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Department: Protective Services and Safety Resources

FTE: 1.0

Status:  Term, maternity leave replacement, up to one year with the possibility of extension

Competition No.:  17144-C

Salary Information: $4,327.44 to $5,834.14 per month (Security Services, Phase 5).  The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.** If a qualified candidate cannot be found, the successful candidate will be initially hired at the Phase 4 level (Salary Range$3,517.28 to $4,748.99 per month ) and will be upgraded to Phase 5 upon obtaining the required qualifications.

Primary Purpose: Under supervision of the Platoon Supervisor, the Patrol Member is responsible for proactive and reactive general patrol duties.  Preventing crime, protecting life and property, preserving the peace, enforcing and investigating violations of federal, provincial and municipal law, and engaging in problem solving initiatives is required.

The Platoon Member is required to understand disciplinary processes and provide information to victims or departments when dealing with non-criminal incidents, which require an administrative response.  

Nature of Work: This position reports to the Platoon Supervisor, and takes direction from the supervisor for patrolling and protecting the university, its persons and its assets. Duties of an advanced nature may be delegated to the Platoon Member.

Platoon Members need to show a high level of good judgment and the ability to think quickly to apply departmental policies and procedures in the absence of supervision: Independence is exercised on a daily basis.

The Platoon Member may be required to operate in the role of Incident Commander in the event of an emergency. Advanced platoon members may be asked to operate as Field Training Officers to help instruct new members. Senior platoon members may be invited to act as Corporals and take on some additional supervisory duties.

Above average physical fitness is expected.

Typical Duties:

  • Conducts assigned duties using bike, foot, or vehicle patrols.
  • Responds to crimes-in-progress, traffic accidents, alarms, natural and accidental disasters, emergencies or stressful situations which require police intervention.
  • Will create partnerships with community members by spending time meeting, conversing and understanding their individual needs.
  • Through problem-solving, officers will proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime.
  • Gathers and processes criminal intelligence through field interviews and observation.
  • Assists in departmental function by participating in special projects to leverage each officer’s unique abilities.
  • May be called to lead the platoon in the absence of the Platoon Supervisor.
  • Complies with departmental appearance guidelines; maintains a clean vehicle and clean office space 24/7.
  • Performs routine patrol, attends complaints, performs traffic enforcement, executes warrants, checks suspicious persons, investigates suspicious activities, and obtains and records information relevant to policing duties.
  • Initiates investigations as a result of a complaint, assigned file or observation of activity; applies investigative procedures; e.g., gathers information, interviews witnesses and suspects, takes statements, seizes evidence, requests specialized services and concludes investigations when possible.
  • Enforces federal, provincial and municipal laws; processes arrests, prepares cases, presents evidence in court.
  • Provides qualitative advice and support to victims; assists with administrative investigations and discipline.
  • Promptly completes and submits required reports during the shift the incident occurred unless approval is granted by a supervisor to turn work in later.
  • Performs related duties as required or assigned.

Qualifications
Education and Experience: Post-secondary certificate in a related field (policing, sociology, psychology), or equivalent combination of education and experience (police, law enforcement or security).  

Skills:

  • Be of Good Character (Criminal Records and Vulnerable Sector Check with fingerprints)
  • Capacity to coach, guide and instruct new platoon members in departmental operations.
  • Successfully completed the POPAT or equivalent physical examination.
  • Cognitive interpersonal and communication skills, critical thinking, sound judgement and decision making.
  • Visual and hearing acuity
  • Good listening skills; good command of the English language.
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Highly self-motivated
  • Ability to remain in control, composed and organized under pressure or in high stress situations
  • Ability to multi-task efficiently
  • Someone who enjoys helping others
  • Professionalism and integrity
  • Readiness to accept new challenges
  • Ability to adapt easily to ever evolving technology
  • Ability to work with a team and develop team relationships
  • Ability to articulate clearly on the telephone
  • Ability to handle the flexibility of shift work

This position is in scope of CUPE 1975.

Hiring Process:

  • For the first week, all positions posted are restricted as per the CUPE 1975 Collective Agreement. If no suitable candidates are found, then the positions are open to the public.
  • Applications are reviewed for a combination of post-secondary education in a related field (policing, sociology, psychology) or equivalent combination and experience.
  • Protective Services hiring packages are sent out to successful candidates. To view the hiring package online, please follow this link: http://www.usask.ca/protectiveservices/Files/Protective%20Services%20Application.pdf
  • Applicants must have successfully completed the Peace Officer Physical Abilities Test (POPAT) or equivalent within the past 12 months, and provide a certificate of proof.
    • The POPAT is conducted at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Kinesiology. Applicants must register with the College of Kinesiology Recreation Services. Please print and complete the POPAT waiver form and the medical clearance form signed by a physician before you participate in the physical test. For further information on the POPAT course go to http://recservices.usask.ca/getfit/human-performance-center/police.php
  • Upon receiving proof of completion of the POPAT (or equivalent), applications will be reviewed and selected candidates will participate in a pre-employment interview.
  • Background checks are completed by the Hiring Manager. References are contacted to determine if an applicant's personal history, traits and characteristics are suitable for a career in law enforcement. People contacted for these interviews include present and past employers and colleagues, family members, long-time friends, neighbors and landlords. 
  • Successful candidates will be offered a letter of offer for employment with the department of Protective Services.

Applications will be accepted until filled.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Ian Valentine at 306-966-2667.  

Be sure to apply online as emailed applications will not be accepted.

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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