Under general supervision, a Stanford University Department of Public Safety deputy sheriff provides all aspects of general law enforcement and public safety services to the community.
Principal duties include responding to emergencies, general and directed patrol, investigation of crimes and other non-criminal incidents, traffic / bicycle enforcement and control, assisting in crime prevention activities, and other law enforcement/public safety services and duties as required. A significant degree of initiative, independent judgment, and discretion is required of incumbents to develop, maintain, and successfully perform in a community oriented, problem solving approach to policing.
A Stanford Department of Public Safety deputy must possess, maintain proficiency, and exercise the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform law enforcement functions. The knowledge base and skills required for this position include, but are not limited to: an understanding of pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations, including laws governing the apprehension, arrest, and custody of persons who are believed to have committed violations of the law; rules of evidence pertaining to search and seizure and preservation of evidence in traffic and criminal cases; techniques and applications of self defense and proper use of force; operation and maintenance of police equipment (including, for example, a police radio system), vehicles and tools (including a variety of firearms) ; department policies and procedures; and institutional policies and procedures.
Deputies have the opportunity to participate in a number of assignments such as patrol, investigations, special events, traffic, K-9, off-road motorcycle / bicycle patrol, range master, field training officer, and various lead officer positions and potential promotional opportunities. Deputies will be assigned to rotate between units and / or other units, as appropriate, at the discretion of the Director of Public Safety.
During the course of their work, deputies will be exposed to potentially dangerous and adverse conditions. Deputies must be willing and able to work in emergency situations, confined spaces, and intense life-threatening conditions. Deputies will be exposed to persons whose actions may place them in harms way. Deputies will be exposed to bodily fluids, fumes, moving objects, and noise. Deputies must be physically able to work in circumstances requiring running, jumping, walking, crawling, kneeling, climbing, stooping, pulling and moderate lifting.
Deputies must be willing and able to work in inclement weather conditions and able to work irregular work hours and able to work all shifts. SUDPS personnel are considered essential or required University personnel and shall respond to campus when directed to do so, even with little advanced notification.
Recognizing that Public Safety is an evolving profession, persons holding the rank of deputy must be able to respond to technological, political and social changes. Accordingly, the job responsibilities will change over time. As such, the job responsibilities of a deputy and this job description are subject to modification. Absent a higher ranking officer, the responsibility to assure shift operational efficiency shall be the primary responsibility of a deputy.
Stanford Deputy Sheriffs derive their peace officer authority through a Memorandum of Understanding between Stanford University and the Sheriff of Santa Clara County. This agreement provides for the deputization of Stanford Deputies as sworn peace officers, having full law enforcement powers to make arrest and enforce state laws and county ordinances pursuant to section 830.6 of the California Penal Code.
Promote and model the departments Core Values, R.O.O.T.S. philosophies and department/university performance and behavioral standards.
Motivate and inspire others to model the departments Core Values, R.O.O.T.S. philosophies and department/university performance and behavioral standards.
Motivate, inspire and collaborate with others to accomplish departmental and individual objectives.
Work ethically and collaboratively with others to accomplish the fundamental public safety mission of the department.
Maintain the peace through the effective use of diplomacy, affecting arrests and issuing citations, and controlling violent persons in accordance with the law.
Exercise sound judgment and rational thinking under dangerous and stressful conditions; think clearly and act quickly in a variety of situations.
Interpret, apply, and make decisions in accordance with applicable federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations.
Properly and effectively use firearms and other police equipment and vehicles; meet weapons qualifications for pistol, shotgun, rifle, baton and other weapons as required; meet emergency vehicle operations qualifications; meet department, county and state requirements for peace officer training and general university employment conditions.
Maintain contact and preserve good relations with the public; respond to calls for service from students, staff, and visitors regarding criminal and non-criminal matters relating to the safety of the community.
Assist community members, give directions and promote community relations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Keep sensitive information strictly confidential at all times.
Gather, assemble, analyze, evaluate, and use facts and evidence.
Obtain information through observation, investigation, and the interviewing of victims, complainants, witnesses, and suspects.
Conduct a variety of criminal and special investigations and effectively document information into written form.
Monitor traffic to prevent accidents, enforce California Vehicle Code laws and promote safe traffic movement throughout the university; make traffic stops, issue warnings, and write traffic citations; investigate traffic accidents.
Recover lost or stolen property.
Decide between alternative courses of enforcement action while under routine or stressful conditions.
Appear in court to testify, as required.
Implement the Incident Command System as appropriate.
