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Patrol Officer

Georgia College and State University

Listing Summary

Georgia College & State University (GCSU) is the state's designated public liberal arts university, where students learn the essential skills to compete in a fast-paced and technology-driven global society. The university prepares students for successful careers, leadership in communities, problem solving and life-long learning through personalized attention in a residential setting with opportunities for a variety of transformational experiences through its award-winning, high-impact practices. One of only three selective universities within the University System of Georgia and a top 10 ranked public university in the Southeast, GCSU offers undergraduate degrees in more than 40 majors, 34 graduate programs, doctorates in education and nursing, professional certificates and continuing education programs.

As a member of the prestigious Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), GCSU is committed to fostering a liberal arts environment that values academic preeminence, interdisciplinary inquiry and an inclusive learning community. GCSU enjoys a strong reputation for academic excellence and nationally ranked programs according to US News & World Report, The Princeton Review and Colleges of Distinction - among other ranking sources.

Georgia College & State University takes great pride in combining the educational experience of a private liberal arts college with the affordability of a public university. Faculty and staff are dedicated to student engagement and experiential learning through high-impact practices such as internships, service- and community-based learning, diversity, study abroad opportunities, mentored undergraduate research and a capstone project that fosters intellectual curiosity, reasoned inquiry and critical thinking.

The university's beautiful and historic campus is located downtown in Milledgeville, Georgia, a charming, diverse college town of approximately 19,000 residents in Central Georgia, and only 90 miles southeast of Atlanta. Milledgeville is also the home of noted American author and alumna, Flannery O'Connor, '45, and the college community enjoys many exciting literary arts programs at O'Connor's former home, Andalusia, now owned by the university. Milledgeville is located on the banks of beautiful Lake Sinclair and Lake Oconee, allowing faculty, staff and students to take full advantage of the environmental and recreational benefits of being part of a lake community. For cultural, educational and leisure opportunities beyond Milledgeville - Macon and Atlanta are located within easy driving distances.

Georgia College & State University is committed to protecting academic freedom in addition to supporting the freedom of expression as outlined in the University System of Georgia's Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom policy and its Ethics Code of Conduct. For more information, visit us online at

Job Summary


The position of Police Officer is a regular, and/or special detail position, providing general law enforcement and service related duties for the Georgia College & State University community. To perform these duties, employees in this position must possess, or be able to obtain and maintain, certification as a peace officer, pursuant to the rules of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.

Work involves knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, in addition to policies and procedures of the Board of Regents of the State of Georgia, Georgia College & State University, and the department of Public Safety. Employees assigned to this position must be able to demonstrate the ability to exercise independent judgment and decision making within the limits prescribed by laws, rules, regulation, policies, and procedures.

Work requires dedication to public service, which is often accompanied by emotional and/or physical stress from rapidly evolving events.



Patrol - 40
Conduct routine vehicle, foot, bicycle, and alternative patrol of Georgia College & State University properties, and the surrounding area pursuant to statutory jurisdictions.
Such patrol shall facilitate the detection and deterrence of crime, criminal activity, and suspicious activity for Georgia College & State University properties.

Law Enforcement - 15
This position requires employees to utilize sound discretion and decision making skills when determining appropriate responses to violations of federal, state, local, and traffic laws.

Reporting - 15
Provide adequate documentation of public safety actions, including the authoring of incident reports, arrest and booking reports, use of force reports, supplemental reports, traffic citations, and other documents related to safety and security initiatives on campus.
Such documentation may include written reports, diagrams, sketches, and other representations of reported circumstances.

Safety and Security Activities - 15
Perform relevant safety and security functions that enhance public safety within the Georgia College & State University community.
Such functions include: developing positive police-community relations, facilitating the physical security of campus properties, the performance of first-aid in response to medical distress, the enhancement of emergency response to a variety of natural and man-made hazards.

Communications - 10
Effectively communicate with other departmental personnel in the field, and as a reserve communications officer in the Georgia College & State University communications center.

Other - 5
Perform other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications


Educational Requirements
Must possess a high school diploma or accredited GED equivalent

Other Required Qualifications

Must be able to successfully pass a comprehensive background check, pursuant to the regulations of Georgia College & State University, the Board of Regents Police Guidebook and recommendations from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. Requirements will include, at a minimum: an oral interview, a state and federal criminal history check, a nationwide sex offender search, a social security number check, a credit history check, a medical examination, a drug screening, a psychological screening, a polygraph examination, an employment history check, and the verification of at least three professional/personal references.
Must possess a valid driver's license, or the ability to obtain a valid driver's license.

