Police Officer

Sewanee, TN
University of the South

Position Summary:

Performs law enforcement, crime prevention duties, and other general police/security services; enforces state and local laws as well as ordinances, policies, and regulations of the University; conducts proactive patrol by means of foot or vehicle. Police Officers must at all times support the University’s mission, respect the rights and dignity of all individuals, and deal ethically with the public.

This position receives general supervision. Broad instructions are provided and the staff member uses judgment and experience to carry out assignments. Completed assignments and finished products are reviewed by the supervisor after completion.

Essential Functions:

  • Serves the community through proactive patrol of campus to identify potential security-related situations and utilizing problem-solving abilities independently and through partnerships.
  • Develops rapport with members of the university community as well as surrounding areas, and establishes partnerships with community members to develop prevention strategies.
  • Provides safety, crime prevention, and community policing information to contacts over the course of patrol duties, and participates in community relations activities.
  • First responder for all emergency calls to include but not be limited to the following: alarms (fire, panic, holdup), hazardous material spills and leaks, traffic crashes, criminal activity in progress, assistance for injured/sick, and crimes in progress.
  • Responder for nonemergency calls to include but not be limited to the following law enforcement or safety and security concerns: Situations that indicate potential for violence or potential volatility and/or require coordination between SPD and other University departments for sensitive student, staff, or faculty issues; lock/unlock buildings; assist motorists.
  • Provides initial investigation for all calls of criminal activity and accidents.
  • Protects and maintains crime scenes as necessary.
  • Assist Investigator as needed with investigation duties.
  • Performs field stops and interviews.
  • Makes arrests, issues citations, and gives warnings.
  • Prepares and submits applicable offense reports, follow-up reports, and other documentation as needed.
  • Appears in court as prosecuting officer or witness and presents testimony.
  • Appears at University administrative hearings to provide information.
  • Prepares and submits applicable follow-up reports.
  • Provides security for events such as athletic events, concerts, speakers, visiting dignitaries, commencement, and numerous other social activities where security personnel may be required to provide crowd control and maintain order.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent; College Degree Preferred.
  • Must be a certified police officer meeting all of the requirements for P.O.S.T. certification in Tennessee or be eligible for certification upon hire and completion of P.O.S.T. approved police academy.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license in the State of Tennessee or be eligible to obtain one within 30 days of appointment.