Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal
arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the
racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body.
The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational
experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty,
administration and staff.
Amherst College invites applications for the Detective (Casual)
position. The Detective is a part-time, casual position, without
benefits. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse
liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will
demonstrate the w ays in which they bring value to and will work
towards supporting a broadly diverse community.
Adhering to the principles of community engagement and
community-oriented problem solving, the Detective works to
intentionally build community within a diverse community and
enforces federal and state laws, municipal ordinances, and Amherst
College rules/regulations. Investigates reports of crimes,
accidents, and incidents. Provides emergency response to criminal
activity, fires, fire alarms, intrusion alarms, and patrols of the
college properties and surrounding properties by cruiser or by
foot. Exercises the authority and duties of a police officer
appointed under MGL 22C-63 (special state police officer) and MGL
37-3 (deputy sheriff).
The Detective position is considered an essential position meaning
the employee is expected to report to work even if the College is
closed for weather-related or other reasons. Some overtime,
weekend, and occasional shift change work is required. Due to the
nature of the position, must respond to emergencies as
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities
- INVESTIGATIVE FUNCTION - Enforce federal, state, and
municipal ordinances and college policies. Protect civil rights,
provide intervention and mediation to disputants, provide
intervention, protection, and assistance in domestic violence
cases. Detect criminal activity and take appropriate action against
violators. Identify, collect and preserve evidence. Process
arrested individuals, including determining charges,
fingerprinting, photographing, initiating NCIC check, searching,
removing and inventorying personal belongings and transporting
arrested persons to lock-up; monitoring all prisoners in jail
lockup, according to Massachusetts law. Apply for and serve arrest
warrants; process paperwork on arrests and activity reports; serve
court papers; provide court testimony. Upon request, provide
assistance to the local police off campus.
- COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT - Engage the diverse community on a
daily basis on a non-law enforcement level: inclusive of engaging
students in casual conversation, work and train with the residence
life professional and student staff, meet with groups and
departments on campus, provide formal safety lectures and classes
(such as RAD). Make public presentations regarding crime prevention
and safety to a diverse audience.
- SUPPORT RESIDENTIAL LIFE STAFF-provide support to
professional and student residential life staff as needed. When
requested by residential life staff respond along with them to
noise complaints or other disturbances. Respond with residential
life staff to emergency mental health calls with a potential for
physical violence or the need for involuntary commitment.
- MEDICAL EMERGENCIES - Respond to all accidents or
injuries occurring on College property and assess medical needs.
Provide emergency first aid/CPR in life-threatening situations
until relieved by emergency medical personnel. Assist ambulance
personnel in any way necessary, including lifting equipment and
stretchers; provide evaluation and care for intoxicated persons.
Provide intervention, support and arrange for medical assistance in
mental health emergencies. Arrange transportation for the sick and
injured to appropriate medical facility.
- FIRE PREVENTION and RESPONSE - Respond to and
investigate causes of fire alarms and when cleared by AFD, reset
alarms. Monitor proper evacuation for all fire alarms, conducting
room-to-room searches, if necessary, and reporting offender's name
to appropriate authority. In the event of fire or other potential
disaster, participate in evacuation activities.
- PROVIDE SERVICES - In the absence of Community Service
Officers (CSOs) and/or Custodial staff open buildings when they are
closed to permit use by authorized individuals. In the absence of
CSOs and/or Custodial activate and deactivate intrusion alarm
systems to allow for opening or security of a building. Crowd
control at various events. Give directions and routine information
to College community. Work in the Dispatch Center and perform all
duties and responsibilities of a dispatcher when assigned. Provide
protection for and transportation of College funds on campus and to
local banks. Investigate intrusion alarms. Is an integral component
in the College's Emergency Preparedness Action Plans, e.g bomb
threat or other potential disasters.
- PREVENTIVE PATROL - Patrol buildings, grounds, and other
- Ability to gain certification as a Massachusetts Special State
Police Officer. Certification requires:
- Successful completion of a full basic Massachusetts recruit
academy or written authorization from MPTC indicating approval of
an out-of-state academy. OR
- Ability to successfully complete a Municipal Police Training
Committee (MPTC) certified basic Police Recruit Academy and
- obtain and retain Special State Police powers in accordance
with MGL Chapter 22C, section 63.
- Massachusetts License to Carry a Firearm
- Current CPR/1st Aid/Defibrillator/Epi-Pen/Narcan
- Completion of required annual in-service training, including
MPTC online, MPTC firearms, defensive tactics, and legal
- Successful medical and psychological screening
- Valid Driver's License and be credentialed in accordance with
- Attention to detail,
- Strong problem-solving and time management skills, as well as
the ability to multi-task
- Demonstrated interpersonal, and written and verbal
communication skills, as well as exercise diplomacy, and function
efficiently under extreme conditions
- Requires sensitivity to issues of confidentiality
- Commitment to, experience with, and/or ability to work
effectively with a broad spectrum of individuals from a variety of
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with associates, staff, public officials, civic and
community groups, and the general public.
- Bachelor's Degree in a related field
- Related experience in college or university law
- Previous work on bias, with an understanding of anti-bias
Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth
and development, continued learning, and career advancement.
Amherst College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated
for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may
Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly
competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and
faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our
overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the
options to ensure itmeets your total compensation requirements.
Click here for Benefits Information .
Interestedcandidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter
online at https://amherst.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/Amherst_Jobs
. Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to
clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted.
(Current employees and students should apply by clicking on the
Career icon from their Workday home screen).
applications will begin immediately and will continue until the
position is filled.
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