Police Officer Commissioned (non-certified)

Bozeman, MT
Montana State University

Salary: $29.529991- $34.311101 per hour.

Open until filled

Position Summary:

A Police Officer Commissioned (non-certified) is a police officer candidate who does not currently hold a Montana, or an out-of-state equivalent, POST certificate. The successful candidate will attend the Montana Law Enforcement Academy Law Enforcement Officer Basic Course in Helena, MT, for three months.

Montana State University police officers provide a safe and secure environment for living and learning on the MSU Campus. MSUPD officers are responsible for protecting lives and property through proactive patrols and response to all crimes, emergencies and related calls for service within the University Police jurisdiction. MSUPD officers provide law enforcement skills to prevent and investigate violations of the law, University rules, and regulations, under the direction of a police sergeant.

Essential Functions:

    • Safely and legally operate a police vehicle and equipment; such as, radar, mobile data terminal, in-car camera, records management system, etc.
    • Detect and take enforcement action on observed violations of the law.
    • Conduct traffic accident investigations.
    • Conduct DUI investigations and maintain required certifications.
    • Conduct foot, bike, or alternate means of patrol that include: detecting, deterring and investigating criminal activities; identifying un-secure buildings, MSU policy violations, and parking violations.
    • Detect and deter crime and apprehend those who violate State, local, and Federal laws; and University policies.
    • Write a comprehensive report that clearly articulates relevant facts and supports the elements of the criminal offense.
    • Demonstrate proficiency with computer skills including, windows based computer software skills and a records management system.
    • Interview victims, suspects, and witnesses to obtain information necessary to determine facts and circumstances of incident.
    • Preserve crime scene, collect and photograph evidence, and properly secure evidence maintaining chain of custody.
    • Respond to fire and medical emergencies and provide assistance as required.
    • Participate in crime prevention programs to include Adopt-A-Cop.
    • Conduct crime and safety awareness presentations.
    • Provide and maintain the ability to provide credible testimony in a court of law.


  1. Meet peace officer education and certification standards as set forth by the Montana Code annotated 7-32-303.
  2. Ability to successfully complete the Montana Law Enforcement Academy Basic Police Officer course and obtain a Montana POST certification within one year.
  3. Process effective written and verbal communication skills.
  4. Proficiency operating computer programs; such as, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.
  5. Experience with articulating facts and conveying the information with a high degree of accuracy.
  6. Experience participating in group presentations to convey information.
  7. Experience following progressive steps in order to reach a logical conclusion.

Preferred Requirements:

  1. Experience working or interacting on a college campus.
  2. Experience researching and acquiring information to effectively create a compelling point-of-view.
  3. Knowledge and experience with the use of firearms.
  4. Experience participating in community service programs and/or events.
  5. Experience making good decisions under stressful and/or emergency situations.
  6. Experience working and interacting within a diverse culture.