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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 387E
Category: Protective Services


Perform general duty police 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 are required to obtain certification or complete a basic law enforcement course as approved by the Washington Law Enforcement Officer's Training Commission. Incumbents have arrest powers and are required to be commissioned law officers under the regulations of the state.

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, present evidence, and testify against persons accused of crime;

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;

Prevent or disperse illegal gatherings or demonstrations; maintain surveillance of an area suspect for criminal activity;

Issue misdemeanor citations; investigate, arrest and/or book suspects into applicable detention facilities for misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, and felony offenses;

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

Perform related duties as required.

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; twenty-one years of age; possession of a valid driver's license; no previous felony convictions;


Two years of full-time college in Police Science or allied field;


One year of police or campus security experience. U.S. Citizenship may be required.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Examination Requirements:

• The examination (including written, E & T and oral components) will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's experience involving public contact, ability to drive safely, ability to follow written and oral instructions, training, physical and personal qualifications related to the ability to perform the duties of a Campus Police Officer. Credit will be given for knowledge of laws and ordinances, police procedures and practices, investigation and arrest procedures and first aid.

Class Specification History

New Class: 1-3-73
Revise Minimum Qualifications: 7-19-74
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
Revised new class code: (formerly 2626) effective July 1, 2007