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Position Details

Position Title Police Officer
Position Status Full-Time

Position Summary Information

Job Description Summary

The Lewis University Police Department is a trained, professional organization committed to providing a safe and secure educational and working environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. The Campus Police Officer is a member of the Police Department professional staff. The function of the Campus Police Officer is to maintain security and safety for assigned areas, effectively respond to requests for service and enforce applicable state and local laws in addition to University policies. Campus Police Officers are an integral part of the department’s overall community policing strategy. Campus Police Officers are part of the University’s team of first responders equipped to assist in various emergency and non-emergency situations.


Responsible to model the University Mission through dedicated job performance, service excellence to constituents, respectful collaboration and active support of the University’s Catholic and Lasallian Mission.
-Act as one of the University’s first responders equipped to assist in various emergency and non-emergency situations.
-React quickly and calmly to emergency situations by determining an appropriate course of action and ensuring an appropriate response utilizing tact, diplomacy and good judgment to resolve the issue.
-Conduct investigations at the scenes of crimes and accidents by gathering evidence; locating and questioning witnesses and giving aid and support to victims.
-Appropriately utilize computerized law enforcement records systems.
-Provide first aid including CPR and utilization of an AED.
-Understand basic emergency response principles.
-Respond to and investigate fire and burglar alarm activations.
-Assist in implementation of the University Emergency Operations Plan as prescribed.
-Participate in routine patrol and security activities.
-Provide campus wide police patrol on foot and in vehicles to protect the University’s students, faculty, staff, real property and equipment.
-Investigate any observed disturbances, irregularities, hazards or suspicious circumstances.
-Investigate calls for service of a non-criminal nature, and assess individual cases to determine appropriate action.
-Complete special investigations as assigned.
-Mediate disputes involving community members.
-Actively assist and collaborate with other police, fire and public safety agencies as necessary.
-Provide functional supervision to student workers and Campus Safety Officers as assigned.
-Operate and service department vehicles safely and in compliance with all applicable Illinois Vehicle Code provisions and University policy.
-Perform individual post functions as set forth in department orders including checking, locking and opening University buildings and offices.
-Provide motorist assistance such as vehicle unlocks and jump-starts.
-Develop an extensive knowledge of the University, its policies, locations of building, geography and personnel, organizational structure, traffic flow, and problem areas.
-Conduct requested and self-initiated security inspections to assist in environmental management for better security.
-Provide security escorts to students and others upon request.
-Perform crowd control duties as necessary during special events or emergency incidents.
-Safely regulate vehicle and pedestrian traffic flow.
-Enforcement of State and local laws and University policy.
-Enforce University Behavioral standards and policies firmly, tactfully, equally, and with respect for the rights of others.
-Apprehend and arrest suspects for felony or misdemeanor offenses in accordance with State statutes and departmental procedures.
-Enforce traffic and parking regulations as prescribed by applicable Illinois Vehicle Code provisions and University policy.
-Demonstrate an understanding of department policy regarding limits of authority and use of force.
-Possess an ability to manage conflict in unstructured, controversial or complex situations.’ Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate in various situations through various mediums.
-Write reports and maintain appropriate documentation according to departmental standards.
-Ascertain facts by personal contact, observation, investigation and examination of law enforcement records.
-Participate in the development and presentation of crime prevention programming and community education.
-Actively participate in departmental community policing initiative.
-Collaborate with Residence Life staff and other key Student Services departments to provide programming and community outreach.
-Appear as needed in University judicial hearings and criminal and traffic court.
-Assist in field training of new staff as required.
-Courteously greet and assist the public by providing prompt, flexible and user-friendly customer service.
-Use appropriate discretion in handling sensitive and confidential information.
-Interact and support team efforts within and between the University’s divisions and departments.
-Campus police officers may be required to work overtime on an as needed basis and may be called upon to perform other assigned duties as required by the Deputy Chief or Chief of Police.
-Police Officers must maintain a high level of proficiency in the use of police equipment including the handling and use of firearms and be capable of using deadly force as appropriate based on the laws of the State of Illinois and Department policy. Duties may entail other special assignments of similar complexity.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates will have successfully completed an accredited police academy and be certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board as peace officer or have comparable education and experience. Must be at least 21 years of age and have a high school diploma and a minimum of 60 hours of post-secondary education (or an equivalent combination of education and experience). Must possess a valid Illinois driver’s license with a good driving record. Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

-Ability to walk, run, climb, provide assistance to persons in distress, operate required equipment (including police bicycles and various weapon systems), and work outdoors in a variety of adverse weather conditions.
-Must be able to work with flexible schedules involving evening, weekend and holiday work.
-Ability to successfully complete various required departmental training programs (including police bicycle and defensive tactics).
-Ability to send and receive information with necessary optical, auditory and manual dexterity.
-Must pass a psychological exam, basic skills assessment and personality profile.
-Must pass a physical examination.
-Must pass a background investigation including a fingerprint check. Candidates must not have any felony convictions or serious misdemeanor convictions.

Preferred Qualifications

The most qualified candidates will have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution, have previous public safety experience in a campus environment and be proficient in common business computer software applications such as email, word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software.

Essential Duties
Work hours

Full time

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S00165
Posting Date 04/20/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions Summary

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have experience working in an educational campus environment?
    • yes
    • no
  2. * Do you have a bachelor's degree?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents