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Police Officer

Job Summary

Under general direction, the incumbent performs police duties in enforcing federal, state and local laws and ordinances on an assigned shift; performs related duties as required.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Patrols the University on foot and in cruiser on regularly assigned shift, enforcing federal, state and local laws and ordinances.
  • Responds to all calls received on shift, takes proper action and prepares accurate reports.
  • Issues court citations for traffic violations; appears in court when necessary; makes arrests.
  • Serves legal documents for the courts.
  • Controls traffic at fires, accidents, parades, etc.
  • May operate intoxilyzer equipment.
  • Secures the scene of crimes and accidents, conducts preliminary investigations, gathers evidence, interviews witnesses, and prepares accurate reports.
  • Performs investigative duties when necessary.
  • Assists in emergency situations; may administer first-aid.
  • Issues parking citations.
  • Operates radar equipment.
  • Participates in approved law enforcement training courses.
  • Recognizes and reports safety hazards and security problems.
  • Inspects buildings, vehicles, etc., for security and identifies all persons in buildings after hours.
  • Investigates fire and other security alarms.
  • Prepares cases for prosecution and testifies in court.
  • Obtains and/or serves warrants or subpoenas.
  • Takes custody of and transports prisoners.
  • Enforces laws of state and city and University rules and regulations.
  • Controls traffic during peak periods or special events.
  • Provides information on laws and University regulations, procedures, and organizations.
  • Attends annual training, as well as special training sessions, in order to remain informed regarding new laws and regulations.
  • Carries a firearm and must qualify semiannually on a prescribed course of fire, demonstrating proficiency using each hand.
  • Drives an emergency vehicle without the benefit of assistance.


  • Provides security for businesses and homes as requested.
  • Provides security and funeral escorts when necessary.
  • May perform specialized duties such as investigator, firearms instructor, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Organizational Relationships

The Police Officer reports to the Shift Supervisor. Incumbent has contact with all levels of the University administration, faculty, staff, students, and the general public. The incumbent will interface with other law enforcement agencies and the court system on a regular basis.

Minimum Requirements

Must be 21 years of age and possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. Must be a graduate of or be able to graduate from the 18-week Kentucky Police Basic Training Program within the first year of employment. Proof of honorable discharge is required for veterans. Officers must be capable of performing patrol by driving, walking, or bicycle, as assigned. Applicants must pass a physical exam, physical agility test, polygraph, drug screen, and psychological evaluation as specified by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council and the Morehead State University Police Department.  Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license issued by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Effective interpersonal and communication skills.  The ability to enforce laws, rules and regulations firmly, tactfully and consistently. The ability to analyze complex police problems and to adapt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action. The ability to maintain records and to prepare clear and concise reports of police activities.  The ability to react quickly, calmly and effectively under stress and in emergencies.

Additional Desirable Qualifications

Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a complex university setting.  Extensive knowledge of the principles of effective police patrol, physical security, traffic control, criminal investigations, and crime prevention.  Ability to command departmental personnel.  The ability to plan, assign, and supervise the work of others in a manner conductive to full performance and high morale.  The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other police departments/agencies, University officers and employees, and the general public.

Working Conditions and Atmosphere

Some job-related stress and periodic highly stressful situations. Typical University setting for law enforcement and security responsibilities. Working conditions include sitting, standing, stooping, walking; extreme physical demands at scenes of emergencies for long periods of time; lifting heavy objects (more than 25 pounds); may be outdoors for extended periods of time, regardless of weather conditions; exposure to high places, confined spaces, noise, machinery and its moving parts, fumes, chemicals and toxic substances. Must be able to physically restrain individuals when required.