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Police Officers

 

University Policing is one of the most challenging and rewarding career paths within law enforcement. Our selection process is described below.
 
An opening must exist to start the selection process for any applicant, we do not maintain a hiring pool. We also do not accept applications for full time employment. For information on current full-time positions and hiring processes within the University of Tennessee System, please click here.
 
Once applications are received through the process from Human Resources, they are evaluated by a selection panel consisting of stakeholders from across the campus. After evaluation, the applicant may be contacted for a preliminary phone interview. After this the selected applicants will be invited to participate in the following assessments.
 
Written Assessment is coordinated through the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, using the National Police Officer Selection Test (N-POST), which is administered locally. The N-POST is a timed test divided into four sections: Arithmetic, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, and Incident Report Writing. In each of the sections, the questions are presented in a law enforcement context, but applicants do not need any previous knowledge of law enforcement to answer the questions correctly. The N-POST is designed to measure basic skills – reading, writing and arithmetic – that are important for successfully learning and performing an entry-level, law enforcement position.


Physical Testing is coordinated with full medical support and consists of a job-task related and scenario based challenging event. This objective assessment requires physical ability, decision making, verbal, and written skills to be demonstrated. Successful applicants are invited to continue in the process.
 
The next step is the Interview with the Selection Panel. It is a process which requires demonstration of preparation, verbal skills, cognitive skills, interpersonal skills, and confidence. The Selection Panel makes an assessment and recommendation to the Chief of Police.After narrowing the selected candidates through an interview process, the Chief may make a conditional job offer to the applicant. The conditional job offer requires the applicant to provide a notarized release for background investigation and submit the notarized 3 year employment agreement.  Notary services will be provided on campus.

Further testing, as required by the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission, includes Physical and Psychological Testing, and successfully pass the comprehensive background investigation. Persons with prior law enforcement experience will have this experience verified through the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission to evaluate ability to become a certified police officer. Once hired, the probationary police officer must successfully complete a Basic Law Enforcement Course or have the POST Commission validate their certification. This validation may require a 4 week transition school and a waiver process. Certification, under POST Commission Rules, must occur within six months of hire. This is a condition to successfully complete the six-month probationary process, as is successful completion of the field training program (10-12 weeks in duration).

The final step of this process is the swear-in ceremony. This affirms that the probationary officer has met the requirements outlined by Tennessee Code Annotated and is conducted by the Senior Vice Chancellor of the University.

We are always looking for potential candidates for a position in our department.

 

Security-Communications Officers

The Security - Communications Professional is the backbone of the department. While serving in the Communications Role, as the first point of contact in an emergency, dispatchers play a critical role in keeping the public safe, as well as responding law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel. While serving in the Security Role, they also perform essential security functions, such as preventative patrol and event staffing. The selection process is outlined below.

 

An opening must exist to start the selection process for any applicant, we do not maintain a hiring pool. We also do not accept applications for full time employment. For information on current positions and hiring processes within the University of Tennessee System, please click here.
 
Once applications are received through the process from Human Resources, they are evaluated by a selection panel consisting of stakeholders from across the campus. After evaluation, the applicant may be contacted for a preliminary phone interview. After this the selected applicants will be invited to participate in the following assessments.
 
Written Assessment is coordinated through the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, using the National Dispatcher Selection Test (N-DST), which is administered locally. The N-DST is a timed test which measures skill level in five important areas: Reading Comprehension, Listening, Problem Solving, Prioritizing, and Multi-Tasking. This test ensures that the candidate possesses the important skills required to perform effectively as a Communicator.


Physical Testing is coordinated with full medical support and consists of a job-task related and scenario based challenging event. This objective assessment requires physical ability, decision making, verbal, and written skills to be demonstrated. Successful applicants are invited to continue in the process.
 
The next step is the Interview with the Selection Panel. It is a process which requires demonstration of preparation, verbal skills, cognitive skills, interpersonal skills, and confidence. The Selection Panel makes an assessment and recommendation to the Chief of Police.

 

After narrowing the selected candidates through an interview process, the Chief may make a conditional job offer to the applicant. The conditional job offer requires the applicant to provide a notarized release for background investigation.  Notary services will be provided on campus. The successful candidate must complete the physical evaluation/examination and the background investigation.

 

Once hired, the probationary Security-Communications Officer must successfully complete the 120 hour dispatch training process. Additionally, they must complete and become certified as an National Crime Information Center Operator. They must also successfully complete the Security Officer Field training program. There is a six month probationary process, and successful completion of this process requires satisfactory completion of the above training tasks and a satisfactory job performance evaluation.

 

Student Workers and Internships

We employ part time workers that are often students. These workers receive necessary training to fulfill security functions or special event staffing, as needed. Internship applicants are welcomed. Typically the intern will be assigned to a project team and given an overview of the agency. Project teams are used to develop and review various tasks handled by the agency, and will be within the range of education afforded the intern. Prospective interns are required to have a letter of reference/recommendation from their academic adviser as well as a copy of their internship contract. Intern positions are not compensated, but may qualify to fulfill paid security functions after training. Please complete this application and contact Deputy Chief Hamilton to check on availability of intern positions and part time employment.

 

Special Event Security

The University hosts many events every year that require security. 

 

Our Agency is responsible for coordinating police and security presence at athletic events, concerts along with other special events and operations on campus. We also provide traffic control, interior patrol and crowd control for each of these events.Due to the size of the majority of the special events, the UTC Police Department often employs individuals for event security. These security members receive necessary training to be able to perform job functions.  Please complete this application and contact Deputy Chief Hamilton to check on available positions within the Special Event Security staffing. 

If you represent a University program or affiliate and need event staffing, click here for the submission form.

 

 

 

 

 

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