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Administrative & Staff Job Classifications

Class Specification Title: Police Officer

Series: Public Safety – Police Officer

Levels in series: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4| 5 | 6










The Police Officer is the second level of a six-level public safety - police officer series. Incumbents perform commission full performance level 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 Police Officer is distinguished from the Police Officer in Training by certification as an Arizona Peace Officer and responsibility working independently on an assigned shift. The Police Officer is distinguished from the Corporal which has squad leader responsibility over Community Service and Police Officers.


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

  1. 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 25%
  2. Respond to public safety emergencies, complaints, concerns or questions and administer proper procedures to ensure public safety.  Daily 15%
  3. Conduct crime investigations.  Daily 10%
  4. Enforce parking regulations, control and direct traffic.  Daily 10%
  5. Inspect and maintain the security of college buildings and facilities.  Daily 10%
  6. Provide public assistance needs such as: jump starting and unlocking vehicles; escorting individuals; and, promulgating special announcements.  Daily 10%
  7. Prepare applicable crime and incident reports for an assigned shift.  Daily 10%
  8. Respond to and conduct traffic accident investigations.  Daily 5%
  9. Participate in community service activities.  Monthly 5%
  10. Perform other duties of a similar nature or level.  As required.


  • Not applicable.

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require):
High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma and graduation from the academy; 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):

  • Law enforcement principles and procedures
  • Applicable laws, rules and regulations
  • 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
  • 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, fingering, 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:
Draft prepared by Fox Lawson & Associates LLC (DJG/LM) Date: 03/01
Revised by Human Resources: 01/05, 03/2010, 1/2013