Police Officer

Santa Fe College

May 11, 2023

Salary: $36,835.00 Annually

Location: Multiple Campuses

Job Type: Full-Time

Division: Office for Advancement

Santa Fe College (SF) has been recognized as one of the top-rated community colleges in the United States. Santa Fe College is a student-centered institution with a commitment to open access, academic excellence, and cultural and ethnic diversity. SF enrolls over 16,000 students each semester, retains and completes over 60% of students every academic year, while over 10% transfer into the University system.


Police Officers preserve the peace, provide general police services, and enforce municipal, county, state, and federal laws, as well as the rules and regulations of Santa Fe College.  This position helps to establish a uniform police presence on campus and is responsible for campus law enforcement to ensure the protection of college personnel, students, property, and equipment.   Police Officers are required to work in all weather conditions, as well as varying hours and shifts both days and nights, with periodic rotations and changes in work schedules, including being available for call back duty as required.Responsibilities and Duties

  • Enforce the law courteously, tactfully, firmly, impartially, and ethically.
  • Patrol assigned areas, assist students, staff, and the public; observe infractions and/or violations, taking appropriate action as necessary.
  • Report unsafe or suspicious incidents, taking appropriate action as necessary.
  • Report unsafe conditions such as obstructions on streets or sidewalks, holes, leaking or faulty utility services, or other unusual conditions that might endanger the public.
  • Respond to dispatch calls for service and investigate problems, disturbances, traffic accidents, crimes, emergencies, and other incidents, including routine calls related to alarms and medical emergency calls; provide assistance and prepare related incident reports.
  • Perform security checks of all buildings and concourses; lock and unlock buildings and classrooms; provide parking and traffic enforcement.
  • Conduct accident and crime investigations and prepare comprehensive, complete reports in clear and accurate detail noting observations and actions taken.
  • Provide security for various events; set up cones, barricades, signage, security lighting, and other tasks necessary for special events.
  • Maintain proper care of patrol vehicles, weapons, and other law enforcement equipment to ensure operational readiness; use and care for firearms in an effective and efficient manner. 
  • Provide safety escort services for members of the SF community and bank deposits as necessary.
  • Educate and counsel students, staff, and visitors on crime prevention techniques and proper safety practices.
  • Prepare and preserve evidence in accordance with directives to maintain chain of custody; provide assistance to other law enforcement agencies as per mutual aid agreements; testify in court providing an accurate account of incidents.
  • Administer first aid as necessary and maintain current first responder certifications at all times.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality and privacy according to College rules and the law.
  • Comply with all published College rules, procedures, guidelines, and laws/regulations governing public employees, including but not limited to those related to document retention and destruction, FERPA, and confidentiality.
  • Provide service excellence through courteous, informed, accessible, and professional engagement.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications (minimum qualifications)

  • High school diploma or equivalent and must be eligible to take the State Officer Certification Examination within the next six months. 

Preferred Qualifications (qualifications the ideal candidate would possess)

  • Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice or relevant field. 
  • Crime prevention and/or community policing experience.

Additional Requirements

  • Applicants must have a valid Florida driver license and be authorized to drive for the College.
  • Successfully pass the background investigation, physical examination, drug testing, and polygraph.
  • Passing score on the State Officer Certification required before beginning employment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Required KSAs (must have to successfully complete job duties)

  • Communication – able to effectively communicate in a professional, diplomatic, empathetic, and tactful manner using preferred method and level as applicable to the job.
  • Team Orientation & Interpersonal – highly motivated team-player with ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with all levels within and external to the organization.
  • Ability to work successfully in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Organization & Time Management – able to plan, schedule, and organize tasks related to the job to achieve goals within or ahead of established time frames.
  • Relationship Management – able to personally provide high level of interactive service to others, building relationships and addressing identified needs.
  • Adaptability to Change – able to be flexible and supportive, able to positively and proactively assimilate change in rapid growth environment.
  • Analytical Aptitude & Problem Solving - able to analyze information, problems, situations, practices and/or procedures, collect and interpret data, reason logically, establish facts, identify and define existing and potential issues, recognize the interrelationships among elements, draw valid conclusions, develop recommendations, as well as alternative courses of action, select appropriate course, follow up and evaluate.
  • Ability to remain calm, exercise good judgement, respond swiftly, effectively, and appropriately to emergency and high stress situations.
  • Ability to expeditiously organize, coordinate, manage, prioritize, and perform multiple tasks simultaneously to swiftly assess a situation, determine a logical course of action, and apply the appropriate response.
  • Results Orientation – proven ability to set and exceed established targets.
  • Systems & Software - proficient level of knowledge of Microsoft Office and/or relevant position software programs.
  • Ethics – able to demonstrate integrity, professionalism, civility, and a high degree of ethics in all job-related actions.

Application Documents Required: Resume
Application Documents Preferred: Transcripts and/or diploma, State Officer Certification Exam certification if already passed, scanned copy of Florida Driver's License

If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.

Santa Fe College (SF) is committed to maintaining a work and educational environment that embraces diversity and where no member of the college community is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subject to discrimination in any college program or activity based on: their race, ethnicity, national origin, color, religion, age, disability, sex, pregnancy status, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, political opinions or affiliations, or veteran status. This commitment applies to employees, volunteers, students, and, to the extent possible, to third parties, applicants for admission, applicants for employment, and the general public. http://www.sfcollege.edu/eaeo/

Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies or concerns about discrimination or harassment, including concerns about sexual harassment or sexual violence under Title IX, should be directed to: equity.officer@sfcollege.edu

Preference will be given to eligible veterans and spouses of veterans.