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Montana State University Police Officer Commissioned (non-certified) *Updated* in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 23401

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Kristine Mashaw

(406) 994-5428

Classification Title Police Officer Commissioned - MSU/UM

Working Title Police Officer Commissioned (non-certified) Updated

Brief Position Overview

A Police Officer Commissioned (non-certified) is a police officer candidate who does not currently hold a Montana, or an out-of-state equivalent, POST certificate. The successful candidate will attend the Montana Law Enforcement Academy Law Enforcement Officer Basic Course in Helena, MT, for three months.

Montana State University police officers provide a safe and secure environment for living and learning on the MSU Campus. MSUPD officers are responsible for protecting lives and property through proactive patrols and response to all crimes, emergencies and related calls for service within the University Police jurisdiction. MSUPD officers provide law enforcement skills to prevent and investigate violations of the law, University rules, and regulations, under the direction of a police sergeant.

Position Number 4M0287

Department University Police

Division Administration

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation FOCUS-MFPE

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary $29.529991- $34.311101 per hour, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type Classified Salary

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The mission of the University Police is to provide the students, employees and visitors at Montana State University-Bozeman with a safe and secure environment for living and learning. It is the responsibility of every member of the department to consistently seek and find ways to affirmatively promote preserve and deliver security, safety and quality services to members of our community.

Duties and Responsibilities

Conduct vehicle patrol operations, including:

  • Safely and legally operate a police vehicle and equipment; such as, radar, mobile data terminal, in-car camera, records management system, etc.

  • Detect and take enforcement action on observed violations of the law.

  • Conduct traffic accident investigations.

  • Conduct DUI investigations and maintain required certifications.

  • Conduct foot, bike, or alternate means of patrol that include: detecting, deterring and investigating criminal activities; identifying un-secure buildings, MSU policy violations, and parking violations.

  • Detect and deter crime and apprehend those who violate State, local, and Federal laws; and University policies.

  • Write a comprehensive report that clearly articulates relevant facts and supports the elements of the criminal offense.

  • Demonstrate proficiency with computer skills including, windows based computer software skills and a records management system.

  • Interview victims, suspects, and witnesses to obtain information necessary to determine facts and circumstances of incident.

  • Preserve crime scene, collect and photograph evidence, and properly secure evidence maintaining chain of custody.

  • Respond to fire and medical emergencies and provide assistance as required.

  • Participate in crime prevention programs to include Adopt-A-Cop.

  • Conduct crime and safety awareness presentations.

  • Provide and maintain the ability to provide credible testimony in a court of law.

    List any secondary duties assigned to this position:

  • Participate in special duty assignments; such as, various training, administrative writing assignments, and statistical analysis and research projects.

  • Provide police services during special events; such as, sporting events, concerts, etc., on a regular and overtime basis.

  • Maintain training requirements and certifications, as mandated by law and as directed by the Chief of Police.

  • Other duties as assigned.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Meet peace officer education and certification standards as set forth by the Montana Code annotated 7-32-303 ( .

  • Ability to successfully complete the Montana Law Enforcement Academy Basic Police Officer course and obtain a Montana POST certification within one year.

  • Process effective written and verbal communication skills.

  • Proficiency operating computer programs; such as, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.

  • Experience with articulating facts and conveying the information with a high degree of accuracy.

  • Experience participating in group presentations to convey information.

  • Experience following progressive steps in order to reach a logical conclusion.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Experience working or interacting on a college campus.

  • Experience researching and acquiring information to effectively create a compelling point-of-view.

  • Knowledge and experience with the use of firearms.

  • Experience participating in community service programs and/or events.

  • Experience making good decisions under stressful and/or emergency situations.

  • Experience working and interacting within a diverse culture.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Communicate effectively with employees and the public in-person and over the phone.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers and the public.

  • Represent the University Police Department and its services to others in a professional and courteous manner.

  • Have the ability to effectively respond quickly to emergency situations.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

  • Serves as a Campus Security Authority as defined by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Public Safety Policy ( and Crime Statistics ( .

  • Must complete a one-year probationary period as well as pass an approved medical evaluation, psychological test, and drug screening.

  • Must pass an in-depth police background investigation.

  • Must possess, or be able to obtain within six months, a valid Montana driver license and have an acceptable driver record (less than 12 points in accordance with Administrative Rules of Montana 2.6.205 located at

  • Must be willing to work days, nights, weekends, and holidays on a rotational basis.

  • Must be willing to respond immediately respond to emergency situations 24 hours/7days a week/365 days a year.

  • Must be willing to work overtime.

  • Must be willing to work special events involving a large number of people.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to pass a Department of Transportation physical.

  • Position may require exposure to extreme temperature, noise, heights, or hazardous materials.

  • Must be able to qualify and maintain annual certification with various duty weapons.

  • Must be physically fit and able to perform foot patrol, bike patrol, and respond quickly to emergency situations.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed in this description are representative of the physical demands required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon a successful search

Position End Date (if temporary)

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Close Date

Applications will be:

Review of applications will be on a continual basis and will continue until the position is filled.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: