Police Officer 1

Memphis, TN
Southwest Tennessee Community College - Public Safety

Position Summary Southwest Tennessee Community College is a comprehensive, multicultural, public, open—access college. Southwest began operation on July 1, 2000, through legislation that consolidated Shelby State Community College and State Technical Institute at Memphis. Southwest has 6 campuses/centers from which it offers over 100 programs and over 20 technical certificate programs. We foster student success, transform lives, and increase the educational level of a diverse community in Shelby and Fayette counties. Southwest is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. We invite you to become a part of the Southwest Team!


This is a full-time, fiscal year position working under general supervision of the Director of Public Safety.

The Police Officer 1 investigates crimes and accidents, protects faculty, staff, students, visitors, and property.

He/she responds to calls for assistance, including emergency and crisis situations, as well as provides other safety related services.

He/she must be flexible to work different shifts if and when deemed necessary.


Typical Duties and Responsibilities    

Required Qualifications    • Meets the basic minimum requirements of a Certified Police Officer, per TCA 38-8-107, having attended and completed a law enforcement academy with a curriculum approved by the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (P.O.S.T).

  • Must be a retired or recently separated sworn law enforcement officer with an active P.O.S.T. certificate.
  • Meets the requirements of TCA 38-8-106, Qualifications of Police Officers:
  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age;
  • High school graduate or possess equivalency;
  • Not have been convicted of or plead guilty or nolo contender to ANY felonies;
    • or misdemeanor Domestic Violence;
  • Not have been released or discharged under any other than honorable discharged from any of the armed forces of the United States;
  • Have his/her fingerprints on file with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation;
  • Have a good moral character as determined by a thorough investigation conducted by Department of Police/Public Safety;
  • Must pass a physical examination by a licensed physician;
  • Must pass a psychological examination by a licensed physician;
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Two (2) years of experience in the armed forces or as a commissioned police officer is preferred, but not required.
  • Associate’s degree preferred, but not required.


Preferred Qualifications  

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Work Characteristics        • Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, government regulations, and executive orders.

  • Knowledge of campus policies, city, county and state laws.
  • Knowledge of effective methods of investigations.
  • Knowledge of geographic areas of the campus.
  • Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations and to determine proper course of action.
  • Ability to ascertain facts by personal contacts, observation, and the examination of records.
  • Ability to explain and interpret pertinent provisions of laws, ordinances, and regulations.
  • Ability to enforce laws firmly, tactfully and with respect for the rights of others.
  • Ability to follow and/or issue oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with students, the public and other employees.