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Public Safety Officer: Accreditation Sergeant - Department of Public Safety

Apply now Job no: 493296
Work type: DPS - Public Safety
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: Public Safety/Police/Security

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Bachelor Degree
  • Minimum of at least ten years full-time law enforcement experience
  • Minimum of at least three years supervisory experience
  • Applicants must be currently MCOLES certified or licensable as a police officer as defined by MCOLES at time of hire. 
  • Obtain valid State of Michigan driver’s license with an acceptable traffic record.
  • No criminal record, which will question credibility or public trust, expected of an officer.
  • Possess good moral character as determined by a favorable comprehensive background investigation.
  • Physical, mental and emotional ability to execute duties.
  • Available to work any shift.
  • Knowledge of current laws, standards and police procedures. Ability to learn and operate all communication equipment.
  • Ability to maintain a satisfactory work performance and attendance record.
  • Demonstrated ability and aptitude as it relates to analyzing, developing and applying policy development and compliance work.
  • Knowledge of law enforcement accreditation standards
  • Ability to self-initiate and perform tasks related to accreditation in an organized manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to exercise sound judgement.
  • Demonstrated ability to keep information confidential
  • High level knowledge in the use of Microsoft Office and Adobe Professional
  • Maintain data entry of policy compliance in the PowerDMS program and other needed software as it relates to compliance efforts

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

Law Enforcement Responsibilities:

This is a uniformed and armed police position charged with enforcing state/local laws and the rules of the university. Patrols the campus in a marked unit. Responds to emergency calls for service. Arrest and issue citations as necessary. Provide backup assistance when dispatched. Provide first aid, scene control and/or coordination between backup units, ambulance and hospitals. Respond to and investigate complaints as received or as department requires. Testify at court and subsequent hearings. Serve subpoenas and warrants as requested. Revise and update all complaint reports and perform further actions as appropriate. Keep supervisor informed of progress. Provide surveillance of campus environment and report any unusual and/or unsafe conditions. Responsible for the safety and protection of the campus community, its personnel and property. Provide parking and crowd control at campus events. Act as a liaison between campus community and area law enforcement agencies. Responsible for care and maintenance of all equipment issued by the department. Willingness to exhibit proper attitude and demeanor to establish and maintain good public relations. Successful completion of Field Training program.  Attend and complete by demonstrating proficiency all required in-service training programs that includes Medical First Responder training and certification.

Accreditation Manager Responsibilities:

This position will be responsible for obtaining Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) certification for the Department.  This position requires a high degree of organization, self-initiation, and aptitude with regard to policy development.  This position is responsible for development, review, coordination and implementation of law enforcement standards in a national accreditation process.  These efforts will include but will not be limited to the following:

  • Review, develop and coordinate the implementation and management of Department compliance efforts and Departmental programs related to its accreditation effort.
  • Conduct complex studies requiring a high degree of initiative, judgement, discretion, knowledge, communication and interpersonal skills to provide a basis for the development of policies and programs regarding overall university security and policing.
  • Research and compile law enforcement standard compliance efforts of the Department.
  • Direct, coordinate and facilitate research, review and analyses of administrative procedures by Department staff, including but not limited to: development of standard objectives, implementation efforts and available alternatives; coordination of and participation in the preparation of responses to accreditation requirements, law modifications, and studies related to university policing, including traditional law enforcement issues. 
  • Analyze work methodologies, law enforcement standards, and determine best practices.  Draft recommended policies and written directives for review by management.

Additional Information:

Performs other similar and related duties as directed by supervisor. Starting pay will be commensurate with experience in the range of $28.46-$33.64.  This position may be assigned a 5-day 8-hour or 4-day 10-hour schedule.  The position will work out of the Grand Rapids Campus and will be expected to honor a commitment to get through an initial accreditation and reaccreditation process. 

Selected candidate may perform standard sergeant tasks as needed and directed by supervisor.  When accreditation tasks and process are completed, additional work functions will be assigned. 

Applicants that make it past the initial screening will be required to complete and submit a personal history statement form provided by the Department of Public Safety.

For information on the steps involved in the hiring process, please visit our website at

Salary:  $28.46 - $33.64 per hour

Department/Division:  Public Safety

Campus: Grand Rapids and/or Allendale

How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter and resume.  The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically.  On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Application Deadline Date:  The posting may be closed at anytime at the discretion of the University.  Review of applications will begin on January 20, 2020.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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