Police Sergeant-Lateral

Corvallis, OR
Oregon State University

The Department of Public Safety is seeking Police Sergeants eligible for lateral transfer.

Building on 150 years as Oregon’s land grant institution, Oregon State University serves the state, the nation and the world as a premier 21st-century research university.

OSU is building an organizational culture founded on the values of inclusion, mutual respect, good physical and mental health, collaboration, and humility, so that people from every background are welcomed and thrive, our community is diverse, and our leadership advances both excellence and innovation.

The Department of Public Safety is now recruiting lateral, sworn law enforcement professionals to lead, supervise and expand a foundation of complex, compassionate and diversified safety services for the university community. Anticipated starting salary range is $91,000-$100,500; commensurate with training.

Responsibilities include the following:
50% Supervision

  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities of sworn and non-sworn personnel in accordance with the University’s policies and applicable labor laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Provides on-scene presence, review, and approval of written reports and documents, receiving input from members of the campus community, etc.
  • Prepares performance evaluations.
  • Conducts 1:1 meetings with employees as well as shift meetings/briefings to provide coaching, mentoring, training, expectations, and direction.
  • In Patrol assignments, functions as the Watch Commander, responsible for oversight of departmental field activities during an assigned shift.
  • Assumes the role of a primary supervisor at special events, mutual aid, special operations, and various assignments, as needed.
  • Assigns work schedules and work objectives to officers
    Other duties as assigned

30% Police Operations and Training
Trains, coordinates, oversees and performs with proficiency in the following categories:

  • Constitutional law
  • Arrest and detention activities
  • Search and Seizure: Within investigation, arrest and warrant execution.
  • Civil disorders: Control unruly crowds, hostile person(s)
  • Civil process: enforce orders and service process
  • Verbal skills: Deescalate agitated persons(s)
  • Court and OSU administrative actions to include preparing complaints and warrants
  • Crime Prevention: Assess and correct personal/facility risks and organize crime prevention programs.
  • Investigations to include collecting intelligence and evidence, interviewing and searches.
  • Traffic Enforcement: Motor vehicle, parking DUII and traffic control and direction.
  • Report Writing: Complete/review police reports, forms, statements and memos.
  • Juvenile Activities: Complete juvenile reports/petitions; Interact with juveniles, parents, schools and judges.
  • Secures scene, investigate accidents, complete reports
  • Exercises discretion under state and federal law in the use of force, use deadly or not deadly force, use physical force, deescalate volatile situations
  • University rule and policy enforcement and proper referral

Utilizes resources to develop administrative reports and operational plans.

Requisitions and inventories supplies and equipment; supervises care and control of department equipment and supplies, request equipment repairs, and issue equipment.

20% Administration

  • Makes frequent contact with the general public and other law enforcement officers requiring diplomacy to obtain information vital in the development and preparation of cases, accident investigations, and review.
  • Plans, schedules, and assigns police and security/public safety officers to represent the department at meetings, on committees, and task forces.
  • Recommends policy and procedural changes.
  • Provides other safety and security related services required to ensure the safety of the university and the campus community.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must be 21 years or older at time of employment
  • Associate Degree from an accredited university school or college; or Oregon Department of Public Safety, Standards and Training Law Enforcement Intermediate Certification or equivalent.
  • Possession of an Oregon State Drivers License within 30 days of appointment
  • Five-years of experience as a certified police officer and a minimum of three-years of experience as a first level or higher police supervisory position AND
  • Certified or eligible for certification by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training
  • Satisfies or able to satisfy all of the following criteria:
  • Must successfully pass a comprehensive background assessment that includes: criminal history check; driving record review; medical examination; psychological evaluation including drug screening; and an inclusive appraisal of work history.
  • Adult CPR with First Aid and Automatic External Defibrillation (AED) certification required within 60-days of employment.
  • Law Enforcement Data Systems (LEDS) certification required within 90-days of employment.

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Must successfully pass a comprehensive background assessment that includes: criminal history check; driving record review; medical examination; psychological evaluation including drug screening; and an inclusive appraisal of work history.

After the successful completion of 90 days of employment, and at the successful completion of one year of employment, new Law Enforcement Officers hired prior to March 31, 2021 will be eligible for lump-sum cash payments for the additional work required related to the establishment of a new police unit at OSU. Oregon State University (OSU) offers a competitive benefits package which includes a generous employer contribution of 95% of the premium costs of medical, dental, vision and employee basic life insurance. Employees also have the option of enrolling in additional employee life or dependent life insurance, short term and long term disability insurance plans, long term care insurance and Flexible Spending Accounts. OSU provides two retirement plan programs for Professional Faculty which include employer paid retirement contributions in addition to optional 403b and 457 deferred compensation retirement benefits. Professional Faculty positions will receive 15 hours of vacation leave and 8 hours of sick leave each month (prorated based on FTE). Employees receive nine paid holidays and one floating holiday each year. OSU also offers a wonderful tuition reduction benefit that can be passed on to taxable dependents and is recognized at any of the seven state Oregon universities.

Additional information regarding benefits offered by OSU can be found at: https://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/new-employees. When looking at benefits, please note this position is designated as Unclassified Professional Faculty.