Must possess, or be able to obtain and maintain certification as a peace officer pursuant to the rules of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (said rules may be found at

Required Experience
Must have 2 years of work history, not necessarily in a related field, OR a combination of educational attainment and work history

Preferred Qualifications


Preferred Educational Qualifications
Preferred attainment of an Associate's Degree from an accredited college or university

Additional Preferred Qualifications
Preferred certification as a peace officer pursuant to the rules of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council

Preferred Experience
Preferred experience in a higher education environment

Required Documents to Attach

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities



  • Knowledge of standard police practices and techniques
  • Knowledge of university properties, buildings, population, and the surrounding environment
  • Knowledge and understanding of departmental policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of federal, state, local, and traffic laws
  • Knowledge of case law governing law enforcement tactics and the use of force
  • Knowledge of criminal procedure, search and seizure, and rules of evidence
  • Knowledge and understanding of departmental policies and procedures
  • Familiarity with ARMS or records management equivalents
  • Familiarity with common workplace technology and office related software
  • Knowledge of fire prevention and suppression techniques
  • Knowledge of GCIC operations


  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Skill in furnishing first aid in the event accident, illness, injury, and use of force situations, to include CPR and the use of an AED


  • The ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, including for the purposes of emergency response
  • The ability to walk, run, jump, navigate a variety of terrains, and sit or stand for prolonged periods of time
  • The ability to perform arrests, forcibly, if necessary and reasonable, requiring proficiency in the use of handcuffs, other physical restraints, defensive tactics, less lethal and intermediate weapons, and firearms
  • The ability to handle situations firmly, courteously and tactfully, with respect for the rights of others
  • The ability to physically check buildings, and lock or unlock facilities as needed to support the operations of the university
  • The ability to develop and maintain positive police-community relations
  • The ability to speak about crime prevention, awareness, and education to a variety of campus audiences
  • The ability to react quickly and calmly under emergency conditions
  • The ability to perform rescue and evacuation functions during accidents, emergencies, and disasters, to include traffic control and direction, removing persons from dangerous situations, and facilitating the evacuation of campus facilities
  • The ability to use radio systems to dispatch and receive calls for service

Conditions of Employment

  • Legal authorization to work in US prior to employment.
  • Must be able to perform duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Proof of a valid Georgia driver's license with a suitable DMV record.
  • Must be able to successfully pass Departmental background check including:
    • Driver's History
    • Criminal History
    • Georgia POST
    • Drug Screening
    • Psychological exam
    • Physical Agility test
    • Polygraph
    • Fingerprinting
    • Credit Check
  • May be required to maneuver items weighing up to 25 pounds with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Work performed in indoor and outdoor environment
  • Required to walk, stand, and/or sit for extended period depending on assignment
  • May be required to subdue, restrain, and arrest combative suspects
  • Work schedule is shift work based on needs of University and may include days, nights, weekends, holidays,
  • and include special events
  • Subject to be called back to work as situations warrant, sometimes working extended hours
  • Required to work in all types of weather
  • This position will be required to drive.
  • This role is considered a position of trust.
  • Georgia College and State University is a Tobacco and Smoke-Free Community.

Equal Employment Opportunity


Georgia College & State University (GCSU) is committed to the fundamental principle of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee. No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information, be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination, under any program or activity conducted by GCSU.

Georgia College & State University is a national award-winning institution in areas of student success and achievement. It strives to achieve excellence in the composition of its community, educational programs, university policies, research and scholarship, campus life, employment practices, extracurricular activities, and community outreach. It is a priority of the university to be a welcoming and inclusive environment so that its campus culture will enhance the ability of its community members to succeed in their endeavors, to be respected as individuals, and to feel a sense of belonging. Please visit Equal Employment Opportunity for more information.


Other Information


This is not a supervisory position.
This position has financial responsibilities.
This position will be required to drive.
This role is considered a position of trust.
This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).


  • 3-day Weekend Every Other Week
  • 12 Paid Holidays Annually
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Leave
  • USG Tuition Assistance Program (9 Credit Hours Paid Tuition After 6 Months of Employment)
  • Enrollment in Teacher's Retirement System retirement plan
  • Competitive Starting Salary
  • Quality Insurance Options
  • Extra Duty Pay- both salary and hourly employees

Patrol Officers will receive:

  • Ample Training Opportunities
  • All Duty Gear
  • Duty and Training Uniforms
  • Boot Allowance
  • Soft Body Armor
  • Duty Weapon, Long Gun, Less Lethal Options

Background Check

  • Criminal Background Check
  • Credit Check

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