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Administrative & Staff Job Classifications

Class Specification Title: Corporal

Series: Public Safety – Police Officer

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The Corporal is the third level of a six-level public safety – police officer series.  Incumbents perform full performance commission squad leader police officer duties in controlling and analyzing crime scenes, establishing and maintaining order, identifying and enforcing campus violations, and conducting proactive public relations with students, the public and employees.  The Corporal is distinguished from the Police Office by its responsibility for performing squad leader duties.  The Corporal is distinguished from the Police Sergeant, which has supervisory responsibility over a shift or section.

These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.

  1. Serve as the squad leader; oversees the work of Police Officers in the absence of or as assigned by the Sergeant.  Daily  10%
  2. Enforce college, local, state and federal laws and regulations to protect life and property and serve the college community.  Daily 10%
  3. Communicate with students, the general public, and employees while patrolling college properties in an effort to proactively preserve law and order and achieve positive public relations.  Daily 10
  4. Respond to public safety emergencies, complaints, concerns or questions and administer proper procedures to ensure public safety; makes quick decisions based on analysis of situations and facts.  Daily 10%
  5. Conduct crime investigations. Prepare crime and incident reports for an assigned shift.  Daily 10%
  6. Enforce parking regulations, control and direct traffic.  Daily 10%
  7. Inspect and maintain the security of college buildings and facilities.  Daily 10%
  8. Provide public assistance needs such as: jump starting and unlocking vehicles; escort individuals; and, special announcements.  Daily 10%
  9. Train new officers in the field according to established procedures.   Daily 10%
  10. Respond to and conduct traffic accident investigations.  Daily 5%
  11. Participate in community service activities.  Monthly 5%
  12. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Incumbents assigned to Community Services Officer (CSO) coordination:

  • Supervises CSO to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducts performance evaluations; resolves conflicts; ensures staff is trained; and makes hiring, termination and disciplinary recommendations.
  • Ensures campuses are staffed with CSO’s.
  • Communicates community police model to CSOs and ensures CSOs demonstrate understanding.
  • Monitors and analyzes service calls; determines and takes appropriate actions and resources.

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require):

High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and graduation from the academy and two years Police Officer experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Licensing/Certification Requirements for some positions in this class may require:

  • Current Arizona Driver’s license
  • Arizona Peace Officer Standards Training (P.O.S.T.) Certified
  • Minimum age of 21
  • Must be a U.S. citizen

Knowledge of (position requirements at entry):

  • Supervisory principles
  • Law enforcement principles and procedures
  • Applicable laws, rules and regulations
  • Customer service practices
  • Homeland security and  organizational safety practices
  • Defensive tactics
  • Firearm usage and justification
  • First aid principles

Skills in (position requirements at entry)

  • Interpreting and applying laws, rules and regulations
  • Analyzing complex and stressful situations
  • Balancing multiple priorities
  • Resolving conflict
  • Public speaking
  • Using firearms
  • Using defensive tactics
  • Conducting interviews and interrogations
  • Maintaining personal control
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, manual dexterity, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Very Heavy Work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Incumbents may be subjected to chemicals, vibrations, fumes, odors, inadequate lighting, work space restrictions, intense noises and travel.

NOTE: The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.

Classification History:
Prepared by Human Resources: 03/10, 01/13