Armed Public Safety Officer - Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut

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Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut 06518-1908

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Quinnnipiac University invites applications for the position of Armed Public Safety Officer.  Under the direction of the Assistant Chief of Public Safety, reporting directly to an assigned Public Safety Sergeant, the Armed Public Safety Officer shall provide a safe and secure environment for faculty, staff, students and guests of the University while protecting the assets of the University. 

Position is for the evening shift (2:45 to 11:15 p.m.).

Quinnipiac University is a thriving private university with 6,500 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students, located in Hamden, Connecticut, approximately 90 minutes from New York City and two hours from Boston. Consistently ranked among the best universities by U.S. News & World Report and recently named one of the 2013 Great Colleges to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Quinnipiac offers 58 undergraduate majors and 20 graduate and professional programs, including those leading to degrees in both law and medicine. At the core of Quinnipiac is its commitment to teaching and collaboration. Quinnipiac fosters partnerships among students and with faculty; it is a spirited, welcoming campus.


Essential Responsibilities:

  1. Patrol
  2. Campus Services
  3. Residential Life/Student Affairs
  4. Parking Enforcement
  5. Administrative

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Patrol
    1. Armed First responder, conduct security patrols of all Quinnipiac properties 24/7 hours a day, year-round. A vehicle may be assigned, depending on the patrol area assigned. Otherwise areas are patrolled by foot or bicycle (if available).
    2. First responder to all emergencies on campus to protect life and property.
    3. First responder to all emergencies off campus with the Hamden Police Department.
    4. Conduct preventive patrols and routine security checks of all off campus building and structures.
    5. Look for possible criminal activity, persons needing assistance as well as maintenance issues. Report any maintenance issues to the Facilities Department.
    6. Detain persons who commit offenses in the presence of a Public Safety Officer and turn custody over to the Hamden Police Department.
    7. Respond to all emergencies on campus and request additional response if needed.
    8. Armed Public Safety Officers shall be responsible for the all Criminal Investigation complaints and reports.
  • Campus Services
    1. Secure (arm/disarm) alarms most administrative and academic buildings on a set schedule throughout the week.
    2. Secure and unlock buildings upon request by faculty, staff and facility personnel.
    3. Ensure that any hazard a problem may pose is made as safe as possible including attempting to remedy the problem entirely.
    4. Serve as emergency notifying agency for Facilities related issues after business hours.
    5. Work with responding personnel (Hamden Police, Fire Department, Utilities, EMT's, Paramedics) in handling medical emergencies on campus.
    6. Provide delivery service for sensitive items/materials such as paychecks and other important materials.
    7. Provide jumpstarts and lock out assistance to the Quinnipiac Community, Provide escorts services to QU students upon request.
    8. Set up barricades and other traffic controls to assist various Facilities projects and arrange for the towing of vehicles out of restricted areas.
    9. Perform any other duty as directed by Chief of Public Safety.
  • Residential Life/Student Affairs
    1. Respond to all reported disturbances, emergencies, and suspicious circumstances in the residence halls and report findings when necessary.
    2. Assist RHD staff in handling uncooperative or confrontational residents, and non-affiliates in the residence halls.
    3. Perform room searches upon request of RHD staff and authorized by a supervisor.
  • Parking Enforcement
    1. Enforce all parking regulations in all campus parking lots.
    2. Patrol the parking areas during the enforcement hours.
    3. Issue citations to vehicles found in violation of the parking regulations.
    4. Arrange towing of vehicles when the offence warrants.
  • Administrative
    1. Document in a report any affiliates found disturbing the campus or committing minor criminal offenses or violating campus regulations. When appropriate, forward this report to Hamden Police, and the office of Student Affairs.
    2. Complete all required reports and associated paperwork in a timely, accurate, and complete fashion.
    3. Comply and enforce administrative policies and procedures.

