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POSITION:  Police Officer -- Full-Time or Part-Time (Non-Exempt)


DEPARTMENT:  Campus Police

SUPERVISOR TITLE:  Chief of Police

FLSA STATUS:  Non-Exempt


LOCATION: HSU Campus, Abilene, TX

TARGET HIRE DATE:  As Soon As Possible

HSU CHRISTIAN STANDARD REQUIREMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT –Candidate must profess a Christian Faith, maintain membership in a local congregation, and respect the values and distinctives central to the historically Baptist values of HSU as reflected in the University’s Statement of Faith.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Human Resources 325-670-1259 or 


The primary job of a Police Officer is to provide a safe and secure environment for all members of the University community through alert and thorough preventative patrol.  In addition, they must be equally concerned with the courteous delivery of a wide variety of services consistent with the needs of students, faculty, staff and general public. To effectively accomplish these purposes, all officers must have a clear understanding of their powers, duties, responsibilities, and limitations, and conduct themselves at all times with courtesy and an attitude of service. The police officers are subject to the direction of the Police Sergeant, Police Lieutenant and, ultimately, the Chief of Police.  All officers will maintain a professional demeanor when interacting with any person on campus.  They will complete the necessary initial investigations and other reports as needed.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: These examples do not include all possible tasks & do not limit the assignment of related tasks.

Preserve the peace and resolve any conflict within the University area.

Create and maintain a sense of safety and security within the University community.

Assist all persons in danger of physical harm or victims of crime, accidents, or sudden illness.

Take effective measures to reduce opportunities for criminal activity within the University area.

Identify criminal offenders, making arrests as necessary, and participate in subsequent court of discipline proceedings.

Respond to initial complaints of crime and incidents restoring calm, taking necessary action, and initiating appropriate reports.

Report any security problems, unsafe conditions, and fire or safety hazards for correction to their supervisor.

Prepare all reports accurately, legibly, and completely.

Facilitate the movement of vehicular traffic on and around the University enforcing moving traffic and parking regulations.

Courteously assist all persons in the University area seeking directions, information, or assistance.

Acknowledge and respond without delay to calls for service.

Enforce University rules and regulations, local ordinances, and state law in a fair and equitable manner.

Perform other duties as directed by appropriate authority.

Enforces laws related to the protection of life and property, directs and controls traffic, prevents crime or disturbance of peace, and arrests violators by performing the following duties:

Patrols assigned area on foot, in patrol car, or to enforce laws, prevent and discover crimes, investigate crimes, maintain order, and answer calls and complaints.

Answers radio-dispatched or citizens' requests for police services at the scene of accidents, domestic disputes, law violations, and peace disturbances.

Familiarizes self with beat and with persons living in area.

Investigates illegal or suspicious activities, persons, and establishments, and quells disturbances.

Locates, searches, detains, and arrests law violators, following recognized police procedures.

Interviews and questions victims, witnesses, and suspects.

Gathers and preserves evidence.

Performs first aid and provides other assistance to accident and other victims.

Investigates causes and results of accidents.

Directs and controls traffic.

Issues written citations for traffic and other minor violations.

Operates police communication and computer equipment to obtain, disseminate, and report information.

Attends community meetings to discuss crime prevention activities and crime problems.

Writes detailed incident, investigation, activity, and other reports.

Testifies in court to present evidence by describing conditions, situations, and actions.


This job has no supervisory responsibilities, except for student workers.

COMPETENCIES:   This is your opportunity to demonstrate how your education and/or experience in your current or previous job relates to each function of this position.

Interview decisions are partially based on this information.

On a separate sheet of paper, write a paragraph for each competency listed below describing your background and qualifications in each area.

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.

Job Knowledge - Competent in required job skills and knowledge; exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills; keeps abreast of current developments; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; uses resources effectively.

Cooperation - Establishes and maintains effective relations; exhibits tact and consideration; offers assistance and support to co-workers; works cooperatively in group situations; works actively to resolve conflicts.

Team Leadership - Fosters team cooperation; defines team roles and responsibilities; supports group problem solving; ensures progress toward goals; acknowledges team accomplishments.

Conflict Resolution - Encourages open communications; confronts difficult situations; maintains objectivity; keeps emotions under control; uses negotiation skills to resolve conflicts.

Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below 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.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES (Language, Mathematical, Reasoning and Computer Skills):

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

COMPUTER SKILLS: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing software; Spreadsheet software; Payroll systems; Order processing systems and Human Resource systems.


High School Diploma or GED required.

Certified Peace Officer; demonstrated quality work as a police officer.

Three or more years of experience in law enforcement preferred.

Collaborative, effective, team leader with a strong commitment to working in collaboration with a diverse population of direct reports, senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni.  Enthusiastic about working in a team-oriented environment. Excellent interpersonal (Emotional Intelligence) and communication skills required (ability to clearly express ideas and concepts orally and in writing). Demonstrated ability to benchmark and use data to inform the development of best practices. Strong commitment to the values of diversity and human compassion. Demonstrated understanding of changing student needs and ability to articulate these needs to the University community. Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated and autonomous. Experience engaging student crisis and at-risk student needs.


TCOLE Peace Officer License Required.


Frequently stands for prolonged periods of time.

Frequent lifting (25-30 lbs.) and pushing or pulling items may be required.

Ability to defend themselves or others if the need arises.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel.  The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms.

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. 

Specific vision abilities required by this job include ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; extreme cold and extreme heat.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Full-Time positions require a 40-hour work-week. The current open position is for the night shift (10PM – 8AM) and may require working weekends.

Part-Time positions require either “up to 19 hours” per week or “20-29 hours” per week depending on what is needed at the time.

On-call duty may occasionally be required when a response is necessary.

All hours worked beyond 40 hours in a single work week will be compensated at time and a half, per FLSA guidelines. 

Must have and maintain a valid Class C Drivers License and maintain a clear driving record to be insurable under the university liability policy.

Must be able to drive to complete work assignments on and off campus, as needed.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: For more information concerning benefits offered to HSU employees, see the HSU Benefits Summary on the HSU website.


HSU complies with all applicable anti-discrimination laws including those prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, sex, pregnancy, race, color, national origin, disability, genetic information and military service. HSU is a private university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and may lawfully consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. HSU is committed to hiring faculty and staff who share an active Christian faith and fully support HSU’s mission.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HSU provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment, except when the accommodation would impose an undue hardship. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be directed to Human Resources.


HSU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law. HSU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university’s financial and physical assets. Therefore, Hardin-Simmons University conducts background checks. Depending on the position, applicants may also be required to consent to a credit check as part of the background check process. As a non-profit institution of higher education committed to Christian faith and values, the University exercises its rights under state and federal law to use religion as a factor in making employment decisions.