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Public Safety Officer -Department of Public Safety

Apply now Job no: 493529
Work type: DPS - Public Safety
Location: Allendale
Categories: Public Safety/Police/Security

Summary: This is a uniformed and armed police position charged with enforcing state/local laws and the rules of the university. Patrols the campus in a marked unit. Responds to emergency calls for service. Arrest and issue citations as necessary. Provide backup assistance when dispatched. 

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Associates Degree and/or equivalent experience.
  • Applicants must be currently MCOLES certified or licensable as a police officer as defined by MCOLES at time of hire. 
  • Valid State of Michigan driver’s license with an acceptable traffic record.
  • No criminal record, which will question credibility or public trust, expected of an officer.
  • Possess good moral character as determined by a favorable comprehensive background investigation.
  • Physical, mental and emotional ability to execute duties.
  • Available to work any shift.
  • Knowledge of current laws, standards and police procedures. Ability to learn and operate all communication equipment.
  • Ability to maintain a satisfactory work performance and attendance record.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

This is a uniformed and armed police position charged with enforcing state/local laws and the rules of the university. Patrols the campus in a marked unit. Responds to emergency calls for service. Arrest and issue citations as necessary. Provide backup assistance when dispatched. Provide first aid, scene control and/or coordination between backup units, ambulance and hospitals. Respond to and investigate complaints as received or as department requires. Testify at court and subsequent hearings. Serve subpoenas and warrants as requested. Revise and update all complaint reports and perform further actions as appropriate. Keep supervisor informed of progress. Provide surveillance of campus environment and report any unusual and/or unsafe conditions. Responsible for the safety and protection of the campus community, its personnel and property. Provide parking and crowd control at campus events. Act as a liaison between campus community and area law enforcement agencies. Responsible for care and maintenance of all equipment issued by the department. Willingness to exhibit proper attitude and demeanor to establish and maintain good public relations. Attend and complete by demonstrating proficiency all required in-service training programs which includes Medical First Responder training and certification. Performs other similar and related duties as directed by supervisor.

Applicants that make it past the initial screening will be required to complete and submit a personal history statement form provided by the Department of Public Safety.

For information on the steps involved in the hiring process, please visit our website at

Salary:  Starting salary $24.26 with yearly increases per officer contract

Department/Division:  Public Safety

Campus: Allendale/Grand Rapids

How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter and resume.  The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically.  On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to Theresa Rowland, Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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