Police Officer

Columbia, MO
University of Missouri

Salary: $18.38-$30.68 per hour.

Position Summary:

The Patrol Officer is a uniformed position and is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of the community as well as university property by patrolling their assigned area by motor vehicle, bicycle, utility cart, or on foot to prevent, discover, and deter the commission of crime, enforce university rules and regulations, enforce state statutes and city ordinances, provide personal and property security, and traffic law enforcement.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide necessary assistance and take appropriate action based on analysis of situation and facts. Observe and make note of suspicious persons, possible violators, hazardous conditions or unusual situations.
  • Check buildings and property following security procedures; noting and reporting evidence of damage and possible break-ins.
  • Observe public or student gatherings and analyze developments to determine need for action.
  • Respond to emergency alarms and dispatched calls regarding a variety of services including: illness, accidents, disturbances, crime and other acts against persons or property, animal control, and motorist assistance.
  • Assist in parking enforcement activities including issuing citations and ordering vehicle removals.
  • Perform traffic control duties, directing automobile and pedestrian traffic to maintain safe and efficient flow.
  • Issue warnings or citations to drivers when violations of motor vehicle laws are observed.
  • Administer field sobriety tests and conduct impaired driving investigations.
  • Conduct preliminary and follow up investigations of incidents as necessary; collect and preserve physical evidence, protect crime scene, interview suspects and witnesses, and files appropriate reports as directed by federal, state or local legal requirements.
  • Prepare court cases and provide legal testimony in response to subpoena.
  • Make arrests and maintain custody of individuals.
  • Process arrested individuals by taking photographs, obtaining fingerprints, writing arrest reports, and transport violators to jail when necessary.
  • Provide escort service for designated individuals and money messengers.
  • Render first aid as needed, following prescribed procedures and victim/personal safety precautions.
  • Provide general assistance and information to community members and visitors.
  • Assist federal, state, county and city law enforcement authorities as requested or dispatched.
  • Prepare and file daily reports of criminal incidents, accidents, and tickets issued in prescribed format to include all necessary forms and paperwork.
  • Work special events and other overtime assignments.
  • May serve in role of Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Field Training Officer, Officer in Charge, and other Specialized Positions.
  • Maintain proficiency with all equipment and technology.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


  • Maintain the minimum physical abilities as related to job function and performance.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and listen for extended time periods.
  • Must be able to feel attributes of objects, grasp, push, drive, stand, walk, reach with hands/arms, stoop/crouch, climb/balance, and operate mechanical equipment.
  • Must have visually evaluate situations and must have sufficient hand-eye coordination to operate issued equipment.
  • Must be able to input data into a computer and operate all related electronic/computing equipment.
  • Must be able to engage in foot pursuits/effect forcible arrests.
  • Must demonstrate ability to meet all physical standards by passing medical exam.
  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Twenty-one years of age by date of appointment.
  • Missouri Post certification.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Citizen of the United States.
  • Resident of the State of Missouri by date of appointment.
  • Twenty-one years of age by date of appointment.
  • Not have been convicted of a Felony or Class A Misdemeanor.
  • Has not consumed any alcoholic beverages within the past six months because of an addiction to alcohol.
  • Has not within two years of appointment used, manufactured, sold, or cultivated any controlled substance (as defined by Missouri State Statues) with the exception of the use of marijuana as described in the following, nor is addicted to any controlled substance.
  • Has not used, within two years prior to appointment, marijuana, nor has manufactured or sold marijuana ever. Marijuana cases may be judged on a case by case basis with experimental use and recreational use in legalized areas.
  • Has no criminal history as outlined in Section 590.080.1 and Section 590.100.1, RSMo.
  • Prior to beginning job duties all officers must graduate a Basic Law Enforcement Training Center, pass the Missouri Peace Officer License Exam, and be certified as a police officer within the State of Missouri.
  • Certified as a police officer in the state of Missouri, Bachelor’s Degree, and be able to type.