Campus Police Officer III


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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
375 Church Street


Company Description:
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is a dynamic and vibrant four-year public college located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. Founded in 1894, MCLA is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college of the Massachusetts State University System. MCLA is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), a national consortium positioned at the forefront of the conversation on the value of a liberal arts education. MCLA was named one of U.S. News and World Report's Top Public Schools in 2018.

Campus Police Officer III
North Adams
Full Time
Government/Public Service

A CPO III (Sergeant) provides the first level of supervision in the department and is primarily responsible for the proper performance of police officers assigned to duty within the area subject to his/her supervision.  He/She is charged with ensuring compliance with all departmental regulations, policies and departmental instructions.  He/She handles all minor infractions, using his/her best judgment and reports all violations to his/her superiors.  The shift supervisor will be responsible for the efficiency, discipline, conduct, appearance and strict attention to duty of all patrol staff, communications and support personnel, under his/her supervision.

Detailed Statement of Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise patrol staff and all departmental employees assigned to his/her shift and be responsible for their effectiveness.  The shift supervisor must be thoroughly acquainted with the duties and responsibilities of personnel he/she is supervising in order to assist and instruct them in the proper discharge of their duties.
  • Prepares reports on investigations conducted and incidences occurring during his/her tour of duty.
  • Be familiar with current departmental regulations, policies and departmental instructions, as well as developments in the laws that affect departmental personnel.
  • Monitor the duty performance of departmental members and employees and ensure that it is satisfactory through encouragement, explanation, discipline, referral to his/her supervisor, or other methods consistent with departmental policy.
  • Submit written reports to the Director of Public Safety of any member of the department when he/she commits a serious breach of regulations/procedures of the department and informal corrective measures prove inadequate.  The report will include complete details of the misconduct or procedural violation and those corrective measures attempted.  Examples of misconduct ordinarily considered "serious" may include, but not limited to:
    • Flagrant refusal to obey an order.
    • The commission of ANY criminal offense.
    • Verbal and/or physical abuse of another person.
    • Excessive use of force with a prisoner or other person.
    • Being absent without leave.
    • Reporting late for duty.
    • A conflict of interest.
    • Negligence or failure to respond after discovering the existence of conditions dangerous to the health or safety of the campus community.
    • Repeated failure to respond to orders, instructions or other admonitions to correctly execute his/her duties.
  • Provides for or schedules officer coverage for daily patrols and/or events dealing with the safety and security at athletic or large social gatherings on campus.
  • Assists in providing a safe, secure campus environment, but not limited to, providing personal safety escorts, when requested, for community members or visitors moving about campus; security checks of campus buildings on a regular basis; activating and de-activating building entry lights; troubleshooting hazardous conditions about the campus grounds; documenting lighting conditions; recognizing and correcting fire hazards; opening and securing of campus buildings; providing access to secured areas for authorized individuals/groups following established departmental procedures.
  • Implements all orders received from the Lieutenant and/or Director of Public Safety.
  • Identifies, develops and coordinates the implementation of various training programs for all departmental personnel.  Assists the Lieutenant and/or Director of Public Safety in the evaluation of employees based upon personal observations and appropriate records.
  • Provides crime and fire prevention efforts for the campus through various workshops, orientation programs and/or community meetings.
  • Be familiar with departmental records and reporting system in detail and instruct officers in the proper method of reporting.  Causes reports to be filed on preliminary investigations and periodic reports on the status of more, in-depth investigations, calling to his/her Director's attention, any significant developments in all investigations.
  • Performs all the duties required of a campus police officer on and about campus, including uniformed foot and bike patrol as well as operation of the department motor vehicles; enforces local, state, and federal statutes and the rules and regulations of MCLA.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Lieutenant and/or Director of Public Safety.
  • Five years of work experience with campus or municipal policing; supervisory experience and/or training preferred.
  • Graduation from the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council Municipal Academy or Massachusetts State Police Campus Police Academy or its equivalent required.
  • Eligibility for appointment as a Massachusetts Special State Police Officer under Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 22C, Section 63.
  • Candidate must have experience working with diverse populations and have the ability to deal with young adults, faculty, and staff in a multi-cultural, multi-racial environment.
  • Must have and retain a valid driver's license, and possess a valid license to carry a firearm.
  • Must obtain or possess CPR/First Responder certification and be trained in operation of Automated External Defibrillator.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Computer literacy in the department's law enforcement technology including word processing, LEAPS, ID equipment, various alarm systems/computers and other security related software.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical and psychological assessment arranged under the auspices of the Campus Police Department; the physical requirements of the position will be discussed with the candidate at the job interview.
  • Ability to obtain certification as a Law Enforcement Administration System Computer Operator after hire/
  • Ability to work varied work schedules and shifts based on assignment and the needs of the department/college.
  • Ability to complete specialty training applicable to campus law enforcement, crime prevention, instructor certifications in law enforcement and related disciplines preferred.
  • Ability to train staff on department policies and procedures.
  • Must be able to successfully complete a thorough background check to include Criminal Offender Records Information.
  • Ability to perform duties with or without reasonable accommodation.


  • Must be situationally available (24 hours) for emergencies and other critical situations.
  • Must attend and successfully complete police supervisor training.
  • Must successfully complete initial and annual firearms qualifications training.
  • Must successfully complete annual in-service training requirements.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, Campus Police Officer III (Grade 19, Step 1) position in the AFSCME bargaining unit.  Biweekly salary is $2,242.56.

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