Engage tactfully and courteously with the public and law enforcement personnel; demonstrate a high ability to interact with the public courteously, with patience and a positive attitude.
Perform peace officer duties on the Stanford University Campus either by car, motorcycle, bicycle, or by foot to protect students, faculty, staff, and property of Stanford University.
Knowledge and / or ability to learn and apply a variety of university and departmental policies; familiarity and / or ability to learn the Stanford Campus.
Interact with other agencies in the collection of information, identification of criminal offenses and recovery of stolen property.
Conduct or assist in conducting meetings, staff briefings, training classes, and may make public presentations.
Assess the severity of medical emergencies, provide first aid, summon medical assistance, as required.
Provide protective security for dignitary visits and / or high level visitors who do not have government support staff.
Wear protective gear including a utility/duty belt (approximately 40 pounds); during special operations wear or carry other police equipment weighing up to an additional 40 pounds.
Work irregular and on-call hours, including weekends, evenings, and holidays.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities :
Participate in the selection and hiring of department personnel.
Assist with training and orientation of new employees.
Teach training classes and make public presentations before various groups.
Represent the department and university at meetings and conferences.
Provide support to other departmental divisions, as needed.
Identify risks to individuals, the department and the university, develop and implement mitigation steps and strategies.
Ensure the workplace promotes equal employment opportunities.
Respond to critical situations, sometimes with little advanced notice.
**Weekend, shift and holiday work is required.**
Other duties as assigned.
Successful candidates for the position of Deputy Sheriff must possess the following qualifications and/or skills:
Federal, State, and local laws and ordinances including those pertaining to search and seizure, rules of evidence, interviewing of suspects, court procedure, criminal law, laws of arrest, and laws governing the care, custody and control of prisoners.
Investigative procedures, methods and techniques, including preserving crime scenes, identifying the elements of a crime, preserving evidence, obtaining statements.
Ability and willingness to learn and promote department policies and procedures, including the General Orders; university policies and procedures, including the Administrative Guide; and the provisions outlined in the MOA between Stanford University and the Stanford Deputy Sheriffs Association.
Self defense, officer safety and crowd control tactics.
Interpret, convey and ensure implementation of agency policies, procedures and methods.
Establish and maintain effective community and public relations within a culturally diverse population.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a variety of people of various educational and socio-cultural backgrounds.
Work both independently and as part of a group, maintaining effective interpersonal working relationships both within and external to the department.
Carry out law enforcement functions such as investigating crimes, apprehending individuals, issuing citations, and managing crowds.
Investigate complaints, infractions, violations of department or university policies, procedures and standards.
Demonstrate sound judgment, tact, and integrity act with courtesy, resourcefulness, and initiative.
Identify, adopt, and exhibit appropriate demeanor and behaviors (interpersonal abilities) in order to deal effectively with a variety of people.
Comply with departmental grooming standards; wear a uniform.
Assimilate and understand information in a manner consistent with the essential job functions.
Work in fast-paced environment and complete work in a timely and accurate manner.
Take appropriate actions in emergency and stressful situations.
Perform assigned duties and responsibilities which may include effecting arrests, subduing resisting individuals, chasing fleeing subjects, running, walking, crouching or crawling during emergency operations moving equipment and injured/deceased persons, climbing stairs/ladders, performing life-saving and rescue procedures, walking, standing or sitting for extended periods of time, and operating assigned equipment and vehicles.
Use computers and supporting applications.
Desire and ability to motivate and inspire others.
Willingness to promote and personally model high ethical standards, integrity, dependability and the departments Core Values and ROOTS philosophy.
Conscientiousness, emotional control, dependability, integrity and initiative.
Be of good moral character set by the standards set by P.O.S.T. job dimensions.
Commitment to the development of ones personal career.
Ability to effectively deal with personal danger which may include exposure to armed/dangerous persons, dangerous animals, communicable diseases, hazards of emergency driving, hazards associated with traffic control and working in and near traffic, and natural and man-made disasters.
Receptive to feedback; flexible and adaptable.
Ability to maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for making observations, communicating with others, reading and writing, and operating assigned equipment and vehicles.
Ability to maintain mental capacity which allows the capability to exercise sound judgment and rational thinking under dangerous circumstances, evaluate various options and alternatives and choose an appropriate and reasonable course of action, and demonstrate intellectual capabilities during training and testing processes.
Acceptance that ones behavior off-duty impacts ones on-duty credibility and ability to function effectively; in the event an officers off-duty conduct is determined through a department investigation to have violated department policies and procedures governing behavior, the officer may be subject to discipline, up to and including termination.