Public Safety Officer II

Rochester Institute of Technology | Rochester, NY

Posted Date 2/05/2024

Public Safety Officer II


Finance & Administration

Public Safety

Job Summary

The RIT Public Safety Department is a 24/7 operation, 365 days/year. This position is responsible for serving and protecting at any given time a community covering the entire 1,300-acre university campus with approximately 19,000 Students and 4,000 Faculty and Staff.

There are 3 different patrol shifts (Day, Afternoon, and Night) and the person hired will most likely be assigned to the afternoon or overnight shift, which includes shift differential pay. Required to be available for holidays, overtime, call-ins, possible shift changes on short notice, and rotating days off to maintain appropriate staffing levels and to staff special events throughout the year.

Job Responsibilities

Major Responsibilities
Providing for public safety and security by maintaining order/policing, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing RIT policies, motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting positive community relations.

  • Responds to service related requests promptly including quality of life complaints; utility interruptions; suspicious persons; money escorts (protecting employees transporting money on campus); special attention checks in high risk areas; motorist assists; residential and office lockouts; found property; emergency notifications; noise complaints; and other duties dictated by community reports.
  • Acts as first responder and preliminary investigator to campus incidents to assess, mitigate, investigate, gather evidence and document the occurrence. Examples such as:
    • Robbery
    • Theft of RIT property/services
    • Assault
    • Workplace violence
    • Bias crimes
    • Environmental complaints
    • Fires
    • Security/panic/fire alarms
    • Fights in progress
    • Medical and med-psych emergencies
    • Drug possession/sale
    • Intoxicated persons
    • Missing persons
    • Animal complaints
    • Motor vehicle accidents
    • Other university policy violations reported and/or observed.
  • Follows-up for timely disposition on reported disputes; robbery; theft of RIT property/services; assault; workplace violence; bias crimes; environmental complaints; fires; security/panic/fire alarms; fights in progress; medical and med-psych emergencies; drug possession/sale; intoxicated persons; missing persons; animal complaints; motor vehicle accidents; and other university policy violations reported and/or observed.
  • OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED, including participation in annual and as needed job-related training and courses to learn and maintain specialized skills, knowledge and abilities necessary to perform duties such as regular fire arms certification and on-going SERT training if applicable; defensive tactics; first aid; health and safety; use of force and related topics.

Required Qualifications


  • High School diploma or General Education Degree (GED)
  • Certification, professional license, or credential: NYS Security Guard License
  • 1 year related* experience in the public safety field or other related security fields.(*Related experience includes experience in campus or public safety, hospital safety and security, law enforcement, military, municipal policing or other related security fields.)
  • Communication Proficiency - demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing to various campus constituencies, including using American Sign Language to communicate with deaf and hard of hearing persons; willingness to learn sign language and deaf culture
  • Stress management/composure - demonstrated ability to use sound judgment and decision making in stressful situations; ability to cope with situations firmly, courteously and tactfully
  • Willingness to learn and increase skill in police-related work
  • Teamwork orientation along with a customer/client focus
  • Ethical conduct
  • Technical capacity - basic computer skills and ability to work with basic technology applications
SPECIALIZED SKILLS (If assigned to Specialized Emergency Response Team: SERT)
  • Rapid response to emergency situations involving threats of reported deadly physical force; or actual physical force with a deadly weapon.
  • Successful completion of specialized training in skills, knowledge, and abilities that are necessary to deploy and use firearms on campus, and on-going SERT training along with regular in-service firearms training.
PLEASE NOTE: The individual hired for this position will be required to have pre-employment Motor Vehicle check, and the Motor Vehicle Report must clear RIT's Safe Driving Policy which can be found on page 4 at:

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, sociology, or related field
  • Hold a New York State Armed Guard License, New York State Pistol Permit, or have the ability to acquire both.
  • Preference given to experience in campus policing, municipal policing, military policing or related field where firearms training was a requisite for employment.

Work Location

Henrietta Campus — 100%

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Required Application Documents

Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume

What do we believe at RIT?

Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. We are dedicated to building a diverse community, one where employees feel a sense of belonging, and are valued for their contributions and the perspectives they bring.

As a member of the RIT community, you'll receive a comprehensive employee benefits package that offers multiple options and access to additional employment advantages. You can tailor your benefit elections to meet your needs (affordable medical/dental/vision benefits; paid vacation/sick time/retirement saving plan with exceptional employer match; and tuition assistance for you and your family, to name a few).

Department/College Description

The Public Safety Department is a 24/7 operation, 365 days/year.

There are 4 different patrol shifts and the person hired will most likely be assigned to the afternoon or overnight shift, which includes differential pay. Premium pay is given for holidays and other days as determined by the Public Safety Department. Some overtime is required to maintain appropriate staffing levels and to staff special events throughout the year.

Required to be available for overtime, call ins and possible shift changes on short notice and rotating days off to maintain appropriate staffing levels and for special events throughout the year.

Afternoon/Evening (B,C)
Night (D)
Rotating days off

How To Apply

In order to be considered for this position, you must apply for it at: Click the link for search openings and in the keyword search field, enter the title of the position or the BR number.

Additional Details

In compliance with NYS's Pay Transparency Act, the salary range for this position is listed above. Rochester Institute of Technology considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as, market and organizational considerations when extending an offer. The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to . Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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