however review of applications will commence immediately.

APPLICATION PROCESS: In addition to completing the online application, all Applicants are required to upload the following as an attachment to the application (preferably in PDF format):

• Cover Letter

• Resume

• List of at least three (3) professional references (names and contact information)


Florida Polytechnic University is an equal opportunity/equal access institution. It is the policy of the Board of Trustees to provide equal opportunity for employment and educational opportunities to all (including applicants for employment, employees, applicants for admission, students, and others affiliated with the University) without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or genetic information.


Florida Poly qualified employees have the opportunity to take advantage of a variety of health benefits (through the State of Florida) to help meet their specific needs, as well as the needs of their family. This comprehensive coverage includes flexible spending accounts, medical and life insurance, and workers compensation.

· Health benefits are administered through People First , on behalf of the State of Florida, as pre-tax insurance plans. People First handles all new hire enrollments, coverage changes, premium administration, and dependent eligibility.

· Their Service Center is staffed Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. EST, at 1-866-663-4735.


Required attachments are listed on each posting. Please be sure to attach all required documents in the Resume/CV field before continuing through the application. Once your application has been submitted, no changes may be made and additional attachments will not be considered.

An unofficial copy of the degree/transcript is acceptable during the application process. For positions requiring a degree, the official transcripts are required upon hire.

Foreign Transcript: Transcripts issued outside of the United States require a equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the application deadline.

All document(s) must be received on or before the closing date of the job announcements.

This position requires a background check, which may include a level II screening as required by the Florida Statute §435.04.

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