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Police Officer

Georgia College and State University

Listing Summary

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

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

Preferred Experience
Preferred experience in a higher education environment


  • 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 of accident, illness, injury, and use of force situations, including CPR and the use of an AED


  • The ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, including for emergency response
  • The ability to walk, run, jump, navigate a variety of terrains, and sit or stand for prolonged periods
  • The ability to perform arrests, forcibly, if necessary and reasonably, 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, including 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.


  • 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 can be paid $45/hr for extra duty details

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.


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