Public Safety Officer

Chemeketa Community College   Salem, OR   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
Posted on February 1, 2024
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Public Safety Officer


Chemeketa Community College is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Public Safety Officer. Successful candidates will be trained to perform daily uniformed patrols of college campuses, providing safety and assistance to students, staff, and visitors. Chemeketa Community College Public Safety Department is a Customer Service oriented team of compassionate and dedicated professionals committed to the safety of everyone on campus. The position requires successful completion of the DPSST certification process and working varying hours, to include weekends and holidays. The Public Safety Department seeks continuing education and training in applicable career field development, making it a rewarding workplace to pursue a career in Public Safety Services.

Chemeketa is a proud Hispanic-Serving Institution that aspires to be an inclusive environment where we honor and value the unique contributions of our diverse students, employees, and community. We seek to foster cultural competence and pursue equitable solutions that support all students in achieving their educational goals. If you are interested in joining the work of the college to pursue a supportive and inclusive culture, we encourage you to apply.

When applying for this position, please attach the electronic documents listed below. Failure to do so will result in your application being rejected as an incomplete application. Any documents you provide that are not listed will not been seen by the Search Committee.

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Unofficial Transcripts - An electronic copy of your academic transcript(s) from an accredited institution which clearly indicate the degree awarded, and any other applicable information, must be attached with your application if you would like it considered as part of your eligibility for the position. Any applicants who earned academic credentials from outside of the United States and wish to use those credits for consideration must also upload an evaluation of college credit earned at the non-U.S. institution.


Campus Safety

  • Patrols campus buildings and grounds by foot or by vehicle to ensure proper and lawful conduct of students, staff, and visitors
  • Works inside and outside in extreme weather conditions; including driving a patrol vehicle in inclement and/or hazardous weather conditions
  • Conducts investigations of incidents occurring on college property which includes collecting evidence, interviewing/interrogating suspects, witnesses, and victims
  • Ensures appropriate disposition of incidents; prepares accurate, grammatically correct and complete incident/investigative reports as investigating officer and testifies in court appearances as necessary
  • Enforces federal, state, and local laws, including the Oregon Criminal Code, Oregon Traffic Code, college motor vehicle code, and college policies; determines and takes appropriate action which may include inquiries, warnings, issuing citations, detaining and/or effecting arrests (using appropriate search and seizure procedures,) and/or contacting other law enforcement agencies; testifies in court as necessary
  • Performs security and safety checks of college grounds and facilities to ensure a safe and healthy environment
  • Assists other local law enforcement agencies as necessary; coordinates incident/crime reports; assists agencies with off-campus incidents as requested and approved
  • Provides information and assistance to students, staff, faculty, and the general public; delivers emergency messages to students, staff, and faculty; provides motorist assistance and other appropriate courtesy services to the general public
  • Provides general public safety office support as required
  • Maintains knowledge and proficiency in Officer Safety Training procedures and the proper operation of vehicle and emergency equipment
  • Responsible for properly maintaining the patrol vehicle and its assigned emergency equipment
  • Accurately completes daily activity logs and other required documentation
  • Provides safety escort to staff and students as requested
  • Carries a college designated phone, answer and field calls and provide dispatch related services
  • Provides Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) upon successfully completing the probationary period

Emergency Response

  • Responds to fire, medical, and other emergencies and provides crisis intervention in conflict or emergency situations; prioritizes calls, evaluates circumstances and determines appropriate course of action (including the use of emergency equipment and chemical and impact weapons), coordinates internal and external responses, secures hazardous areas, performs as an emergency first responder and assists emergency medical technicians
  • Prioritizes calls, evaluates circumstances and determines appropriate course of action (including the use of emergency equipment and chemical and impact weapons)
  • Identifies safety hazards and provides first response to hazardous chemical releases
  • Secures and provides authorized access to college facilities during hours of operation and when college is closed
  • Takes appropriate action in response to intrusion and panic alarms

Other Functions

  • May be assigned to specialized tasks or assignments as part of their regular job duties and expectations

Institutional Expectations

  • Embraces diversity and actively collaborates effectively with a variety of students, staff and the public from diverse cultural, social, economic and educational backgrounds
  • Participates in recruitment and retention of students at an individual and institutional level in promotion of student success
  • Embraces, understands and uses appropriate technology tools to accomplish job functions
  • Provides high quality, effective service to internal and external customers through continuous improvement and adoption of lean office practices


Your application will be scored based on the minimum qualifications, core competencies, and preferred qualifications listed below. If you are unsure whether you meet all of the qualifications , we encourage you to apply and address through your application materials all of the relevant education, transferable skills, and related experience that makes you a great candidate for this position. The information provided on your application will be used to determine step placement upon hire. Please ensure you include all information on your application which you wish to be considered.

Minimum Qualifications:

High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.)
Valid Oregon Driver’s license with a minimum of two years driving experience
Two years of experience in criminal justice field or related field

Core Competencies:

Knowledge of:

  • Law enforcement principles and procedures
  • Applicable laws, rules and regulations
  • Defensive tactics
  • First aid principles
  • Standard English and basic math

Skills in:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Writing clear and concise documents
  • Independently analyzing situations and identifying appropriate action
  • Using physical force to intercede when necessary
  • Utilizing required safety and emergency equipment
  • Using physical force to intercede when necessary
  • Utilizing required safety and emergency equipment
  • Following guidelines outlined in Public Safety Duty Manual
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Bicultural/multicultural skills sufficient to select appropriate behaviors, values and attitudes within different cultures during interactions with others

Ability to:

  • Adapt to change easily
  • Ability to work under high stress situations and maintain a calm demeanor
  • Exercise tact, patience and discretion in communicating and dealing with persons with a variety of ethnic, social, or educational backgrounds
  • Use computer systems for data entry and tracking functions
  • Work independently and as a member of a highly productive team

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary course work
  • Two years’ experience in related field
  • Keyboarding skills
  • Familiarity with computers and word processing and data base software
  • Current CORE/LERE student or graduate from LERE/CORE Class
  • Bilingual English/Spanish


To be considered for this position, a complete online application is required. For complete information on this and other job opportunities, please visit our web site at

This position is not eligible for remote/hybrid work.


  • This is a 100%, 12-month classified assignment of the B2 band and grade
  • Please note:The college is currently undertaking a comprehensive classification and compensation study. No employee will lose base pay because of this study, however, classification titles and pay grades may change. The successful candidate will receive notice of all changes prior to implementation which is currently projected for the Summer of 2024.
  • This position has a 6-month probationary period
  • Requires flexible work schedule to meet program needs, which may include evenings and/or weekends
  • Must pass the Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT) within the State certified allotted time within 90 days of hire.
  • Requires reporting to work during inclement weather conditions or any other conditions that might require a campus closure.
  • Upon hire must successfully complete a physical agility test and psychological assessment.
  • Must have and maintain a current, valid Oregon Driver’s license with a minimum of two years driving experience
  • Must have a valid first aid CPR/AED certifications or the ability to obtain within 90 days of hire.
  • Must hold a certification as an unarmed private security provider from Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) or be able to obtain that certification within 90 days of hire.
  • If requested, requires the provision of official transcripts upon hire
  • Employees must maintain Oregon, Washington or Idaho residency as a condition of employment.
  • Successful applicants for designated positions must successfully pass a background inquiry, which may include criminal, driving, credit and full background checks. Only information relevant to the position will be considered. An individual with negative information on their background inquiry will not necessarily be denied employment. 
  • Providing false information will result in rejection of an application, employment offer or dismissal


Heavy Work: Exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Ability to perform a combination of physical tasks on a variety of terrain (including standing, walking, running, bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling, twisting body, pushing, pulling, reaching, and gripping) for a minimum of eight hours on an right hour shift. Must possess corrected visual acuity of 20/20 (aided or unaided) in both eyes combined; possess normal color discrimination, binocular coordination, and peripheral vision. Must possess unaided or aided hearing with a hearing threshold that does not exceed 25db in either ear at the frequencies of 500 Hz, and 2000 Hz, and 2000 Hz (or an average of both ears of 25db for frequencies 500, 1000, and 2000) 35db for 3000 Hz, and 45 dB for 4000 Hz.


Applicants are eligible to use Veterans' Preference when applying with Chemeketa Community College in accordance with ORS 408.225, 408.230 and 408.235; and OAR 105-040-0010 and 105-040-0015. Preference will be given only if the applicant meets the minimum criteria of the position and electronically attach the required documentation at the time of application.

For information regarding Veterans' Preference qualifications, visit


  • One of the following:
    • MEMBER COPY 4 of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215) -OR-
    • Letter from the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service connected pension -OR-
    • Certification that discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions will take place not later than 120 days after the submission of the certificate
  • In addition to one of the above documents, Disabled Veterans must also submit one of the following:
    • A copy of their Veterans disability preference letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs -OR-
    • Certification that medical separation from active duty under honorable conditions will take place not later than 120 days after the submission of the certificate.

You can request copies of your military service record through the National Archives website at 

*Please Note: As part of the first round of screening, the committee will conduct an anonymous review of the application materials and will not be able to view any personally identifiable information. Please be sure that your application is complete and thoroughly depicts how you meet the minimum qualifications, core competencies and preferred qualifications. Required documents must be provided at the time of application. Any applications which do not have the required documents attached will be considered incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Chemeketa makes employment decisions based solely on the candidate's demonstrated competencies as related to successful performance in the position.


Chemeketa Community College is considered a qualifying public employer for the purposes of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, full-time employees working at the College may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance on Direct Loans after 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan. Questions regarding your loan eligibility should be directed to your loan servicer or to the US Department of Education.


Chemeketa Community College prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the following:

Race, Color, Religion, National Origin, Sex, Marital Status, Disability, Protected Veteran Status, Age, Gender, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Pregnancy, Whistleblowing, Genetic Information, Domestic Abuse Victim, Expunged Juvenile Record, Injured Workers, Protected Hairstyle (CROWN Act), Political Affiliation or Belief, Tobacco Use During Work Hours, Victims of Domestic Violence (Sexual Assault, Stalking, and/or Harassment)

Or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law in any area, activity or operation of the College. The College also prohibits retaliation against an individual for engaging in activity protected under this policy, and interfering with rights or privileges granted under federal, state or local laws.

Under College policies, equal opportunity for employment, admission, and participation in the College’s programs, services, and activities will be extended to all persons, and the College will promote equal opportunity and treatment through application of its policies and other College efforts designed for that purpose. All persons having questions or concerns related to Equal Employment Opportunity or Affirmative Action should contact the Affirmative Action Officer at 503.399.2537, 4000 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem OR 97305.

Persons having questions or concerns about Title IX, which includes gender based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, interpersonal violence, and stalking, contact the Title IX coordinator at 503-584-7323, 4000 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, OR 97305, or Individuals may also contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), 810 3rd Avenue #750, Seattle, WA 98104, 206.607.1600. To request this publication in an alternative format, please call 503.399.5192.