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Police Officer Commissioned

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 18035
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Kristine Mashaw
(406) 994-5428

Classification Title Police Officer Commissioned - MSU/UM
Working Title Police Officer Commissioned
Brief Position Overview

Recruiting highly motivated individuals who are eligible to become or are currently a POST Certified Montana Police Officer.

Position Number 4M0169
Department University Police
Division Office of VP for Administration & Finance
Appointment Type Classified
Contract Term Fiscal Year
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FLSA Non-Exempt
Union Affiliation MPEA
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary $23.09 per hour, commensurate with experience, education and qualifications; a training wage may be paid until successful candidate completes the Montana Law Enforcement Academy Basic Police Officer course
Contract Type Classified Salary
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The mission of the University Police Department (UPD) is to provide the students, employees and visitors at Montana State University-Bozeman with a safe and secure environment for living and learning. It is the responsibility of every UPD member to consistently seek and find ways to affirmatively promote preserve and deliver security, safety and quality services to members of our community.

A Police Officer Commissioned (POC) is a Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) Certified Montana Police Officer who is assigned to either patrol or investigative functions. These officers assist with providing law enforcement and security for the Montana State University community.

Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Conduct vehicle patrol operations, including:
    • Safely and legally operate a police vehicle and equipment such as radar, mobile data terminal, in-car camera, records management system, etc.
    • Detect and take enforcement action on observed violations of the law.
    • Conduct traffic accident investigations.
    • Conduct DUI investigations and maintain required certifications.
  2. Conduct foot, bike, or alternate means of patrol that include detecting, deterring and investigating criminal activities, identifying unsecured buildings, MSU policy violations, and parking violations.
  3. Detect and deter crime and apprehend those who violate State, local, and Federal laws as well as University policies.
  4. Write comprehensive reports that clearly articulate relevant facts and support the elements of the criminal offense.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency with computer skills including Windows based computer software skills and a records management system.
  6. Interview victims, suspects, and witnesses to obtain information necessary to determine facts and circumstances of incidents.
  7. Preserve crime scenes, collect and photograph evidence, and properly secure evidence maintaining chain of custody.
  8. Respond to fire and medical emergencies and provide assistance as required.
  9. Participate in crime prevention programs such as Adopt-A-Cop.
  10. Conduct crime and safety awareness presentations.
  11. Provide and maintain the ability to provide credible testimony in a court of law.
Secondary duties:
  1. Participate in special duty assignments such as various trainings, administrative writing assignments, and statistical analysis and research projects.
  2. Provide police services during special events such as sporting events, concerts, etc., on a regular and overtime basis.
  3. Maintain training requirements and certifications as mandated by law and as directed by the MSU Chief of Police.
  4. Other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Meet peace officer education and certification standards as set forth by Montana Code annotated 7-32-303.
  2. Meet Montana Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification requirements through one of the following:
    • Possess a current Montana POST certification for sworn law enforcement officer.
    • Possess a current out-of-state equivalent certification and the ability to obtain Montana POST certification within one year.
    • Have the qualifications and ability to successfully complete the Montana Law Enforcement Academy Basic Police Officer course and obtain a Montana POST certification within one year.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Knowledge and experience with the use of firearms.
  2. Experience participating in community service programs and/or events.
The Successful Candidate Will
  1. Communicate effectively with employees and the public in-person and over the phone.
  2. Establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers and the public.
  3. Represent UPD and its services to others in a professional and courteous manner.
  4. Have the ability to effectively respond quickly to emergency situations.
  5. Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills.
  6. Have proficiency operating computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.
  7. Have the ability to research, acquire and articulate facts and convey information with a high degree of accuracy and a compelling point of view.
  8. Have the ability to participate in group presentations to convey information.
  9. Have the ability to follow progressive steps in order to reach a logical conclusion.
  10. Be able to make good decisions in stressful and/or emergency situations.
  11. Have the ability to successfully work and interact within a diverse culture in a college campus setting.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
  1. Must complete a one-year probationary period as well as pass an approved medical evaluation, psychological test, and drug screening.
  2. Must pass an in-depth police background investigation.
  3. Must possess, or be able to obtain within six months, a valid Montana driver license and have an acceptable driver record (less than 12 points in accordance with Administrative Rules of Montana 2.6.205):
  4. Must be willing to work days, nights, weekends, and holidays on a rotational basis.
  5. Must be willing to respond immediately to emergency situations 24 hours/7days a week/365 days a year.
  6. Must be willing to work overtime.
  7. Must be willing to work special events involving a large number of people.
  8. This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Physical Demands
  1. Must be able to pass a Department of Transportation physical.
  2. Position may require exposure to extreme temperature, noise, heights, or hazardous materials.
  3. Must be able to qualify and maintain annual certification with various duty weapons.
  4. Must be physically fit and able to perform foot patrol, bike patrol, and respond quickly to emergency situations.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed in this description are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date Upon completion of successful search
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:

Priority date for applications is August 23, 2017. Screening of applications will continue until an adequate applicant pool is established or the position is filled.

Special Instructions
Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you meet the Montana Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification requirements through one of the following:
    • I possess a current Montana POST certification for sworn law enforcement officer.
    • I possess a current out-of-state equivalent certification and ability to obtain Montana POST certification within one year.
    • I have the ability to successfully complete the Montana Law Enforcement Academy Basic Police Officer course and obtain a Montana POST certification within one year.
  2. * Please describe how you meet or exceed the peace officer education and certification standards as set forth by Montana Code annotated 7-32-303.

    (Open Ended Question)