Security Officer 1

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.

Job Overview

Be Part of UC! UCPD is a fully empowered policing and public safety agency that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our security officers engage the community and work alongside university police officers performing various duties on main campus and all branch campuses. 

Engage – Love sports? Work at a Division 1 athletic game. Love music? Work at a performance put on by our internationally renowned College Conservatory of Music. Love art? Spend some time in our College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Love people? Work at a top-tier academic institution where 47,000 students strive daily to change the world. Our security officers interact with the campus community not only in vehicles and on foot, but also on mountain bikes, segways, and electric bikes.

Flourish – UCPD is an agency that invests in our people. As one of the largest employers in the region, the University of Cincinnati offers a generous vacation and benefits package including a flexible schedule, tuition remission for all eligible full and part-time employees, their dependents, and spouse or domestic partner. Extensive state-of-the-art training programs and professional development opportunities are available. A variety of retirement options are offered including an opportunity to participate in a traditional pension plan as well as optional supplemental retirement plans. Very cost-effective healthcare and dental plan options are available accompanied by health savings accounts, flexible spending accounts, and employee assistance programs. Employee discounts are offered through numerous local organizations.

Problem Solvers Wanted - Join one of the nation’s leading universities and make a positive impact in the lives of others. UC Security Officers work every day to create a safe community, serving and protecting those who are poised to change the world. If you are a problem solver who is passionate about serving your community, apply now to join an organization where you can train and grow.

Diversity and Inclusion - This position will support the University’s mission and commitment to excellence and diversity in our students, faculty, staff and all other activities. The University of Cincinnati embraces diversity and inclusion as core values that empower individuals to transform their lives and achieve their highest potential. By using talents of people from different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, this vibrant, urban research university demonstrates its commitment to creating a community that values the contributions of all its members.

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Essential Functions

  • Maintain security of grounds and/or buildings. Enforce parking regulations and issue citations. Enforce rules and regulations, with supervision.
  • Contact and communicate with citizens. Distribute crime prevention and safety information to community. Partner with faculty, staff, students, and surrounding communities to help solve quality of life concerns.
  • De-escalate conflicts between individuals and groups.
  • Execute civil processes.
  • Preserve and protect crime scenes. Testify in court.
  • Complete radio and telephone communications.
  • Take field notes. Prepare narratives, summaries, and incident case paperwork with supervision. Document activities by writing detailed reports to understand disorder, crime, and problems.
  • Use proper protective equipment.
  • Assist stranded motorist. Collect and route lost and found property. Investigate unusual odors and sounds.
  • Follow and report suspicious vehicles/persons from a safe distance and relay information to other officers.
  • Use less than lethal force when appropriate.
  • Drive security vehicle. Conduct patrol. Maintain high visibility presence in strategic areas around campus.
  • Assist medical staff with restraints of patients and locating AWOL patients.
  • Participate in Community Oriented Police programs with supervision.
  • Detain and maintain custody of offenders with supervision.
  • Monitor and investigate intrusion, fire, and CCTV alarms. Assess situations for emergency medical. Assist police officers and firefighters as needed.
  • Engage public with friendly messages, such as safe routes around campus. Escort persons as appropriate.
  • Security hazards. Ability to climb stairs, run after suspects, and provide first aid & emergency care. Maintain agility and physical fitness.
  • Must be able to work any shift. 
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education

High School Diploma or GED

Required Trainings/Certifications

Must possess a current, valid state issued operator's license with an acceptable driving record.

Required Experience

Must be 18 years of age or older. No criminal record. Must pass recruitment testing (background investigation, physical fitness assessment, polygraph examination, psychological assessment, toxicology screening, and medical examination).

Application Information

Career Path:  An SO 1 will be eligible for promotion to SO 2 provided the employee completes all requirements of SO 1, has good performance reviews and satisfactorily complete probation, meet minimum qualifications of SO 2, and is in good attendance standing according to the departmental discretionary leave policy. The employee must submit a written request to progress to the next level.

Physical Agility Assessment

An email will be sent to all qualifying applicants, stating the date and time of the Physical Agility Assessment. Physical Agility Preparatory Sessions will be offered to demonstrate proper techniques and review the assessment process.


Attached to the email will be the "Medical Release Certification". The location of the Physical Agility Assessment will be at the University of Cincinnati, Department of Public Safety Police Division. The division is located at 51 West Corry Boulevard, Edwards Three, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219. Please be sure to dress appropriately for the assessment tests.

Must pass Physical Agility Assessment, background investigation, psychological assessment, and polygraph examination.


Human Resources will email the Physical Agility Assessment criteria, the medical release form and information regarding The University of Cincinnati, Department of Public Safety, and Police Division to the email account provided on this application. Applicants that do not provide us with an email account will be sent the information via US Postal Service.

Are you eligible to receive Ex-Veteran Credit? You must have a DD214 stating that you received an Honorable Discharge. In order to receive the additional credit for your military service, you must do one of the following with your DD214:

1. Attach a copy of the DD214 to your application.
2. Fax a copy to our office within 3 days after the closing date. Our fax number is 513-556-9652.
3. Bring a copy to our office within 3 days after the closing date. We are located at the University of Cincinnati, University Hall, 51 Goodman Dr., Suite 340, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219.

Shift: Varies 
FOP represented position.
Pay Grade: 23
Starting hourly rate: $16.47 
Post-Probationary rate: $17.20 



Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Work outside in all weather conditions.
  • May require working rotating shifts, weekends and holidays.
  • Sitting - Continuously
  • Repetitive hand motion (such as typing) - Continuously
  • Hearing, listening - Continuously
  • Talking - Continuously
  • Standing - Continuously
  • Walking - Continuously
  • Bending - Often
  • Stooping - Often
  • Climbing stairs/ladders - Often
  • Kneeling, squatting - Often
  • Crouching - Often
  • Crawling - Often
  • Reaching overhead - Often
  • Pulling, pushing - Often
  • Shoveling - Seldom
  • Lifting - up to 20 pounds - Often
  • Lifting - up to 50 pounds - Seldom
  • Lifting - over 50 pounds - Seldom
  • Outdoor Environment: Employees work outdoors and may not be protected from weather conditions.
  • Hazards: Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts of machinery or tools used to perform work, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, or exposure to chemicals.
  • Atmospheric Conditions: Conditions that affect the respiratory system, such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, or poor ventilation.

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 93011 


Security Officer 1

Date:  Sep 8, 2023

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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