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Classification Description

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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

Police Officer

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 7238

UW Job Family: 71

SOC Code: 33-3051

Pay Grade: 20

Date: July 01, 2008

Job Purpose:

Performs professional law enforcement work; enforces University, city, state, and federal laws; protects life, property and prevents crime; assists in crime investigations, preserves, collects and processes evidence.

Minimum Qualifications


Associate's degree or current Wyoming peace officer certification required.


1 year work-related experience

Required Licensure, Certification, Registration, or Other Requirements:

  • 21 years of age and a United States Citizen. Current certified Peace Officers or be on the current registry of applicants after having successfully completed testing administered by the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.
  • Applicants are subject to a thorough background and reference investigation, must pass physical, psychological, and oral board examinations.
  • Police Officers at the University of Wyoming must maintain physical fitness standards as determined by the Chief of Police in order to perform maximum physical effort when required.
  • Valid Wyoming Driver's License is required.
  • Non-certified applicants must successfully complete a program of initial training at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy within one year of employment and be certified as a Basic Peace Officer.
  • Must achieve Advanced Peace Officer certification within two years of employment with the department, and must achieve Professional Peace Officer certification within three years of employment.
  • Professional Peace Officer certification must be maintained throughout the officer's continued employment by completing 40 hours every two years of continuing education credits approved by the Wyoming Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Loading, unloading, aiming and discharging a firearm from a variety of positions and under stressful conditions.
  • Methods in determining when reasonable suspicion exists to detain, probably cause to search and arrest, and use force when required.
  • Geography of the City of Laramie and the location of buildings on campus.
  • Peace Officer certification and continuing education requirements.

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Learn new methods, techniques, skills, and procedures.
  • Exercise judgment in assisting with determination of reasonable suspicion to detain, probable cause to search and arrest, and use force as directed by supervisor.
  • Quickly enter and exit a vehicle; lift and drag heavy objects; climb or pull oneself over obstacles; crawl in confined spaces and balance on uneven or narrow surfaces
  • Conduct visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.
  • Endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with hostile views, opinions, and antagonistic environments.
  • Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents sufficient to assist in preparation of citations, affidavits, warrants, and investigative reports as directed by supervisor.
  • Acquire knowledge of police methods, practices, procedures and techniques and apply this specific knowledge to specific regulations.
  • Work cooperatively, courteously, but firmly, will all segments of the population.
  • Evaluate a situation and make decisions as to appropriate action under pressure in accordance with rules, regulations, and policies.
  • Observe and monitor people's behavior or objects to determine compliance with laws, codes and regulations, and accurately recollect details.
  • Produce written documents in the English language with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Demonstrate physical fitness by meeting physical fitness standards as determined by Chief of Police.
  • Communicate effectively by phone, police radio system, or in person in a group or one-on-one setting.
  • Learn, understand, make inferences, interpret, and enforce federal, state, and city laws, codes and regulations.
  • Use and properly care for firearms and related police emergency equipment.
  • Foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Perform searches involving feeling to detect objects and walking for long periods of time.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Patrol assigned post, investigate reported incidents, and perform arrests according to violations of city, county, state and federal laws; process arrested suspects including taking photographs and inked fingerprint impressions.

Prepare investigative accident and condition reports including sketches and mathematical computations; gather information for criminal investigations including interviewing, obtaining statements, and collecting evidence.

 Direct vehicle and pedestrian traffic; enforce parking and traffic rules and regulations.

 Provide crowd and traffic control during sporting events, concerts and other special events.

 Respond to emergency situations and assist local police agencies as necessary.

Supplemental Functions:

Provide information and directions; mediate disputes and advise of rights and processes.

Perform rescue functions at accidents, emergencies and disasters including directing traffic, administering emergency medical aid, extinguishing small fires; moving, securing and evacuating people from dangerous situations.

Process and transport prisoners and committed mental patients using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints.

Working Conditions:

Law enforcement vehicle and patrolling in/outdoor environments; regularly exposed to hazards associated with law enforcement; will be assigned to work varying shifts and work schedules

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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