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Patrol Officer

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Patrol Officer.

Position Details
Location Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, Mississippi, 39564
United States
Division University Police
Position Type Staff
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded No
Posting Close Date Until Filled

Job Summary 
Performs law enforcement and police department duties involving the protection of life and property through the enforcement of state laws and university rules and regulations.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities  

1. Responsible for performing law enforcement activities; to include but not limited to enforcing federal, state, and local laws and USM rules and regulations.

2. Responds to all emergency calls involving crimes, disturbances, accidents, personal injuries, fires, and natural disasters.

3. Responsible for investigating crimes and violations of USM rules and regulations, accidents, etc.

4. Engages with the community in proactive police activities to prevent crimes, disorder, property loss, accidents, etc.

5. Responsible for providing a wide range of community services involving traffic and crowd control, security at special events, crisis intervention, referrals, escorts, motorist assistance, public information, emergency notification, and medical assistance.

6. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 
High School graduate or equivalent G.E.D.

Valid Mississippi Driver’s License

Mississippi Law Enforcement Certification or graduate of a Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Ability to use a personal computer and associated software, police radio, firearms, investigative equipment and resources, photographic and video equipment, basic office equipment.

Ability to use spreadsheet software and use of video and other software applications.

Basic knowledge and skill within Windows-based computer and software applications, to include Microsoft Office applications, and the ability to use email to send and receive correspondence, proficiency in use of search engines.

Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications  
Associate Degree and/or Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.

Six months to one year of patrol officer experience with a law enforcement agency.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others.  USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.


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