The position of security guard is a responsible, professional public safety position with limited enforcement authority. Individuals working in this capacity protect the safety and security of person, property, equipment and facilities at Northern Illinois University controlled lands. Security guards report violations of all Federal, State, and local laws, rules, regulations and University policies and procedures. Security guards report infraction of the public peace and order, protect property and assist in facilitating the adjudication of infractions of the University Judicial Code and State or Federal Criminal or Civil Code violations.
Duties and Responsibilities (generally)
The duties and responsibilities of a security guard include, but are not limited to:
1. Preventing death or injury and protecting property while preserving the public peace, order and tranquility through the use of foot patrols, securing of buildings, facilities and items, and the temporary civil detention of offenders until placed into police custody.
2. The reporting of State criminal laws and adopted edicts from the University Board of Trustees through a general knowledge and understanding of the Illinois State Statutes and the University’s policies, procedures, rules and regulations and how they should be applied.
3. Gathering information relative to civil and criminal complaints and relaying it to police authorities.
4. Providing written activity reports and court testimony.
5. Limited directing of motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic and reporting of observed motor vehicle accidents.
6. Engaging in foot patrol activities, building security, and self-initiated security activities.
7. Operating and maintaining department equipment in accordance with agency policy and procedures.
8. Promote exceptional relationships with the university community.
9. Security guards may be called upon to assist other jurisdictions in limited circumstances as provided for in the parent agency policies.
10. Performing other duties as may be required by supervisory or command personnel.
Minimum Required Qualifications for this position
1. High school graduation or equivalent
2. Valid Illinois drivers license
3. No record of conviction of a felony, or of a crime involving moral turpitude
Specialty Factors (Additional Required Qualifications)
Education and Experience Preferred
Security guards must possess a general understanding of the State of Illinois Criminal Code and the policies, procedures, rules and regulations of the university. Security guards are required to have a general knowledge and understanding of how to engage in effective mediation, facilitation, negotiation and de-escalation activities. Every guard must have the cognitive capacity to read, understand, interpret and apply the appropriate legal texts and academic documents that provide the information necessary to develop the knowledge and skills mentioned above.
List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the performance of this position.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs)
1. Knowledge of, or the ability to learn and uphold, University policies and procedures to promote security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
2. Ability to communicate effectively, patiently, and objectively in order to clearly demonstrate knowledge, command of the situation, and traits that include concern, integrity, and respect for the individual and/or situation.
3. Ability to enforce security rules and regulations.
4. Ability to read basic operational procedures and prepare operational reports.
5. Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods of time if essential to the position.
6. Ability to work outdoors during all seasons if essential to the position.
7. Ability to hear and see details at close range and at a distance; normal vision and hearing (corrected).
8. Ability to maintain an awareness of the environment for suspicious or criminal behavior or activity;
9. Ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences; mental alertness.
10. Ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material; flexibility of closure.
11. Ability to think critically, respond effectively, and maintain a professional demeanor in a potentially high stress or emergency situations.