University Police Officer

Apply for the position, University Police Officer, with Fort Hays State University today or contact Human Resource Office for more information. Posted Feb 21, 2023.

This is commissioned law enforcement work in providing police protection for a regent’s institution. Work involves enforcement of municipal ordinances, county resolutions and state statutes. Enforcement of rules, regulations and policies of the University and the Board of Regents. Patrols an assigned area, exercises full law enforcement powers, conducts criminal investigations, collects evidence and prepares appropriate reports.  The position requires initial and continual certification as set forth and defined by the Kansas commission on peace officers’ standards and training. Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center basic training will be provided if the successful applicant is not already a certified Law Enforcement Officer. 

  • No Rotating Shifts
  • Kansas Police and Fire Retirement Plan
  • Uniforms and Equipment is Provided
  • Benefits package with Heath, Prescription, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Accrues 6.77 hours vacation and 3.7 hours sick leave per pay period
    • earn up to 272 hours of paid leave per year, (176 vacation, 96 sick leave)
  • State paid holidays
    • New Year’s Day, MLK Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving & Christmas
  • Tuition Assistance for you and your family after one year of employment
    • Employees are eligible for up to 6 credit hours per semester.
    • Spouse and dependents are also eligible after a year. Dependent coverage will start at 20% and will increased each year by an additional 20%.

  • Qualified candidates must be 21 years of age, a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must obtain certification by the Kansas Law Commission on Peace Officer's Standards and Training.
  • Must maintain all other required certifications, including firearms, first aid, and CPR.
  • Valid driver's license
  • Candidate will be fingerprinted, and a search of local, state, and national fingerprint files made to determine whether the applicant has a criminal record.
  • Candidate has not been convicted of a crime that would constitute a felony under the laws of this state, a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or a misdemeanor offense that the commission determines reflects on the honesty, trustworthiness, integrity, or competence of the applicant as defined by rules and regulations of the Kansas commission on peace officers’ standards and training.
  • Must have graduated from a high school accredited by the Kansas state board of education or the appropriate accrediting agency of another state jurisdiction or have obtained the equivalent of a high school education as defined by rules and regulations of the commission.
  • Must be of good moral character sufficient to warrant the public trust in the applicant as a police officer or law enforcement officer.
  • Candidate will complete an assessment, including psychological testing approved by the commission, to determine that the applicant does not have a mental or personality disorder that would adversely affect the ability to perform the essential functions of a police officer or law enforcement officer with reasonable skill, safety and judgment be free of any physical or mental condition which adversely affects the ability to perform the essential functions of a police officer or law enforcement officer with reasonable skill, safety and judgment and obtain initial and continual certification as set forth and defined by the Kansas commission on peace officers’ standards and training.
  • At time of appointment, candidate must have passed a standardized written test, polygraph examination, background investigation, physical and a drug screening testing.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Graduate of Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center or other state agency that meets the same standard. A college degree is preferred, but not required.

SALARY: Hourly rate $19.25

BENEFITS: Competitive benefit package

  • Observes buildings and offices, streets, etc., while on patrol to determine whether conditions appear in order. Checks exterior of premises for unusual signs which might indicate illegal entry, and speaks to occupants to assure that everything is in order. Identifies locations and times when criminal activity and/or traffic problems are most likely to occur in a particular district.
  • Responds to emergency situations such as fires, injury accidents, hold up alarms, fire alarms and intrusion alarms, bomb and other threats, and initiates immediate action to preserve life, preserve evidence and control the situation. Decides when an emergency response is necessary.
  • Maintains care and control of authorized equipment, vehicles and firearms and reports malfunctions.
  • Locates, collects, preserves, verifies, and critically analyzes information and evidence during patrol activities, calls for service, emergency situations, and criminal investigations. Performs surveillance operations. Interviews complainants, witnesses, suspects and others as needed.
  • Completes written reports in compliance with Kansas Administrative Regulations and departmental procedures, and makes oral reports as needed.
  • Uses a variety of communication skills and special techniques to interact formally and informally with community groups. Provides information upon request about police policies, procedures and techniques as they affect the public. Maintains relations with other law enforcement agencies.
  • Considers circumstances of an observed or suspected violation of law and determines whether to initiate an investigation or to stop and frisk an individual, or whether probably cause exists to arrest and search an individual incident to the arrest without a warrant, and makes arrest or search.
  • Directs and controls traffic flow and pedestrian movement on campus. Patrols streets and related areas to see that streets, drives and fire lanes are open and enforces observed traffic violations. Issues University parking citations, and issues moving traffic violations into municipal or district courts.
  • Directs traffic flow at the accident scene, conduct an investigation as to its cause, photographs and sketches diagrams of accidents, and takes appropriate enforcement action.
  • Position is subject to callback upon need due to emergencies, criminal investigations, and criminal activity and staff shortages as deemed necessary by the Director of Police.

REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS:  Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three professional references. Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Name: Terry Pierce
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (785) 628-530

Community of Hays
FHSU is located in Hays, a vibrant college town of approximately 20,000, located halfway between Kansas City and Denver on Interstate 70. Hays is the regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, and recreation for the western half of Kansas. The community boasts excellent recreational programs and facilities, including the comprehensive Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, and extensive walking, running, and biking trails. Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes that offer great opportunities for boating, fishing, and camping. The Hays Municipal Airport provides connecting service to Denver with several flights daily. The Hays community is home to excellent Pre-K and K-12, public and private schools. With over 60 restaurants, major retail outlets, a low unemployment rate, and very short commute times, the city provides a safe, welcoming, low-cost, high-quality living environment for the residents who call "Hays, America" home.

Notice of Non-discrimination: Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

Notice to KPERS retirees applying for a position: Recent legislation changes working-after-retirement rules for both you and your employer if you go back to work for a KPERS employer. Please contact your KPERS representative or for further information on how this might affect you. 
University Police Officer
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