Police Officer I

Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah

Salary: $55/hour.

Position Summary:

Safety is a top priority for the University of Utah. The Chief Safety Officer is the Director of Public Safety responsible for overseeing the University of Public Safety, which includes the following operational divisions: University Police, Campus Security, U Health Security, Emergency Management, Community Services, Emergency Communications, and the central administrative Office of the CSO.

Essential Functions:

  1. Responds to emergency and non-emergency calls, i.e., thefts, accidents, assaults. Gives assistance, assesses, and remedies the situation as appropriate; files a written report.
  2. Conducts or assists in criminal, narcotics, traffic, and gang related investigations by applying specialized skills, gathering evidence, and protecting the crime scene.
  3. Assists the criminal intelligence operation by gathering information from other law enforcement agencies, confidential informants, or the general public to provide substantiated facts.
  4. Takes initial reports/complaints, prepares written reports, and maintains detailed and accurate records for files, follow-up investigations, and court purposes.
  5. Performs surveillance in high risk or known crime areas in order to apprehend suspects involved in criminal activity.
  6. Obtains and serves search/arrest warrants as well as apprehends suspects; performs warrantless searches and seizures as necessary.
  7. Interviews and interrogates witnesses/suspects to acquire relevant information.
  8. Prepares cases for the Office of the Attorney General; testifies and gives evidence in court.
  9. Participates in the motorist assist program to promote a positive public image, i.e., helping people who are locked out of their cars, have dead car batteries, flat tires, etc.
  10. Maintains issued equipment and supplies.
  11. Assists in the classroom and field training of new officers; instructs classes; gives presentations to various public groups.
  12. Uses logic and reasoning to independently make critical decisions, and uses initiative and common sense in a variety of police functions.
  13. Officers must safely effect forcible arrest(s), pursue suspects on foot, safely control combatant(s), respond to emergencies, accept rotating shift and 24 hour on-call shifts, protecting and ensuring the safety of University students, staff, faculty and visitors while working extended hours in demanding and stressful environments. Therefore, Officers must annually pass a physical fitness assessment as a condition of employment.


  • Certification as a Utah Post LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) or willing to attend Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Course (POST).
  • United States citizen on the date of appointment.
  • A valid Utah Driver’s License to be obtained upon date of hire.
  • Considerable human relation and communication skills.
  • Qualified applicants must successfully complete the department approved physical fitness test, a thorough background investigation, and must be willing to submit to a drug screening test.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminology, Police Science, or a related area, or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience) is preferred.