University Police Patrol Officer

Posted: 05/25/2023

Position Details

Position Information

NBAPOSN Title Police Patrol Officer

Working Title University Police Patrol Officer

Brief Position Overview

The University Police Officer is a full time, year round position within the University
Police Department at MSU Billings.

*Successfully completed Montana Law Enforcement Academy Basic Police Officer Training or EQ Challenge applicants only*

Position Number 6N8047

Department University Police


Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year

FLSA Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation FOCUS-MFPE

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Yes

Compensation Hourly

Salary $23.80 per hour

Contract Type Classified Hourly

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement Montana State University Billings is a preferred employer in the region-WE WANT YOU!

The following are reasons why you should join our team:

  • Work-life balance
  • Holidays-10 paid holidays per year and General Election Day
  • Vacation- 15 days per year (New Employees to 10 years; after 10 years the accrual rate increases)
  • Sick Leave – Earned at an accrual rate of .0416125 for each hour in pay status.
  • Employee and Dependent Tuition Waiver
  • Opportunities to engage in professional development opportunities
  • Committed to employee wellness and access to a robust Employee Assistance Program
  • Medical Benefits that are robust and affordable
  • Visit MUS Benefits to learn more about our benefit package including Medical, Vision, and Dental
  • Life Insurance and Long Term Disability are incorporated into our benefits.
  • Learn more about our retirement benefits at MUS Retirement.
  • Opportunities for career growth and a variety of career paths
  • Campus vibrancy- coffee shops, FREE attendance to MSUB concerts, athletic events, and lectures, access to recreation center, library, etc.
  • Beautiful campus environment that features our MSUB Mile walking path

Duties and Responsibilities UNIVERSITY LAW ENFORCEMENT

  • Deliver crime prevention and personal safety education presentations
  • Conduct criminal and non-criminal investigations
  • Mediate disputes
  • Maintain public order, protect lives and property
  • Respond to criminal behavior and calls in a timely, efficient and professional manner
  • Enforcement of Federal, State and Local laws along with university policies
  • Provide for the safe and convenient flow of pedestrians and motor vehicle traffic in and around our university community
  • Prepare written reports and other documentation as required
  • Present evidence and provide oral testimony in legal proceedings
  • Enforce university parking rules/regulations
  • Provide law enforcement assistance to other agencies
  • Perform other law enforcement duties as assigned


  • Respond to medical, fire and other emergency situations (i.e., alarms, bomb threats, disturbances)
  • Respond to pedestrian and traffic accidents
  • Respond to resistance and aggression appropriately while making arrests
  • Perform other emergency response activities as needed and assigned


  • Conduct routine motor vehicle, bicycle, and foot patrols
  • Assist with security at various university functions (i.e., sporting events, concerts)
  • Conduct building security checks
  • Assist Facilities Services with fire code inspections and fire drills
  • Maintaining/inspecting fire extinguishers and AED’s
  • Locking and unlocking buildings
  • Perform other campus safety/security duties as assigned


  • University Police Officers may be exposed to life-threatening situations and risk of injury during high risk calls for service such as: barricaded subjects, burglaries, bomb threats, gun calls, drug and alcohol overdose, domestic disturbances, fights, and mentally ill persons.
  • Officers respond to emergency medical situations, which may put them at risk for contact with blood borne pathogens.
  • Officers may also be exposed to dangers involving hazardous materials and fires.
  • University Police Officers are required to work in a variety of weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold.
  • University Police Officers are required to work 12 hour, rotating shifts. Shifts cover a 24-hour period, 365 days a year, including holidays
  • University Police Officers often work alone
  • University Police Officers’ work often involves walking, running, pursuing fleeing subjects on foot, climbing stairs, and physically restraining and handcuffing persons who may be resisting or combative.
  • Possession of a valid and insurable Montana driver’s license
  • Maintain annual firearms and CEW/Taser qualification
  • Maintain CPR, First Aid, Narcan, and AED certification

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge &

EDUCATION REQUIRED: High School Diploma or GED


  • Successfully completed Montana Law Enforcement Academy Basic Police Officer Training or EQ Challenge

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills


  • Bachelor’s degree


  • Has obtained Montana Public Safety Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certification as a Peace Officer.

The Successful Candidate Will QUALITIES

  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle safely under various conditions and circumstances
  • Ability to evaluate situations and use good judgement
  • Ability to use discretion commensurate with lawful authority (i.e., search and seizure)
  • Ability to interact professionally with a diverse campus community
  • Conduct oneself both on and off duty with the highest degree of integrity and honesty Excellent decision-making skills in high-stress and urgent situations
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Knowledge of State of Montana criminal law, traffic law, and Rules of Criminal
  • Procedure through Montana Code Annotated
  • Knowledge of Municipal codes and university policies/procedures
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws
  • Knowledge of University Police Department policies/procedures (i.e., Use of Force)
  • Knowledge of fire safety codes
  • Knowledge of university parking rules/regulations
  • Knowledge of University geography
  • Knowledge of other law enforcement agencies operating in/around Yellowstone County (i.e., Billings Police, Yellowstone County Sheriff, Highway Patrol, F.B.I./A.T.F. Proficiency with firearms (handgun and rifle)
  • Active shooter training

Special Requirements

Physical Demands Must be able to pass a D.O.T. physical, drug screen, psychological testing for fitness for duty as a police officer, and have other physical characteristics (vision, hearing, etc…) commensurate with the ability to perform the job of a police officer.

This position has supervisory No

Posting Detail Information

Announcement Number S00775P

Number of Vacancies 1.0

Close Date 06/09/2023

Open until filled Yes

Special Instructions Summary

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Diversity Statement Montana State University Billings is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University Billings makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. In compliance with the Montana
Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU Billings provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference or request accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office,
Montana State University Billings, 1500 University Drive, Billings, MT 59101-0298, 406- 657-2278

MSU Billings Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Billings Website:

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

1. Resume (or CV)
2. Cover Letter
3. List of References (3 or more)

Optional Documents


Posting Specific Questions

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Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $23.80 per hour



  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance




  • 12 hour shift


Work Location: One location