The Samford University Department of Public Safety (SU-DPS) is a fully-functioning police agency which provides for 24/7/365 law enforcement services to the greater campus community. Sworn police officers are vital members of the agency in ensuring a safe and secure campus community. Police officers provide all types of law enforcement functions to include, but are not limited to the following: providing preventative policing patrol, responding to service calls for law-enforcement related assistance, filing incident/offense reports, performing investigations, providing positive campus engagement, and assisting other law enforcement agencies as needed.
- Complete required reports (incidents/offense, accidents or any other reports as needed).
- Respond to calls for service (provide jump starts & lock outs) or other significant incidents occurring on University property.
- May be required to appear in an administrative or court hearings as deemed necessary.
- Conduct follow-up investigations and prepare written reports as may be required.
- Communicate effectively with the public during routine and unusual situations.
- Assist the shift supervisor with monthly in-service training.
- Perform or assist in the performance of risk assessments relating to departmental responsibilities by buildings and grounds for safety hazards.
- Assist with University deposits and escorts, if necessary.
- Maintain liaison with University officials, law enforcement and fire departments to promote the safety and security of the University.
- Provide location directions to citizens as required.
- Prepare court documents for hearings as necessary.
- Prepare monthly activity reports.
- Lock, unlock and secure buildings and facilities.
- Provide preventative patrol, direct traffic, and setup and remove barricades/cones for special events and emergencies.
- Secure main gate at night and check identity of all individuals entering the campus via the southwest gate.
- Enforce parking regulations.
- High school diploma or G.E.D.
- Must be at least twenty-one years of age
- Certified by the Alabama Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) as a peace officer
- Annually, must successfully qualify on the APOSTC firearms course
- Must possess a current Alabama driver’s license with the ability to drive an automobile, a pick-up truck and utility vehicles (i.e. MULE, E-ZGO, etc.)
- May be required to pass approved fitness test; must be physically able to walk, stoop, run, climb several flights of stairs and climb a six foot wall or fence
- Ability to successfully complete defensive tactics training to include handcuffing techniques, ASP Baton, Mace, arrest procedures and self-protection
- Must be capable of speaking articulately to individuals and groups in English; must be able to read and comprehend English; to read and comprehend correspondence, manuals, journals, letters, memoranda, policies, directives and signs in English
- Must have the ability to hear verbal communications and radio/electronic messages/signals
- Have no felony convictions or convictions for crimes of moral turpitude
- Have the ability to learn law enforcement and security terminology in order to communicate effectively
- Ability to work different shifts and considerable overtime situations on short notice
- Final candidate must successfully pass a drug screening test to be eligible for employment.