Police Officer I, Level I

Knoxville, TN
University of Tennessee Knoxville

Performs law enforcement, crime prevention duties and other general police/security services, enforces state and local laws as well as policies and procedures of the University of Tennessee, and conducts proactive patrol by means of foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or vehicle.

Assignments are made based on the needs of the department and are subject to change.


Community Oriented Policing
• Serves the community through proactive patrol of assigned area to identify potential security related situations and utilizing problem solving abilities independently and through partnerships
• Develops rapport with members of the university community as well as surrounding areas, and establishes partnerships with community members to develop prevention strategies
• Provides safety, crime prevention, and community policing information to contacts over the course of patrol duties, and participates in community relations activities
Calls for Service
• First responder for all emergency calls to include but not be limited to the following: alarms (fire, panic, holdup), hazardous material spills and leaks, traffic crashes, criminal activity in progress, assistance for injured/sick, and crimes in progress
• Responder for non-emergency calls to include but not be limited to the following law enforcement or safety and security concerns: Situations that indicate potential for violence or potential volatility and/or require coordination between UTPD and other UT departments for sensitive student, staff, or faculty issues; lock/unlock buildings; assist motorist
• Provides initial investigation for all calls of criminal activity and accidents.
• Protects and maintains crime scene as necessary.
• Coordinates with detectives regarding cases that require the additional expertise or involvement of the Criminal Investigation Division.
• Interviews victims, witnesses, and suspects and informs them of options available and additional processes to follow.
• Performs field stops and interviews.
• Makes arrests, issues citations, and gives warnings
• Prepares and submits applicable offense reports, follow-up reports, and other documentation as needed


Minimum Education/Experience
• High School Education Diploma

Preferred Education/Experience
• Associates Degree or Bachelor Degree
• Current Peace Officer Certification
• Security, Military, or Law Enforcement

• Good customer service skills
• Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills
• Demonstrate self-restraint in challenging and/or difficult situations
• Ability to work in a multi-cultural setting
• Demonstrate problem solving skills

• Must be a certified police officer meeting all of the requirements for P.O.S.T. certification in Tennessee or be eligible for certification upon hire and completion of P.O.S.T approved police academy
• Must have a valid driver’s license in the State of Tennessee or be eligible to obtain one within 30 days of appointment
• Must be at least 21 years of age
• Must attend and successfully complete, annually, a department authorized and POST approved in-service training course consisting of at least forty (40) hours of instruction.
• Must successfully complete the department field training program within designated time frame.