Public Safety Officer

Durham, NH
University of New Hampshire

Summary of Position
This position, under general supervision of designated supervisor, will perform campus-oriented law enforcement work concerned with protecting the lives and property of the general public but primarily the University community; and conduct crime prevention, community relations, and educational programs/activities on the Plymouth State University campus in support of the University’s mission and consistent with its philosophy as embodied in the slogan Ut Prosim (“That We May Serve”). As a member of the Plymouth State University Police Department, officers support the missions and vision of the University. Officers ensure safety on campus while providing security, protection, law enforcement, and related services to the University community. In addition, officers contribute to university life by participating in educational programs, crime prevention activities, committees, and other campus activities. Former Group II members are eligible to work at the Plymouth State Police Department without affecting their retirement.

Acceptable minimum level of education: HS or equivalent

Acceptable minimum years of experience: 2 years

Additional Job Information
The finalist for this position will be required to undergo a full background check. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon satisfactory results. Candidates must not have any felony convictions or serious misdemeanor convictions. Prior to the interview, applicants must successfully complete the physical agility test according to NH PSTC standards and written examinations. Candidates with current NH Police certifications may be exempted from some of the minimum qualifications.

Review of applications will begin on November 23, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is otherwise closed at the University’s discretion.

Contact information for three professional references that can speak to your work experience will be requested in the PSU application.

Posting Number: PS1942FY20

Other minimum qualifications

  • High school graduate.
  • 21 years of age at the time of appointment.
  • Willing to engage in campus related activities in addition to traditional law enforcement functions.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license, and be capable of operating a law enforcement vehicle during both day and night, in emergencies, in congested traffic and on unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow.
  • Must possess excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to respond quickly to emergencies.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to qualify years with firearms, Tasers, and other department issued equipment
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to gather information during investigations by interviewing, and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects, and confidential informants.
  • Ability to use sound, independent judgment when determining if there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest, and when force may be used and to what degree.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in Criminal Justice or related field from an accredited college/university.
  • Experience as a Police Officer with a Campus Law Enforcement Agency.
  • Two years of progressive experience with a public safety agency or equivalent.
  • Experience as a full-time or part-time certified police officer with a City/Town/County or State law enforcement agency
  • Knowledge of law enforcement, Safety Services and Communication Services practices, technology and methodology.
  • Demonstrated skill in the use and care of law enforcement and job-related equipment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Police Department rules and regulations; practices and standards, NH motor vehicle, criminal, arrest, juvenile and case law, court decisions, the Clery act, FERPA, HIPPA, accepted police procedure, campus and host town geography, strong knowledge of community members.
  • Demonstrated ability to react responsively in emergencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact positively and effectively with college students.
  • Current EMT certification.
  • Advanced knowledge of first aid techniques.


  • Officers patrol on campus grounds and its perimeter on foot, bicycle, and/or in patrol cars as needed to create a safe environment.
  • Officers participate in emergency response, law enforcement, traffic enforcement, building security, VIP protection, student orientation, committees, and special events.
  • Officers investigate, gather evidence, and prepare reports on accidents, property damage, fires, violations, thefts, disturbances of the peace.
  • Officers make arrests and/or use the Judicial Conduct process when resolving issues.
  • Officers, as needed, coordinate criminal prosecutions with federal, state, and/or local police agencies and with prosecutors’ office(s) for criminal incidents occurring within the university community.
  • Officers design, coordinate, and implement crime prevention programs and campus outreach as required.
  • Officers provide escort services for university stakeholders.
  • Officers provide vehicle unlocks and motorist assists for university stakeholders
  • Officers perform other related duties, responsibilities and projects as assigned.

EEO Statement

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status, genetic information, and political orientation. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.