Located along Florida’s I-4 High Tech Corridor, Florida Poly opened
its doors in August 2014 as the state’s 12th university and the
only one dedicated to core subjects in Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics (STEM education). The non-traditional
academic environment focuses on applied learning, specifically in
technology and engineering. Small class sizes give faculty the
opportunity to work closely with high-caliber students, and the
most advanced technology, including a Supercomputer, 3D printing
lab, media lab and nanotechnology lab, sets Florida Poly apart from
other state universities. Florida Poly’s innovative approach to
higher education allows students to learn strong fundamentals
within a traditional university department structure, while giving
them opportunities to apply their learning through research and
projects in emerging high-tech concentrations like Cyber Security,
Big Data Analytics, Machine Intelligence and more. The University
partners closely with industry leading firms, and faculty members
are rewarded for more than just publishing. Industry involvement,
problem solving, and the commercialization of technology and
research through start-ups and small businesses are
University Police Officer
Job Description Summary
Florida’s only public university exclusively teaching science,
technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is looking for exceptional
candidates to serve as a Police Officer in the University Police
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
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
- 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
- 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
- Special Assignments :
- Participates in special assignments including surveillance and
intelligence gathering as determined by crime trends and/or as
directed by university officials.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Must have successfully completed an additional 360 hours of
advanced specialized training approved by the State of Florida
Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.
REQUIRED LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, AND/OR OTHER SPECIFIC
REQUIREMENTS OF LAW:
- Associate degree or higher in criminal justice preferred.
- In addition to minimum required police officer experience, 1
year of university police department experience preferred.
NORMAL WORK SCHEDULE:
- 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
- This position is subject to federal and state privacy
This position is non-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
: $17.79/hr. - $19.23/hr., commensurate
APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE
: The position is open until
filled, however review of applications will commence
: 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
• List of at least three (3) professional references (names and
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
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 Benefits 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
· 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
· Their Service Center is staffed Monday through Friday, from 8
a.m.–6 p.m. EST, at 1-866-663-4735.
Special Instructions Regarding Attachments:
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
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