Patrol Sergeant, Public Safety - Georgetown University Law Center

Washington D.C.
Jan 25, 2018
Feb 26, 2018
Education, Law
Full Time
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Patrol Sergeant, Public Safety - Georgetown University Law Center

The Patrol Sergeant is a visible Public Safety representative, committed to the preservations of life, health, and property at Georgetown University Law Center. S/he serves as a Watch Commander during tour of duty, working with 4 other Patrol Sergeants on the Campus and is a frontline supervisor for up to 6 officers, 1 communication officer, 2 access controllers, and student guards, as well as contract security guards/shuttle drivers in up to 6 locations on Campus during tour of duty. Reporting to the Director of Public Safety, the Patrol Sergeant has duties that include but are not limited to:


  • Directs all police, traffic, and security matters during tour of duty. 
  • Ensures investigations of all complaints, crimes, accidents, and incidents occurring, reported, or observed on tour of duty are in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Ensures proper and comprehensive reports are prepared and inspects them for complete and required information. 
  • Cautions and apprehends persons behaving contrary to University rules and relevant laws, and directs personnel and vehicle access control systems.


  • Ensures officers, security guards, contract guards, student guards, and other staff on tour of duty are knowledgeable of all current and pertinent orders. 
  • Schedules on-the-job training requirements and functions with the Director or designee.
  • Schedules work assignments, vacations, days-off, training, and other related activities for staff on the tour of duty, subject to approval of superior. 
  • Directs police headquarters activity and ensures proper initiation of reports, records and forms completed during tour of duty. 
  • Participates in decisions on matters of employee welfare, recruitment, hiring, evaluation, performance management, personnel assignments, training, promotion, discipline, and equipment needs. 
  • Protects, maintains, and accounts for all communications equipment, vehicles, and other equipment utilized by personnel on the tour of duty. 

Incident Management

  • Serves as initial Incident Commander on-scene during incidents and emergencies until relieved by superior.
  • Maintains liaison with Metropolitan Police Department, DCFC, other police agencies, and other public safety and first responder agencies.
  • Implements and directs emergency operations plans when authorized and appropriate, and coordinates emergency response and management with responding administrators, official and agencies.
  • Authorizes and sends emergency notifications to the University Community during critical events, in the absence of an on-scene superior.

Community Relations

  • Maintains interrelationship with Law students, faculty, staff, visitors, dignitaries, and neighboring community members to provide assistance and information. 
  • Presents lectures, training, orientation and advice on crime prevention methods, police-related matters, and University Safety to members of the Department of Public Safety, students, faculty, and staff. 
  • Conducts security surveys of University buildings and property in order to ascertain if any security flaws exist and makes appropriate recommendations to alleviate same.


  • High School diploma or certified equivalency
  • At least 5 years of law enforcement experience related to public safety, including supervisory experience (an equivalent combination of experience and the training described below will be considered)
  • Successful completion of training, to the Consortium of Universities Law Enforcement Academy, usually during the probation period or equivalent training and certification from a civilian or military law enforcement academy 
  • Eligibility to obtain, and to maintain, a Special Police Officer Commission by the District of Columbia's Metropolitan Police Department
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver's license with no violations in the last 3 years, and ability to quality for Georgetown University's driver's certification
  • Ability complete all required departmental trainings, to include certification in Arrest Control Tactics, Baton, and OC-based Aerosol Subject Restraint
  • Ability to pass a drug screening test, physical examination by a medical doctor to University specifications, and a psychological evaluation
  • Previous experience in and responsibility for critical incident response and notification procedures, as well as experience and/or training in situations involving sexual assault and discrimination
  • Knowledge of criminal and civil law and of police practices and procedures 
  • Competency in computer programs such as word processing and database
  • Ability to supervise, evaluate, manage, and motivate subordinate staff
  • Possession of tact, a courteous demeanor, and a respect the use of police powers in relation to a University environment
  • Strong communications skills - verbal, written, and interpersonal
  • Availability and willingness to work extended, odd, or off hours to achieve the expectations of the Department - to include rotating tours of duty (day shifts, evening shifts, overnight shifts) with fluctuating days off

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EEO Statement:

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.