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Ferris State University Department of Public Safety: Public Safety Officer Closing Date: October 1, 2022

Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  
Department: 57000 - Public Safety
Advertised Salary: $49,000 - $60,103.50 compensation rate pursuant to the FSU and Public Safety Supervisors/POLC Agreement  
FLSA: Non-Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing: Temporary  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: Public Safety Officers (Police Officers Labor Council)  
Term of Position: 12 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: Just Cause
Position Type: Staff  

Summary of Position:

The Public Safety Officer is the principal university agent responsible for carrying out the police functions of the Ferris State University Department of Public Safety. This is a temporary 3 year position and will become permanent once a public safety officer retires or resigns. These functions include protection of life and property, preservation of the peace and good order of the university community and the furnishing of various services to enhance and smooth university operations.

Required Education:

A minimum of an Associate’s Degree is required; or the agreement to complete an Associate’s Degree within two years of the date of hire.

Required Work Experience:


Required Licenses and Certifications:

  • Possession of a valid Michigan driver’s license
  • MCOLES certification

Physical Demands:

  • Office Environment
  • Bending
  • Carrying
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Inclement Weather
  • Moving
  • Reaching
  • Sitting
  • Twisting
  • Balancing
  • Driving
  • Heights
  • Lifting
  • Pulling/Pushing
  • Repetitive Movement
  • Standing  

Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered:

A Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice or related field is desirable. Ability to communicate effectively and maintain positive interpersonal relationships with faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Affect an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints.
  • Climb over obstacles; climb through openings, jump down from elevated surfaces; jump over obstacles, ditches and streams; and crawl in confined areas to pursue, search, investigate and/or rescue.
  • Communicate effectively over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications, often under adverse conditions such as siren usage and high-speed vehicle operations.
  • Communicate verbally and effectively by listening to people and by giving information, directions, and commands.
  • Conduct searches of buildings and large outdoor areas, which may involve walking and/or standing for long periods of time and which requires the ability to distinguish color and perceive shapes.
  • Conduct visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.
  • Enter and exit vehicles quickly to perform rescue operations, pursue a suspect or answer an emergency call.
  • Exercise independent judgment within legal guidelines, to determine when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest and when force may be used and to what degree.
  • Gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects and confidential informants.
  • Load, unload, aim, and fire handguns, shotguns, and other agency firearms from a variety of body positions in situations that justify the use of deadly force while maintaining emotional control under extreme stress.
  • Manage interpersonal conflicts to maintain order.
  • Operate an emergency vehicle during both the day and night; in emergency and pursuit situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits while exercising due care and caution and in exception to traffic control devices and in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions and environmental conditions such as fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow.
  • Perform law enforcement patrol functions while working rotating shifts and unanticipated overtime.
  • Perform other essential tasks as identified by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.
  • Perform searches of persons which involve touching and feeling to detect potential weapons and contraband.
  • Perform tasks, which require lifting, carrying, or dragging people or heavy objects while performing arrest, rescue, or general patrol functions.
  • Prepare investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations.
  • Pursue fleeing suspects on foot in both day and night and in unfamiliar terrain.
  • Read and comprehend rules, regulations, policies, procedures and the law for purposes of ensuring appropriate officer behavior/response and performing enforcement activities involving the public.
  • Subdue resisting subjects using hands and feet while employing defensive tactics, maneuvers or approved non-lethal weapons.
  • Use body force to gain entrance through barriers to search, seize, investigate and/or rescue.
  • Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.
  • Crime Prevention: Be aware of property security.
  • Crime Prevention: Conduct public relations.
  • Crime Prevention: Investigate all suspicious persons and/or situations.
  • Crime Prevention: Patrol campus to deter crime.
  • Demonstrate practical skills: First aid.
  • Demonstrate practical skills: Interrogations.
  • Demonstrate practical skills: Use of firearms.
  • Enforcement Duties: Apprehend violators of federal and state criminal laws and local ordinances.
  • Enforcement Duties: Conduct accident investigations
  • Enforcement Duties: Conduct criminal investigations.
  • Enforcement Duties: Traffic enforcement.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members.

Marginal Duties/Responsibilities:

Skills and Abilities:

Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Required Documents:

  • Resume 
  • Cover Letter
  • Unofficial Transcript 
  • Certification
  • License  

Optional Documents:

Special Instructions to Applicants: Transcript 1 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcript of Associate’s Degree is required degree.

Transcript must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.

Initial Application Review Date: September 15, 2022  
Open Until Position is Filled?: Yes

EEO Statement:

Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.