High School diploma or equivalent, valid driver’s license, valid First Aid/CPR-AED certification, minimum of three years’ work experience in the law enforcement/public safety/emergency response field - preferably in a college/university setting with progressive leadership and responsibility, the ability to work independently, the ability to pass a physical examination, psychological examination, and a criminal history records check, and must be willing to attend PA Act 235 if not already Act 235 certified.
Knowledge of recognized supervisory skills and practices. Knowledge of patrol functions (foot, mobile and stationary). The ability to understand the functions of the Patrol and Communications division and maintain effective communication with supervisors. Ability to identify potential security and safety problems, detect criminal activity, detect safety hazards such as poorly lit pedestrian areas. Basic knowledge of methods to initiate corrective action.
Knowledge and consistent effective application of good public relations techniques. Knowledge in dealing with widely diverse attitudes exhibited by crowds during athletic events, rallies, social or cultural events, and protection of dignitaries. Ability to responsibly interact with the general public, college community and Public Safety Department staff.
Knowledge in correctly preparing various reports such as incident, arrest, accident and injury. Possess skill in articulating facts and ideas both orally, in writing or with computer software in a clear, complete, concise and grammatically correct manner. Consistently demonstrate the ability to proofread reports of subordinates, and to upgrade the quality of these documents through instruction.
Knowledge and skill in the operation of marked patrol vehicles and possess knowledge of the laws pertaining to emergency vehicle operation.
Knowledge of modern criminal investigative techniques and equipment including interview methods, surveillance techniques, collection and preservation of physical evidence. Knowledge of the proper course of action during a criminal investigation.
The ability to acquire knowledge of the policies of Swarthmore College. The policies and procedures which regulate and guide work performance, personal conduct and operational methods. The ability to acquire knowledge of the policies of the Department of Public Safety. The policies and procedures which regulate department standard operating procedures, personal conduct and law enforcement ethics. The ability to properly evaluate the work performance of subordinates. The ability to acquire knowledge of the Pa. Crime and Vehicle codes and Department general orders concerning these laws including search and seizure, arrest, use of force, civil rights, search and arrest. The proper technique to restrain, control and search detained or combative persons.
The ability to acquire knowledge of the geographical boundaries of Swarthmore campus and its outlying properties, the geography of the surrounding communities especially those areas immediately proximate to the campus.
The actions of the Public Safety Corporal have a direct impact upon the safety and security of students, faculty, staff and visitors at the college and have an effect on student morale, campus operations, and public image of the college and the Department of Public Safety. It is necessary for the Corporal to always exhibit maturity, reliability, composure, and stability under pressure. A high standard of professional ethics is required as is the consistent promotion of a positive image of the department. Every interaction (unless extreme, articulate circumstances exist) must be entirely courteous, polite and respectful. Once a Corporal acquires the knowledge of the administrative structure of Swarthmore College, he/she must be able to combine law enforcement experience with strong human relations, communication and interpersonal skills to effectively provide public service in a diverse academic environment.