Qualifications & Special Instructions to Applicants

Mandatory Qualifications:

The Department of Public Safety has adopted the standards set forth in Connecticut Public Act. 13-188. Armed Public Safety Officers employed by Quinnipiac University must possess the qualifications set forth in this act.


  • The Armed Public Safety Officer shall be a retired member of an organized local, state or federal government agency as a law enforcement officer, defined by section 53a-3 of the general statute, 18 USC § 926C - Carrying of concealed firearms by qualified retired law enforcement officers pursuant to the standards of the ConnecticutPublic Act. 13-188.
  • Served as a local, state or federal law enforcement officer for an aggregate of 15 years or more, and separated from such service in good standing.
  • Served as a local, state or federal law enforcement officer for an aggregate of 10 years or more, and separated from such service in good standing, due to a service-connected disability.
  • Current State of Connecticut Pistol Permit and HR-218 Pistol Permit.
  • Connecticut State Police Approved Armed Security Guard Firearms Permit (Blue Card).
  • Basic computer skills required.
  • Candidate must pass extensive background investigation including check for criminal history.
  • Candidate must pass physical exam and drug test.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Excellent interpersonal and human relation skills required.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment and common sense appropriate to the related circumstances.
  • Ability to understand and carry out verbal and written instructions and prepare accurate and clear information for comprehensive report preparation.
  • Ability to deal with diverse groups of people.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of job related information.
  • Ability and willingness to work rotating shifts covering all days of the week and all hours of the day including weekends and holidays.

 Mandatory Documentation Requirements:

  • A letter or certificate stating that you are a graduate of an approved Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) and/or State Police Academy.
  • A letter of recommendation from your previous Police Chief indicating that you served as a local, state or federal law enforcement officer for an aggregate of 15 years or more, and separated from such service in good standing.
  • A letter of recommendation from your previous Police Chief indicating that you served as a local, state or federal law enforcement officer for an aggregate of 10 years or more, andseparated from such service in good standing, due to a service-connected disability.
  • Current State of Connecticut Pistol Permit and HR-218 Pistol Permit.
  • Connecticut State Police Approved Armed Security Guard Firearms Permit (Blue Card).
  • Valid Connecticut driver's license.
  • DMV driving record history.

Physical Requirements:

  •  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to have full range of mobility in upper and lower body and be able to reach overhead. Be able to work in various positions, including but not limited to, stooping, standing, bending over, sitting, kneeling, and squatting for extended periods of time. Be able to lift, pull and push materials and equipment to complete the assigned job task. Be able to lift and/or move 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up top 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time for a period of time.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision such as the ability to read handwritten or typed material, and the ability to adjust focus. This position requires the individual to meet multiple demands from several people and interact with the public and other staff.

 Other Preferred Qualifications:

  •  An Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice, Business or any other related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

 Communication Skills:

  • Public speaking and policy development experience. Demonstrated experience in employee performance management and staff development. Proven ability in program and project development and implementation. Ability to effect organizational change and improvement.

  Reasoning Skills:

  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills.

  Computer Skills:

  • Advanced computer knowledge within area of responsibility. Frequent use equipment utilized by The University Department of Public Safety, Desk Top and Lap Top Computers and multi-line telephone.  


Quinnipiac University is only considering applicants who have valid authorization to work in the U.S., in this position, for the University. Quinnipiac University does not sponsor employment-based visas for this position.  


Applications must be submitted electronically and should include a resume and a thoughtful cover letter describing your interest in the position, and explaining how your background and experience qualify you for this position.  The names and contact information for three professional references must be included on the application.  Please indicate which shift you are interested in, in your cover letter.

NOTE: the hiring process for this position includes: in-person interview, criminal background check, reference check, drug testing and a physical pre-screening.

Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity throughout the University community. We welcome candidates who would enhance that diversity. Quinnipiac offers a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefit program.

Job Code:  2015-1723

Keyword Phrases

  • Public Safety
  • Armed Public Safety Officer
  • Diversity
  • physician assistant
  • health sciences
  • Campus Safety and Police
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Associate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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