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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 385E
Category: Protective Services


Perform general duty security work to protect life and property; enforce laws and ordinances, maintain order, and prevent and investigate crime.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Positions allocated to this class have responsibility for enforcing campus regulations and local, state, and federal laws. Incumbents may be required to successfully complete a law enforcement course approved by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

Typical Work

Patrol a designated area on foot or in a patrol car to enforce institution rules and regulations, local, state, and federal statutes and ordinances;

Inspect buildings and grounds for prowlers, fire, property damage, or other irregularities;

Direct and regulate traffic, investigate accidents or crimes; administer first aid; issue citations for violations; gather evidence; locate witnesses; appear in court as required;

Operate department communication equipment; answer telephone inquiries; receive reports of criminal activity; dispatch foot and mobile units; operate paging system; monitor alarm systems; prepare, type, and distribute reports;

Maintain surveillance of an area suspect for criminal activity;

Assist city or county police and state patrol in cases of emergency;

Perform related duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: rules governing access to buildings and grounds; rules of behavior; general safety precautions and fire hazards; methods and procedures in dealing with clients, visitors, staff; methods and procedures for searching for escapees and violators; fire fighting equipment and fire prevention methods; first aid; report preparation and writing; verbal communication skills; observation skills; law enforcement basics; investigation procedures; electronic security systems.

Ability to: learn rules and enforce them; follow written and oral instructions; meet emergencies and employ effective courses of action; write reports; investigate incidents and obtain pertinent information; observe and detect suspicious situations; communicate with staff, residents and general public; apply first aid; operate electronic security equipment; use fire fighting equipment.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

High School graduation or equivalent; possession of a valid driver's license; no previous felony convictions; AND two years of full-time college in police science or allied field;


Two years of police or campus security experience.

Class Specification History

New class adopted January 3, 1973.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted April 20, 1978.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 2638), general revision; adopted May 10, 2007 effective July 1, 2007.