Campus Police Officer/School Resource Officer @ Washburn Rural Middle School

  • 5620 SW 61st St, Topeka, KS 66619, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437 is a district consisting of 128 square miles of suburban and rural areas in southwest Topeka and Shawnee county. Presently, we have 13 total attendance centers — one early childhood center, seven elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and two alternative learning centers.

Our schools reflect the commitment to excellence within our community. Above all, we strive for every student to succeed. If academic achievement and student body growth are indicators of success, we are reaching our goal. We consistently rank among the leaders in a variety of test scores including the ACT and SAT, as well as in National Merit Scholarships.

Job Description

TITLE: Campus Police Officer - Middle School Campus

REPORTS TO: Chief of School Police

SUMMARY:

The Campus Police Officer/School Resource Officer supports and facilitates the educational process within the Auburn-Washburn USD 437 School District by providing a safe and secure environment through building and establishing meaningful relationships with students and staff. The Officer also proactively interacts with the school community to ensure the enforcement of state laws, preservation of public order, protection of life and the prevention, detection, or investigation of crime.  The Officer will work effectively with students, parents, school personnel and community agencies to support teaching and learning in the schools. The Officer will patrol district property to protect students, staff and visitors from physical harm and prevent loss to district property resulting from criminal activity.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  

·         Must be able to work flexible hours, evenings and staggered shifts, holidays and weekends and/or in emergency situations and to direct traffic/pedestrians crossing busy streets around schools or on school grounds when necessary; ability to investigate suspicious circumstances, persons, vehicles, etc. 

·         Required to work overtime including evenings, weekends and athletic events as assigned by the Chief to provide maximum security coverage; must be able to work in inclement weather and able to walk, run, climb, crawl or sit for extended periods of time.

·         Must be able to demonstrate the ability to apply critical thinking skills in rendering solutions to various issues that arise in the schools; must be able to effectively communicate with both public and school personnel; extensive communications (verbal and written) with students, staff and internal/external stakeholders is required; will be responsible for managing behavior of victims, witnesses and others when handling or responding to incidents; requires the use of sound judgment; ability to work with youth and adults; ability to teach mini-courses to youth and adults.

·         Required proficiency in Microsoft Office suite programs, Google programs and Gmail, and other office equipment such as incident reporting software, fax, copiers, and scanners.

·         Comply with safety procedures to reduce the potential for personal injury or damage to district equipment.

·         Knowledge of Kansas Criminal and Traffic Code, State Statutes and County Ordinances, Criminal Procedures, Juvenile Law and court proceedings.

·         Must not have any open internal affairs investigations or C.P.O.S.T. investigations. Must pass criminal history and background investigation, psychological and agility test.  

·         Patrol district property for suspicious activity, unauthorized persons on campus, or unauthorized entry during and after hours.

·         Provide in-service training to help staff be better prepared to deal with security –related matters and serve as a wrap-around services team member to support student success.

·         Work closely with the principal and staff of the school to foster a better understanding of the law enforcement function to maintain a secure learning environment.  Proactively work with the school’s leadership team and collaborate with school’s administrative team on emergency operations procedures.

·         Serve as a visible and active law enforcement officer on campus dealing with law-related areas such as drugs, traffic, trespassing, fighting, and thefts. Enforce campus rules and regulations.

·         Conduct routine patrols of assigned facilities to include buildings, parking lots and district owned, leased, or rented property; Operate district equipment to include alarm systems, surveillance equipment, and patrol units when necessary. 

·         Take law enforcement action to protect against unwanted intruders. Identify and prevent (through counseling and referral) delinquent behavior, including substance abuse. Make arrests when necessary in accordance with state law.

·         Work collaboratively with public safety agencies to serve as a liaison between school and community to deter criminal and delinquent behavior.  

·         Conduct courses and workshops for students, staff and parents to promote social awareness, relationship skills, self-management, self-awareness and responsible decision making.  

·         Coordinate security for crowd and vehicle control at extra-curricular activities and special events. Monitor and instruct students, visitors, and district personnel on proper and lawful campus or facility behavior. Help to define and maintain a respectful code of conduct.

·         Assist other law enforcement agencies with incidents involving local criminal activity that may impact the safety of the environment for students and staff. Serve as the initial first responder and school safety coordinator for campus emergencies.

·         Respond to calls on crimes against person or property in progress, report crimes that have already occurred, and intrusion/fire alarms; perform preliminary investigation at the scene (e.g. gather and preserve evidence, take statements). Prepare written reports, maintain daily logs, and obtain and serve arrest and search warrants as necessary; testify in court as required.

·         Subdue offenders and criminals by using the minimum amount of force needed to protect the officer and other persons.

·         Provide classroom presentations on crime prevention and fundamental concepts and structure of the law. Teach law related education, de-escalation techniques, and conflict resolution to students and staff. Make yourself available to students and staff as needed in the role of an informal counselor.

·         Provide instructions and directions to others as it pertains to law enforcement matters and emergency situations. 

·         Conduct security building assessments for schools; guard, check and secure doors, rooms, buildings and equipment. 

·         Operate a two-way radio and qualify with a department issued firearm.

·         Provide executive protection; provide transportation to and from pre-designated places for Board Members and District Administrators.

·         Contribute to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

·         Perform other duties as assigned by appropriate supervisory personnel and school administrators.

·         Regular, in person, attendance and punctuality are required.

TERM OF EMPLOYMENT: 8 hours/day, 12 months/year (benefits-eligible)

SALARY: $18.00/hour

EVALUATION: Performance of this job will be evaluated by the Chief of Police.

Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS:

·         High School Diploma or equivalency required

·         Bachelor’s degree preferred

·         Certification/License: Valid driver’s license is required. Kansas Peace Officer Full Time certification required; Advanced Certifications (Instructor, Drug Identification, NASRO certifications etc.) a plus.

·         Work Experience: A minimum of 3 – 5 years of work experience in law enforcement in a traditional law enforcement agency or school environment required. Ability to work with youth and adults in the school setting.  

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

·         Ability to walk, run, climb crawl or sit for extended periods of time. 

·         Work in inclement weather. 

·         Overtime work including evenings, weekends and athletic events as assigned by the Chief to provide maximum security coverage is required. 

·         Incumbent may spend extended periods of time patrolling and investigating crimes on District property, both in automobiles and on foot. 

·         Incumbent may be required to physically restrain parties involved in a conflict. In extreme cases, incumbent may be exposed to violent and/or armed confrontations.

·         This position may involve routine exposure to blood or body fluids.

Additional Information

Auburn-Washburn USD 437 provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Auburn-Washburn USD 437 complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

 

Auburn-Washburn USD 437 expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Auburn-Washburn USD 437’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.