The position of Police Officer is a responsible professional public safety position with full executive law enforcement authority. Individuals working in this capacity protect the safety and security of persons, property, equipment and facilities, and protect and preserve individual civil rights in and around Northern Illinois University controlled lands. Police personnel enforce all applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, regulations, and University policies and procedures. Police Officers maintain the public peace and order and assist in facilitating the adjudication of infractions of the University Judicial Code and State or Federal Criminal or Civil Code violations.
Employee must possess a current State of Illinois or National certification for Paramedic or be eligible for State of Illinois or National certification as paramedic within 60 days of hire.
Duties and Responsibilities (generally)
1. Preventing death or injury and protecting property while preserving the public peace, order and tranquility through the use of sophisticated technologies, aggressive mobile and foot patrols, covert and overt surveillance initiatives and the employment of appropriate investigative strategies.
2. Police Officers with approved specialty factor are required to be certified as a Paramedic and maintain such certification throughout the term of their employment.
3. Police Officers, in their capacity as a Paramedic, are required to render effective medical assistance within their level of certification and expertise as may be necessary to ensure the health and well-being of anyone requiring such assistance.
4. The fair and impartial enforcement of State criminal, traffic, and motor vehicle laws, and adopted edicts from the University Board of Trustees through a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the Illinois State Statutes and the University’s policies, procedures, rules, and regulations and how they should be applied.
5. Collecting information relative to civil and criminal investigations, preparing cases for and providing testimony in court, and preparing detailed reports on assigned complaints and communicating the outcomes in formal judicial and informal non-judicial settings effectively, both orally and in writing.
6. Directing motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic, conducting motor vehicle accident investigations, preparing required state motor vehicle accident reports, and maintaining accurate, articulate accident investigation documents.
7. Engaging in regular foot and mobile patrol activities, responding to alarms, handling emergency complaints, serving warrants as required, engaging in self-initiated policing activities and transporting prisoners.
8. Operating and maintaining department equipment in accordance with agency policy and procedures, including but not limited to: emergency vehicles, RADAR, LIDAR or other speed measuring devices, breath/alcohol analyzers, mobile computing systems, automated defibrillators, and office machines.
9. Performing building security and parking regulation enforcement.
10. Promoting exceptional relationships with the university community.
11. Police Officers may be required to operate communications equipment while temporarily functioning as a telecommunicator, observing all of the policies and procedures pertaining to that position, and caring for and maintaining the equipment in their control.
12. Police Officers assist other jurisdictions upon request in non-emergency or emergency circumstances, as provided for in the parent agency policies.
13. 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. Possession of a valid driver’s license.
3. No record of conviction of a felony or misdemeanors as identified in the Illinois Police Training Act (50 ILCS 705 et seq.), or a crime involving moral turpitude.
4. Eligibility for bonding, if required by the employing institution.
5. Successful completion of the Basic Law Enforcement Officers Training course as prescribed by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board, if required by the employing institution. All recruit law enforcement officers who successfully complete this course after September 1, 1984 are required to successfully pass the Law Enforcement Officers Certification Examination. (Applicants lacking such training at time of appointment will be required to complete such requirement during, and as a part of, their probationary period of employment in this class.)
6. Must be at least 21 years of age upon employment. (This requirement may be further defined by local recruitment, examination, and employment policies, provided age requirements have been met with regard to all other applicable state and federal regulations in this respect.)
7. Employee must possess a current State of Illinois or National certification for Paramedic or be eligible for State of Illinois or National certification as Paramedic within 60 days of hire.
NOTE: Persons who have not successfully completed the mandated firearm training course, as approved and recognized by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board, must complete the course during their probationary period. Police officers are not authorized to carry a service weapon until successfully completing such training.