Police Officer, Public Safety

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July 12, 2021

JOB OBJECTIVES  (Purposes of the position.)

Performs a variety of law enforcement work including public service and enforcement of local, state and federal laws.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS  (Functions essential to attaining job objectives.)                  

  • Effect an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints; subdues resisting suspects using maneuvers and weapons and resort to the use of hands, feet and other approved weapons in self-defense.
  • Prepare investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations.
  • Exercise independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest, and when force may be used and to what degree.
  • Operate a law enforcement vehicle during both the day and night in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow.
  • Communicate effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
  • Gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statement of victims, witnesses, suspects and confidential informers.
  • Pursue fleeing suspects and perform rescue operations which may involve quickly entering and exiting law enforcement patrol vehicles; lifting, carrying and dragging heavy objects; climbing over and pulling up obstacles, ditches and streams; crawling in confined areas; balancing on uneven or narrow surfaces and using body force to gain entrance through barriers.
  • Load, unload, aim and fire from a variety of body positions handguns, shotguns and other agency firearms under conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force and at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification standards.
  • Perform searches of people, vehicles, buildings and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time, detaining people and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons.
  • Conduct visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.
  • Engage in law enforcement patrol functions that include such things as working rotating shifts, walking on foot patrol and physically checking the doors and windows of buildings to ensure they are secure.
  • Effectively communicate with people, including juveniles, by giving information and directions, mediating disputes and advising of rights and processes.
  • Demonstrate communication skills in court and other formal settings.
  • Detect and collect evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions and that indicate the presence of dangerous conditions.
  • Endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment.
  • Perform rescue functions at accidents, emergencies and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time, administering emergency medical aid, lifting, dragging and carrying people away from dangerous situations and securing and evacuating people from particular areas.
  • Process and transport prisoners and committed mental patients using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints.
  • Put on and operate a gas mask in situations where chemical munitions are being deployed.
  • Extinguish small fires by using a fire extinguisher and other appropriate means.
  • Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits and warrants.
  • Process arrested suspects to include taking their photographs and obtaining a legible set of inked fingerprint impressions.

PHYSICAL STANDARDS  (Minimum level of physical agility/ability to perform essential job function.)  Class C:

  • Sitting, standing, walking, bending/stooping, squatting, reaching above shoulder level, kneeling, balancing.  
  • Occasionally climbing, crawling; lifting.  Frequently carrying up to 24 pounds.  Occasionally carrying 25 to 150 pounds.
  • Job requires occasional working at heights and around moving machines.
  • Occasional exposure to extreme temperatures; use of personal protective equipment.
  • Possible exposure to physical, chemical, and biological hazards.
  • Possible high physical exertion.
  • Ability to use firearm.


Must be able to perform to standard without direct supervision.    

ACCOUNTABILITY  (Immediate Supervisor/Department Head)

Sergeant, Assistant Director, Director.

KNOWLEDGE  (Necessary to perform job objectives). Must have knowledge of:

  • Campus geography;
  • Applicable laws, ordinances and of departmental rules and regulations;
  • The principles of legal procedures and processes;
  • Use of force doctrines.    

ABILITY  (Necessary to perform job objectives). Must have ability to:

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and personnel of organizations divisions and units;
  • Think logically and to analyze and interpret problems assigned;
  • Organize and plan work effectively; 
  • Work closely with others as a cooperative team, and display team leadership;
  • Gather, assemble, correlate, and analyze facts and devise solutions to problems; understand and follow written and oral instructions;                          
  • Work under varying climatic conditions; work long hours while standing; 
  • Recognize the need for action and carry through on your own;
  • Make decisions in accordance with laws, policies and regulations and apply these to work problems;                         
  • Work independently; 
  • Formulate logical, reasonable conclusions based on available factual information.

LICENSE/CERTIFICATIONS  (Minimum license/certifications required to perform job functions.)                        

  • Possession of a valid Missouri motor vehicle operator's license and willingness to use own transportation in the course of performing required duties.
  • Personal motor vehicle liability insurance.
  • Missouri Certification as a Law Enforcement Officer.
  • CPR and Red Cross First Aid Certification.
  • First Responder certification.
  • AED certification.
  • Breathalyzer and Radar Certification.
  • Defensive Tactics.
  • Failure to maintain required license or certifications is cause for suspension or termination.

EQUIPMENT  (Machines, devices, tools, etc., used in job performance.)                    

Firearms, duplicating equipment (copier), motor vehicle (car, pickup, van), telephone, telecommunications equipment, computer terminal, breathalyzer, radar gun, baton.

JOB LOCATION  (Place(s) where work is performed)

General Services Safety Building; routine patrolling and travel for training.

JOB STANDARDS (Minimum qualifications needed to perform essential job functions.)

  • High school diploma; college course work in criminal justice field or related field preferred. 
  • Must pass required training leading to prescribed certifications within one (1) year following employment.
  • Involves working shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays. 
  • Hazardous work conditions exist due to the nature of duties. 
  • This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position.  Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, which do not exceed the physical limitations of the employee or for which reasonable accommodations could be made.

TO APPLY:  Submit a cover letter, resume, and completed staff application; copy of driver's license; high school and/or college transcripts; copy of current POST license online at employment.truman.edu or by mail to Truman State University, Human Resources MC 101, 100 E Normal Ave, Kirksville, MO 63501-4221.

Final candidate(s) will be expected to undergo and satisfactorily pass a background check, physical, computer voice stress analysis, drug screening and psychological evaluation.

Review of applications will begin July 30, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Direct inquiries to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and titleix@truman.edu.


Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101,  100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO  63501, 660-785-4031 or hrstaff@truman.edu


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