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Colorado State University Police Officer in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title Police Officer

Position Location Fort Collins, CO 80523

Classification Title Police Officer I

Posting Number 202100195P

Position Type State Classified

Open Date 07/21/2021

Close Date 08/02/2021

Salary $5,359 Monthly + Full Benefits

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University ( CSU ) and the State of Colorado are committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time classified employees in the following University benefit areas.

Full/Part Time Full-time

State Classified Hourly No

Overtime Eligible

Description of Work Unit

The Colorado State University Police Department is a full-service law enforcement organization. We are committed to working with all our stakeholders to maintain a safe environment which supports the academic mission of the University, and the health and wellness of the community. Our Department is comprised of law enforcement and civilian professionals who recognize the importance of a guardian-centric approach. In action, this philosophy prioritizes education over enforcement whenever reasonably possible. By collaborating with a variety of campus resources, this wholistic approach places emphasis on student retention and student success, without compromising safety. The CSUPD Operations Division provides a complete range of law enforcement services including 24-hour car/foot/bicycle patrol, community outreach and education, detection and investigation of crimes, make arrests, traffic control, special events management, and crime prevention.

Position Summary

To fulfill our mission and the University’s mission through training, education, community engagement, active patrol of University properties, crime investigation, identification and resolution of safety/security hazards and problems, assistance to students, staff, faculty and visitors, and handling of accidents and emergencies.

The Police Officer should have a demonstrated guardian-centric mindset, including excellent interpersonal skills and strong orientation toward education, collaboration, service, and teamwork. A strong work ethic, the demonstrated ability to be self-directed and use reasoning and resourcefulness to determine the best process/resource available is a necessary skillset. Must be detail-oriented and capable of producing work of the highest quality and accuracy and exhibit an exceptionally high level of personal and professional ethics.

NOTE : Colorado State University Police Department Officers will be issued a take-home vehicle after successful completion of the Field Training Officer program. Vehicles must remain within a 25 mile radius of the CSU campus.

Minimum Qualifications

Current POST certification and one year (full-time, 40 hours/week) of experience as a certified Police Officer with a a POST recognized agency. You must attach your POST certification with your Applicant Documents, upload this information in the “License/Certification” document type.

Must be at least 21 years of age and possess a valid Colorado Driver License

Must have NO:

• Felony convictions

• Domestic violence convictions

• Acquiring more than seven points in the last year and/or more than 12 points within the last two years on a driver’s license.

• Alcohol/drug-related traffic convictions in the last three years and repeat alcohol/drug convictions after the age of 18 within the last ten years.

Note: Positions are subject to a background investigation in accordance with the administrative procedures of the State Personnel Director. Physical and psychological evaluations are required in accordance with section 24-31-303 (5) (b), C.R.S.


Appropriate education in Psychology, Sociology, Communications, Criminal Justice, Social Justice, Military Science or similar studies will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Please note: Official or unofficial transcripts are required to confirm course work and/ or degree for use of the substitution.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following experience & competencies (e.g. knowledge, skills, abilities, and other personal characteristics) which have been outlined as essential to performing successfully in this position:

Completion of an Associate’s or higher level degree from an accredited college or university

Two or more years of law enforcement experience as a POST certified police officer

Ability to verbally communicate with both internal and external constituents in a professional and direct manner while maintaining customer service

Demonstrated attention to detail through diligence and maintaining a high standard for finished work product

Work experience which encompasses roles requiring leadership and the associated characteristics of a strong leader: accountability, integrity, self-motivation, and a desire to lead others by example

Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to establish and build relationships with a diverse range of colleagues and customers

Demonstrated critical thinking skills to make decisions in emergency/harmful situations as well as the use of problem-solving skills as part of daily work responsibilities

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Self-Initiated Activity


Patrol campus property, parking lots, and buildings on foot, by bicycle and vehicle; Identify safety/security hazards and suspicious persons/situations and resolve them, proactively engage in community interactions.

Percentage Of Time 25

Job Duty Category Community Oriented Policing


Provide education and assistance to the community via presentations; offer assistance to students, faculty, staff, visitors, motorists, and others; provide educational seminars and presentations on relevant crime/safety topics. Build positive relationships with campus constituents and community members.

