Patrol Officer

Hattiesburg, MS
University of Southern Mississippi

Salary range: $19.71.

Open until filled

Position Summary:

Performs law enforcement and police department duties involving the protection of life and property through the enforcement of state laws and university rules and regulations.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for performing law enforcement activities; to include but not limited to enforcing federal, state, and local laws and USM rules and regulations.
  • Responds to all emergency calls involving crimes, disturbances, accidents, personal injuries, fires, and natural disasters.
  • Responsible for investigating crimes and violations of USM rules and regulations, accidents, etc.
  • Engages with the community in proactive police activities to prevent crimes, disorder, property loss, accidents, etc.
  • Responsible for providing a wide range of community services involving traffic and crowd control, security at special events, crisis intervention, referrals, escorts, motorist assistance, public information, emergency notification, and medical assistance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • High School graduate or equivalent G.E.D.
  • Valid Mississippi Driver’s License.
  • Mississippi Law Enforcement Certification or graduate of a Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy.
  • Ability to use a personal computer and associated software, police radio, firearms, investigative equipment and resources, photographic and video equipment, basic office equipment.
  • Ability to use spreadsheet software and use of video and other software applications.
  • Basic knowledge and skill within Windows-based computer and software applications, to include Microsoft Office applications, and the ability to use email to send and receive correspondence, proficiency in use of search engines.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Associate’s Degree and/or Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Six months to one year of patrol officer experience with a law enforcement agency.