Police Officer

Nelsonville, OH
Hocking College

Salary: $17.00 per hour.

Position Summary:

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Police / Director of Campus Safety: A Police Officer will perform a variety of duties in the enforcement of laws and the prevention of crimes; to control traffic flow and enforce state and local traffic regulations; to perform investigative activities; and to perform a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of the Police Department.

Essential Functions:

  • Effect an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs, and other restraints; subdues resisting suspects using maneuvers and weapons and resort to the use of hands and feet and other approved weapons in self-defense.
  • Prepare investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations.
  • Exercise independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest and when force may be used and to what degree.
  • Operate a law enforcement vehicle during both day and night; in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow.
  • Communicate effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
  • Gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects and confidential informers.
  • Pursue fleeing suspects and perform rescue operations which may evolve quickly; entering and exiting law enforcement patrol vehicles; lifting, carrying and dragging heavy objects; climbing over and pulling oneself over obstacles; jumping down from elevated surfaces; climbing through openings; jumping over obstacles, ditches and streams; crawling in confined areas; balancing on uneven or narrow surfaces and using body force to gain entrance through barriers.
  • Load, unload, aim and fire from a variety of body positions handguns, shotguns and other agency firearms under conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force and at the levels of proficiency prescribed in certification methods.
  • Perform searches of people, vehicles, buildings and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time, detaining people and stopping suspicious vehicles.
  • Conduct visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.
  • Engage in law enforcement patrol functions and include such things as working rotating shifts, walking on foot patrol and physically checking the doors and windows of campus buildings to ensure they are secure.
  • Effectively communicate with people, including juveniles, by giving information and directions, mediating disputes and advising of rights and processes.
  • Demonstrate communication skills in court and other formal settings.
  • Detect and collect evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions that indicate the presence of dangerous conditions.
  • Endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with hostile views and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment.
  • Perform rescue functions at accidents, emergencies and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time, administering emergency medical aid, lifting dragging and carrying people away from dangerous situations and securing and evacuating people from particular areas.
  • Process and transport prisoners using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints.
  • Put on and operate a gas mask in situations where chemical munitions are being deployed or to evacuate areas that are immediately dangerous to life and health.
  • Extinguish small fires by using a fire extinguisher and other appropriate means.
  • Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents such as citations, affidavits and warrants.
  • Process arrested suspects to include taking photographs and obtaining legible set of inked fingerprint impressions.
  • Operate under the recognized principle of the Incident Command System.
  • Performs other job related duties as assigned.


  • Associate’s degree preferred. In the absence of a degree, applicants are expected to demonstrate progress toward an Associate’s degree upon employment with Hocking College.
  • Past behavior and the choices made must demonstrate positive traits that will support the applicant’s candidacy for Police Officer and reflect favorably on the applicant’s character.
  • Applicant must have a history of lawful conduct.
  • Applicant must possess high standards of honesty and integrity as demonstrated by dealings with individuals and organizations. Falsifying, misrepresenting, or omitting information on any document or during the selection process will be closely scrutinized.
  • Applicant must respect the rights of all people and have an appreciation for diversity that makes Hocking College unique. A history of domestic violence, physical altercations, or discourteous, abusive or violent treatment of others may indicate a lack of self-discipline, unwillingness or inability to cooperate, or disregard for the rights of others.
  • Applicant’s employment and military (if applicable) history must demonstrate motivation and success orientation needed to succeed as a Police Officer.
  • Applicant’s financial and driving records must demonstrate responsible decisions and appropriate behavior. Applicant is to call and discuss driving history prior to applying if there have been recent charges or convictions to determine if applicant will be suitable for employment.