Special Police Officer

Columbia, MD
Howard Community College

Salary: $48,555.

Open until filled

Essential Functions:

  • Investigates HCC policy violations and takes appropriate action.
  • Exercises arrest authority within legal boundaries.
  • Conducts appropriate follow-up with individuals involved in campus incidents.
  • Prepares incident reports in accordance with departmental standards.
  • Works closely with the local prosecuting attorney and provides courtroom testimony when called upon to do so.
  • Identifies safety and security deficiencies and initiates corrective action.
  • Interacts effectively with the college community by competently providing direction, mediating disputes, and rendering aid within established parameters.
  • Responds to medical emergencies, rendering first aid and administering an Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) as circumstances dictate.
  • Implements procedures in accordance with the Emergency Operations Plan (EOD).
  • Completes all initial and refresher training requirements in a timely manner.
  • Maintains an active SPO commission along with relevant certifications and qualifications.
  • Acts as lead officer in the absence of a supervisor.
  • Monitors activities and events on campus property.
  • Conducts traffic and pedestrian control, including appropriate enforcement measures, to ensure a safe campus environment.
  • Fosters a working relationship with local law enforcement to coordinate investigative efforts and mutual aid response to significant incidents and emergency situations on campus.
  • Engages in routine roving and foot patrols to monitor campus grounds and conduct frequent building checks.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Director or his/her designee.


  • Pass a physical exam, drug screening, and background investigation.
  • High School or equivalent.
  • Must be able to work in the U.S. on an unrestricted base.
  • Must possess or be able to possess a Maryland Special Police Officer commission and handgun permit.
  • Annual maintain a minimum of a 70% score at the range.
  • Successful completion of a certified training academy for law enforcement.
  • Minimum seven years of experience in law enforcement; 10 years of experience, preferred.
  • Honorably separated from previous employers.
  • Available to work assigned shifts, including evenings and weekends.
  • Knowledge of surveillance procedures utilizing electronic equipment preferred.
  • Ability to use routine equipment such as a desktop computer, two-way radio and experience with Microsoft office applications.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local criminal laws.
  • Knowledge of higher education regulations as they relate to student information and security preferred.
  • Appreciation for the sensitive issues involving today’s college-age population.
  • Ability to interact in a positive, sensitive, courteous and understanding way with members of a diverse academic community and the general public.
  • Team player who values diversity.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Able to perform all duties while considering the impact of any action on the college’s sustainability initiatives in the areas of environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic prosperity.