Police Officer

Gallatin, TN
College System of Tennessee

Salary: $33,191 – $39,827 annual salary depending on experience.

Position Summary:

Enforce the state, local and federal laws; enforce college policies and procedures; and provide a variety of security and enforcement services that promotes and maintains a safe campus.

Essential Functions:

  • Promote lawful behavior and protect the welfare of students, faculty, staff and visitors as a uniformed presence on campus.
  • Perform foot and vehicle patrols to monitor behavior, secure buildings and property, maintain order during events and enforce policies, laws and ordinances.
  • Seeks solution to possible problem before event occurs.
  • Responds to radio dispatches and answers calls and complaints.
  • Respond to emergency calls and alarms and assists in determining the cause or origin of an emergency.
  • Assist and/or direct securing an area and containing any emergency situation.
  • Investigate criminal offenses, traffic accidents, injury reports, and various other reported situations and effectively document preliminary investigation reports.
  • Make arrests and assist in the prosecution of violators of the law.
  • Enforce traffic and parking regulations.
  • Respond to routine calls for assistance including safety escorts, transport of money on and off the campus, and motorist assistance.
  • Assist students, faculty, and other campus visitors with questions, directions, issuing temporary parking permits, opening and closing buildings and classrooms, and various other activities.
  • Performs CPR, First Aid, and use AED equipment as needed.
  • Reports unsafe conditions.
  • Develop partnerships with the campus community and serve as a proactive resource to a uniquely diverse population.
  • Operate law enforcement equipment (including lethal and non-lethal weapons necessary in the performance of required duties).
  • Use of records management system, monthly reporting, college work order system, and other law enforcement related computer systems.
  • May oversee temporary employees under certain circumstances.
  • May represent the department at college meetings or functions.
  • May perform dispatch functions.
  • May be required to work overtime and/or be on call and to be able to respond to emergencies within a reasonable time.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Graduate of an accredited, approved police academy and be a certified police officer meeting all the requirements for P.O.S.T certification in Tennessee.
  • Meet the requirements of TCA 38-8-106 and TCA 38-8-107 Qualifications of Police Officers.
  • Out of state applicants are required to meet Tennessee P.O.S.T certification requirements within six (6) months of hire.
  • Prior law enforcement experience as full-time certified officer must be within the past three (3) years.
  • Must attend and successfully complete, annually, a department authorized and P.O.S.T approved in-service training course consisting of forty (40) hours of instruction.
  • Must have not been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor or controlled substances.
  • Possess a valid Tennessee driver’s license.
  • Out of state applicants must obtain a Tennessee driver’s license within thirty (30) days of hire.
  • Have good moral character as determined by a thorough investigation conducted by the employing agency; and/or the POST Commission.
  • Pass a medical examination including vision screening and drug testing.
  • Pass a psychological evaluation.
  • Must successfully complete the department field training program within designated time frame.
  • Proficiency in firearms and non-lethal weapon operation.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Associates degree in Criminal Justice or related field.
  • Three years of law enforcement experience.