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Community Safety Officer

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Employment Type:

Classified Staff



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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder Police Department (CUPD) welcomes applications for a Community Safety Officer. This position is vital to help maintain a safe and secure environment for all CU students, faculty, staff, and visitors within the community. The Community Safety Officer will help to detect and report criminal activity, including underage alcohol and marijuana use by students, and policy violations in situations that may involve threats or actions effecting the life, health and safety of others. This hands-on position will work closely alongside our Police Department’s Patrol Division, Fire and Medical personnel and CU Housing community members on a daily basis to ensure operational and administrative efforts are achieved during routine and emergency situations. The Community Safety Officer may coordinate and work directly with Law Enforcement in support of special events and operations to designate and maintain safe perimeters to provide public safety.  All while being in the environment of the beautiful CU Boulder campus.

Who We Are

The members of the University of Colorado Boulder Police Department (CUPD) are dedicated to providing the highest quality police services in order to enhance community safety, protect life and property, and reduce crime and the fear of crime. To do this, we pledge to develop a partnership with the community, to lead a community commitment to resolve problems and to improve the safety and quality of life for all CU affiliates.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Patrol and Detection of Violations
  • Patrol all Residential Facilities and ensure restricted access areas throughout each facility are maintained and secured. 
  • Detect potential criminal activity and policy violations, investigate, and take appropriate action. 
  • Communicate and record all interactions by writing detailed reports utilizing law enforcement systems. 
  • Recognize illegal substances and/or contraband and comprehend appropriate measures to interact with police to ensure that engagement occurs in a timely manner. 
  • Patrol exterior grounds associated with campus housing areas on foot, bicycle, and vehicle patrols to detect criminal activity and enforce policy violations by taking appropriate action as previously described. 
  • Patrol during all weather conditions in both emergency and non-emergency situations. 
  • Identify problems, hazards, and threats and then identify appropriate solutions. 
 Report Writing and Documentation
  • Communicate and record all interactions by writing detailed reports utilizing law enforcement systems. 
  • Write reports that accurately reflect that information in a professional manner that will be meaningful in both civil and criminal proceedings. 
  • Provide professional testimony at both civil and criminal proceedings regarding observations and the facts that were investigated. 
  • Complete the report writing system in a timely manner with very few errors or deficiencies and in many cases with little supervision and support. 
Training and Auxiliary Projects
  • Maintain operational readiness for a myriad of possibilities while deployed on patrol, special events, or emergency situations. 
  • Participate in special projects and assignments that are consistent with the operational needs of the police department and residential community.

What You Should Know

  • Note: Finalists will be requested to complete a Personal History Questionnaire at a later date with CUPD and will be scheduled for a polygraph and psychological examination.  The polygraph will entail disclosure of drug usage and use of illegal substances could result in disqualification.
  • A job-related skills assessment and a full background/personal investigation will be conducted. Failure to pass any portion of a criminal, motor vehicle, and financial background check may result in disqualification.
  • This is an essential services position.  The incumbent is required to respond after hours, during emergencies and report to work for regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures.  
  • The incumbent must be available to work a flexible work schedule, including nights, weekends and holidays.
  • The incumbent must be able to walk long distances on shifts, sometimes up to 15 miles.
  • The incumbent must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Our campus is a drug-free and alcohol-free workplace.
  • The position is a full-time night-shift position with the Residential Housing CSO Unit.  Work hours and shifts vary but will typically fall between the evening and nighttime hours of 6:30 PM to 3:30 AM (8-10 hour shifts).

What We Can Offer

Hourly starting salary $20.73 (+ 10% shift differential for nights).


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Must be a Colorado resident to apply.
  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and a desire to work with a wide variety of persons from various backgrounds
  • Must be willing to work weekends, nights, and holidays in all types of weather and conditions.
  • Available to work overtime when needed (i.e., working special events, athletic events, and in case of emergencies).
  • Must successfully complete a criminal, motor vehicle, and financial background check, and polygraph and psychological examination.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and complete campus safe driving training session before driving any department vehicles.
  • Must comply with departmental standards on appearance which includes wearing a department-supplied uniform, body armor, duty belt, and badge.

What You Will Need

  • Investigative skills & accurate retention of information
  • Excellent report writing skills 
  • Good judgment with the ability to enact sound decisions
  • Professional and Reliable
  • Able to work well with people from a variety of backgrounds and maintain composure under difficult circumstances.
  • CPR/First Aid Certification or ability to become certified within one year of employment
  • Good interpersonal and strong verbal communication skills
  • Sensitivity for confidentiality of materials and information processed
  • Ability to patrol throughout an 8-10 hour shift, climbing/descending staircases, standing, kneeling stooping, lifting up to 50lbs of equipment
  • Ability to detect odors, smoke, and other issues
  • Crisis Management skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel or similar applications such as Sharepoint

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Previous experience in criminal justice, military, or law enforcement is preferred.
  • Prior experience working in a University environment is highly desired. 
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher is preferred but not required.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
1.A current resume. Must include date ranges and whether full time or part time work. 
2.A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 
3.DD-214 for veteran applicants. 
a.Qualified veterans are eligible for veteran’s preference points within the State classified system. If you are a veteran and would like to have your DD214 evaluated to determine your eligibility for preference points, please attach a copy of your DD214 to this posting. If you do not wish to upload a DD214, please email a copy to or send via fax at 303-492-4693 and reference the job to which you are applying.
4.If using the educational substitution for experience: proof of degree or transcripts. 

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by 3/7/2019 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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Essential Services

This position is designated “essential services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures. 

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer