Campus Police Officer

Campus Police Officer

ABOUT SMC

Spartanburg Methodist College, founded in 1911, is a private residential liberal arts institution serving a diverse student population (38% first generation, 52% minority, 59% Pell) within the United Methodist Connection. Since its founding as the first co-op school in the nation, SMC has remained dedicated to its mission to connect education and employment. After over 100 years as an Associate Degree granting institution, the college launched its first bachelor’s degree in 2019. Today, the college’s emphasis on education and employment includes a unique professional development concentration comprised of eight required courses for students seeking associate and bachelor’s degrees.

Campus Police Officer Job Description

All employees of Spartanburg Methodist College are entrusted with assisting the College to achieve its vision and mission. Customer focus, college service, and a willingness to assist as needed are expectations of all employees.

Organizational Responsibilities: 

Campus Police Officers report to the Chief of Campus Safety.

Hours:

12:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday

Job Summary:    

Campus Police Officers are responsible for implementing a community policing model that advances the core principles of Spartanburg Methodist College. Officers are required to work closely with individuals and groups within the College community to maintain an atmosphere that enhances the quality of campus life and reduces risks and vulnerabilities on the campus. Campus Police Officers must demonstrate excellent communication and decision-making skills as they patrol campus buildings, grounds and parking lots; respond to calls for service; enforce College policies and state laws; and render services unrelated to enforcement.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Protect life and property, and maintain a practical, working knowledge of Federal, South Carolina and Spartanburg Methodist College laws, and rules and regulations.
  • Determine when reasonable suspicion exists to detain a suspect, when probable cause exists to search and arrest and to what degree force and what restraint may be used.
  • Ensure that victims and witnesses are informed of their rights and responsibilities as mandated by law, and that they are treated with dignity and respect.
  • Perform law enforcement patrol duties that include such things as working rotating shifts, foot patrol, and physically checking doors and stopping suspicious persons and vehicles.
  • Communicate information effectively to faculty, staff, students and other persons in the SMC campus community and gather information, sort, compile and interpret information received.
  • Cooperate with other campus officials to implement college policies.
  • Initiate and complete verbal, written and computerized reports which include sketches, symbols, mathematical computations and narratives.
  • Handle a law enforcement vehicle skillfully in both emergency and non-emergency circumstances, in driving conditions which include day and night and inclement weather.
  • Maintain weapons and equipment in a state of operational readiness.
  • Report maintenance concerns or safety hazards using School Dude system or IT on-line reporting system.
  • Respond as quickly as possible to any fire alarms, ensure that fire department has been notified if appropriate, and assist in evacuating any building(s) affected or threatened.
  • Respond to any crisis or emergency that occurs, and notify appropriate personnel/offices.
  • Monitor closed circuit surveillance cameras; and have the ability to retrieve and record DVD’s and other recording devises as needed.
  • Supervise any work-study students who are present during the assigned shift.
  • Coordinate with other law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of laws and ordinances on SMC property.
  • Performs other duties that may be assigned.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the criminal laws of the State of South Carolina and the rules and regulations of Spartanburg Methodist College.
  • Ability to solve problems and relate to faculty, staff and students and other community members in a positive and professional manner.
  • Recognize the cultural diversity of the campus community and ensure sensitive and equitable treatment of all citizens.
  • Knowledge of and skill in utilizing computers, two-way radios, body-worn cameras, and general office machines such as printers, copiers and fax machines.
  • Ability and proficiency in the operation and use of personal computers utilizing MS Word, the Internet Browser, Email and PD Manager.
  • Maintain Daily Shift Report (written and/or computerized) of activities occurring during the shift (e.g. accidents, significant incidents) to maintain a record.
  • Ability to work any shift.

Working Conditions:

Campus Police Officers may be exposed to a variety of environmental and weather conditions as they patrol campus. They may patrol on foot or in a golf cart or automobile. The position requires frequent contact with students, faculty, and staff, and cooperation with other campus officials.

Special Conditions:

  • Armed and uniformed.
  • Pass State Law Enforcement (SLED) and SMC pre-employment and personal background check.
  • Pass drug testing and remain drug free.
  • Maintain yearly training and other requirements to renew Class 1 certification and maintain SLED commission as a campus police officer.
  • Possess a valid South Carolina Driver’s license.

Required Physical Abilities:

  • Ability to access all areas of the campus, to move around campus to patrol and respond effectively to emergency situations.
  • Manual and physical dexterity and visual acuity needed to operate a computer keyboard and handle paper documents.
  • Sufficient near vision acuity to read information appearing on a computer display screen, in hand-written form, and printed on paper.
  • Adequate hearing and verbal abilities to communicate effectively in person, by telephone, and on the two-way radio system.
  • Mobility to stoop, kneel, bend and reach and lift up to 25 pounds.

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma required; Associate’s degree or completion of two years of college preferred.
  • Must be a graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and qualify as a Class I Law Enforcement Officer.

HOW TO APPLY: 

Download SMC's job application, fill out and submit to:

Director of Human Resources
Spartanburg Methodist College
1000 Powell Mill Road, Spartanburg, SC 29301.

Application materials may also be submitted electronically to dunnj@smcsc.edu.

  • Application open until filled.

AA/EOE

FLSA: Non-exempt

Spartanburg Methodist College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any legally protected status in any personnel action regarding the recruiting, hiring, and promotion of faculty and staff members.

This job description provides a representative summary of the nature and responsibilities of the position. It is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of all duties and responsibilities which may be modified at any time. The job description is not intended to imply or to create a contract of employment.

July 2020