Percentage Of Time 15

Job Duty Category Traffic Related


Traffic safety and special event management are accomplished through vehicle, bicycle, and radar patrol; apprehension of offenders; education, warning. Cite or arrest of offenders; investigation of accidents and complaints; and identification of roadway and vehicle hazards.

Percentage Of Time 20

Job Duty Category Dispatch Initiated Activity


Identify and reduce crime activity and the opportunity for it. Arrest violators and intervene in physical disturbances. Determine and use appropriate level of force when necessary. Investigate crimes and suspicious circumstances/persons. Identify need for security measures or police presence to prevent crime and danger to our public. Interrogate suspects, interview witnesses and victims, collect evidence, photographs, fingerprints, etc.; intervene in domestic and physical disturbances and mental crises; do civil standbys for departments on campus who handle disgruntled students, employees, and customers.

Percentage Of Time 20

Job Duty Category Administrative Duties


Record actions and criminal/improper behavior activity by writing reports, field contact cards, and summons/warrant applications. These permanent records document criminal activity and damage to personal/University facilities and property for use by administrators, prosecutors, judges and the public. These records are used to identify trends in criminal behaviors.

Percentage Of Time 15

Job Duty Category Testimonial Duties


Arrest, cite, warn criminals and policy violators. Testify at trials, Department of Motor Vehicle and disciplinary hearings as needed. Coordinate information/activity with judges, Judicial Affairs, prosecutors and defense attorneys. Testify, in criminal proceedings, trials, etc.

Percentage Of Time 5

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.

  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience. Please note: Part-time experience will be calculated to determine the full-time equivalent.

  • The Work Experience is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.

  • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.

  • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.

  • Positions requiring a degree or if using education as a substitution for work experience (e.g.: Associate or Bachelor’s) transcripts are required in order to verify receipt of the required degree or coursework. If official or unofficial transcripts are not supplied at the time of application, the Application is incomplete.


    When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening.

  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials.

Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.


Appointment to the vacancy or vacancies represented by this announcement is expected to be from the eligible list created. However, at the discretion of the appointing authority, the position(s) may be filled by another method of appointment for a valid articulated business reason.

  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s) and interview(s) which require candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.

  • All status updates for this position will be sent via email from, OR the Employment Consultant facilitating the search process. In addition to your Inbox, remember to check the Deleted and Junk folders for these important communications.

  • Pertinent updates to your Application status can be obtained by logging into your application account at

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Colorado State University

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

Colorado State University is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our Human Resources – Employment Office, at or call (970) 491- MyHR(6947).


  • Please check the Help link online at for assistance on your application or for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

  • All other inquiries should be directed to the Colorado State University Human Resources Office (970) 491- MyHR(6947).

    Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Pre-employment Physical, Pre-employment Drug Testing, Valid Driver’s License - Regular, Essential Services Designation - Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare., Shift Work - Work nights, days, weekends, and holidays-law enforcement., Use of Firearms or Other Weapons - Required per Colorado POST standards, Special Requirements/Other - No Felony Convictions, No Domestic Violence Convictions

    EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity ( is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Employment and Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    • Are you willing and able to submit to a comprehensive pre-employment background check, pre-placement physical, and a pre-placement psychological assessment as a condition of hire?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Are you willing and able to report to work without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare of the campus community?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Are you willing and able to maintain availability for shift work as needed?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Are you willing and able to submit to pre-employment drug testing?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Are you willing and able to use firearms or other weapons per Colorado POST standards?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Are you at least 21 years of age?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Have you ever had a felony conviction and/or a domestic violence charge?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Have you acquired seven or more points on your driver's license in the last year and/or twelve or more points on your driver's license in the last two years?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Have you had an alcohol/drug related traffic conviction in the last 3 years and/or repeated alcohol/drug related traffic convictions after the age of 18 in the last 10 years?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Have you unlawfully used any control substances (cocaine, meth, LSD, etc.) within the past seven (7) years?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Have you used marijuana in the past 9 months?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Explain why you are interested in working for Colorado State University Police Department.

(Open Ended Question)

    • Do you believe there is a difference between campus policing and state/county/city policing? If yes, what are the differences between the two. If no, how are they the same.

(Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

    Optional Documents

  • Unofficial Transcripts

  • Official Transcripts

  • Veteran DD214 Form (Member-4) (For State Classified searches ONLY)

  • Special Required Documentation

  • License/Certification