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Public Safety Officer

Ohio Northern University
Job Location:
Ada, Ohio
Police and Public Safety
Position Title
Public Safety Officer

Position Type
Support Staff


Job Summary

This position is responsible for protecting members of the University Community, maintaining order, enforcing policies and procedures, rules and regulations of the Ohio Northern University. Public Safety officers may be assigned to uniform or plainclothes details. Shift scheduling changes periodically, sometimes with little advanced notice in emergency situations. Duties require initiative, resourcefulness and the ability to analyze situations and in emergencies to adopt a quick, effective and responsible course of action. The work involves frequent contact with the public and requires the ability to deal with persons in tense situations where attitudes and relations are strained.


The Public Safety Officer is responsible for providing protection of life and property, enforcement of all rules, regulations, policies and procedures of Ohio Northern University; responding to emergency and nonemergency situations and to perform other duties as directed.

Principal Responsibilities
  • Patrols designated areas via motor vehicle, bicycle or on foot to detect criminal activity; inspects doors, windows and premises of University buildings and properties; to detect suspicious vehicles, persons or situations ; maintains high visibility.
  • Responds to calls for service including domestic situations, assaults, burglaries, thefts, property damage, alarms, bomb threats, natural disasters that affect campus, public service duties such as escorts, vehicle lockouts and door unlocks.
  • Conducts preliminary/ follow up investigations of complaints or incidents on University property, involving University students, faculty, staff or visitors to campus.
  • Take fingerprints for background checks.
  • May be asked to testify in court when subpoenaed; escort law enforcement officers or investigators on campus for various situations; provides assistance or backup to public service agencies including fire and EMS on campus and provide twenty-four hour service to Ohio Northern University.
  • Operates a variety of standard and specialized equipment and tools associated with public safety including vehicles, OC spray, handcuffs, asp baton, flashlights, fire extinguishers, photographic equipment, telephones, radios, desktop computers, tablets and general office equipment.
  • Inspects and maintains assigned vehicles and related equipment assigned to public safety vehicles.
  • Follows safety procedures, utilizes equipment, monitors work environment to ensure the safety of University faculty, staff,students and visitors; Performs driving functions in a safe and efficient manner under various conditions and in adverse weather conditions.
  • Prepares and completes required forms, reports, correspondence, logs, event reports, damage reports, narratives, missing persons reports, parking registrations and enforces parking regulations on all University lots.
  • Enters reports directly into ReportExec RMS, using a computer and its accompanying equipment such as a computer and mouse.
  • Communicates in person, via telephone and/or radio, provides assistance and information to those needing help.
  • Creates/ maintains positive public relations with the University community and visitors to our campus; Maintains and promotes peace and order; Provides education and information regarding University policies and procedures, personal safety, drug abuse and the law, alcohol laws, crime prevention and other public safety issues.
  • Attends shift meetings, training sessions both on and off campus, seminars as required to remain knowledgeable of departmental/ University operations and activities, to promote improved job performance and to stay current with trends in the field of public safety.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Required Skills
  • Working knowledge of public safety principles and practices.
  • Ability to understand and carry out complex oral and written instructions
  • Good verbal and written skills
  • Good powers of observation and memory
  • Excellent moral character
Physical Requirements:
  • Constantly tolerate exposure to varying weather conditions including heat, cold, dampness and humidity
  • Frequently sit, stand and walk
  • Constantly walking around campus
  • Frequently utilize good hearing, good near or distant vision, good depth perception, good discernment between colors and good skin sensory skills to distinguish objects
  • Frequently work in a high noise environment and be exposed to moving machinery and/or vehicles
  • Frequently attend extensive safety training and/or utilize protective devices
  • Frequently work on slippery or uneven surfaces
  • Occasionally stoop, crawl, kneel, run, smell, taste, push, pull and reach repeatedly in any direction
  • Occasionally climb ladders or scaffolds and balance to prevent falling or erratic movement
  • Occasionally lift or carry loads up to 50 pounds
  • Occasionally handle objects by seizing, holding, grasping or turning hands but not necessarily utilizing finger dexterity
Minimum Qualifications
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Possess a valid Ohio drivers license
Preferred Qualifications
  • Ohio Peace Officer training, fire service or EMS background
  • Professional Security Officer certifications
EEO Statement

ONU is an equal employment opportunity employer. Accordingly, no person shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, transgender status, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. This policy applies to all areas of employment including recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, discipline, separation and other terms, condition and privileges of employment.

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