Public Safety Officer

Public Safety Officer

locationEvansville, IN, USA
PublishedPublished: 12/18/2023
Full Time

Title: Public Safety Officer

Division: Finance and Administration

Department: Public Safety Office

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Salary Range: Grade 7: $15.47/hour

EEO Job Group: 9 E4

Position Summary

The University of Southern Indiana is accepting applications for Public Safety Officer.

This position will provide primary coverage for the public safety – security function for University buildings, property, and grounds and to assist students, employees, and visitors as needed.


  • Provide a 24/7 presence on the campus, student housing and other university property.
  • Enforce university rules and regulations, local, state and federal laws as prescribed by the Board of Trustees.
  • Patrol on foot, bicycle, or in vehicle university buildings, housing, and grounds to protect property, assets and persons from theft, fire, vandalism, disturbances and safety hazards. 
  • Make routine and non-routine security checks of buildings and grounds. 
  • Monitor radio and other communication devices and respond to calls for service including but not limited to distress, domestic disputes, and complaints of alleged unruly activity.
  • Respond to and investigate fire, search and rescue, security, emergency and building alarms; clears traffic and provides support to emergency personnel; provides emergency medical response until relieved by equal or higher qualified emergency responders. 
  • Respond to and reports traffic accidents.
  • Prepare and write reports for investigations of violations of university policy, all crimes, injury/illness complaints, traffic accidents, fire alarms, property damage, thefts, disorderly conduct, animal complaints including their capture, and other incidents occurring on or related to the University.
  • Provide courteous customer service to students, faculty, staff and visitors.

    Prevent individuals from injuring others by using physical restraint if necessary.

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • High School diploma or GED required.
  • Knowledge of security enforcement methods and techniques required.
  • Ability to enforce university policy, rules, regulations, and enforce laws firmly, tactfully and consistently.
  • Ability to ascertain facts through personal contact, observation and the examination of records.
  • Must have keen observational skills and the ability to remember names, faces and places.
  • Ability to analyze routine and complex situations and to adapt quickly, effectively and reasonably courses of action.
  • Ability to use communication as means of crisis de-escalation, tactical communication and crisis intervention tactics.
  • Ability to physical defend one-self and others.
  • Ability to maintain composure, react quickly, perform effectively in stressful situations; refrains from overreacting when subjected to physical or verbal abuse; exercise restraint and use the minimum amount of energy necessary to handle a given situation. Ability to assert self when necessary to exert control over others.
  • Must possess excellent listening and oral communication skills, effective even with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals and in difficult situations. Also, must possess clear written communication skills suitable to emailing and to creating reports for internal and external individuals. Communications, both oral and written, must be fact-based and clear to others. Interview persons with goal of eliciting useful and accurate information.
  • Have knowledge of substance (drug and alcohol) awareness.
  • Understand, interpret and keep informed of all applicable rules and regulations of the University, especially the Student Code of Conduct. Explain said policies and regulations to faculty, staff and visitors as needed.
  • Must be familiar with the operation of a computer and have basic keyboarding skills.
  • Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other public services agencies, University students, faculty, staff and visitors.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality required.
  • Status is deemed “essential employee.”
  • Required to report to duty assignment 24/7.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Candidate must either have upon hire or successfully obtain within one year of employment and based on classroom availability, and thereafter maintain the following certifications:

    • Healthcare Provider CPR, AED, Standard First Aid.
    • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) or Emergency Medical Responder (EMR).
    (In order to obtain certifications, one must pass the third-party provider’s criminal background check and physical examination which includes a drug screening, must have current immunization records including TB test and hepatitis B vaccine.)
    • National Incident Management System (NIMS).
    • FEMA Courses.
    • Hazardous Materials for First Responders.
    • Technical Rescue Awareness for First Responders.
    • Hazmat Awareness.
    • Critical Incident Training (CIT).
    • Other internal training and certifications, recertifications or specializations as assigned or required.

Preferred Knowledge and Skills

  • Two years of college coursework preferred.
  • One year of security related, law enforcement, first responder or military related experience preferred.

About the Department

The Office of Public Safety is open 24 hours day, 7 days a week. The shift of a Public Safety Officer is determined by seniority each November with long term employees having first pick. Applicants may be assigned to 1st shift (7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) upon hire, but it is possible to be moved to 2nd shift (3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.) or 3rd shift (11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.) based on seniority. New hires will rotate through all 3 shifts for training purposes.

Application Process

Click “Apply Now!” near the top right of this page to complete an application and upload optional application materials to the attention of the Search Committee Chair.

  • Letter of Application
  • Resume

Search Committee Chair:

If you have questions about the open position, please contact Steve Bequette, department director and search committee chair, at slbequette@usi.edu.

Pre-Employment Screening

A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Authorization to Work in the United States

USI will not sponsor an employment-related visa for this position.

Interview Accommodations

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please contact the manager of Employment at mcweinzapf@usi.edu or (812) 464-1840. Contacting the manager of Employment is intended for use in seeking disability-related accommodations only. For general applicant inquiries, contact Human Resources at HumanRes@usi.edu or (812) 464-1815.

EEO Statement

The University of Southern Indiana is an EEO/AA employer. All individuals including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.