Captain/Public Safety Officer

Vacancy Number:  980

Job Summary:  The Fort Valley State University (FVSU) Police Captain must be certified by the State of Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) council to handle all aspects of emergency and non-emergency calls. This position is extremely critical to the safety and security of FVSU students, faculty, staff, visitors, and for the protection of campus property and resources. The Captain coordinates, manages and monitors security and police services 24 hours a day and assist the Chief of Police with coordinating investigations of criminal complaints, emergencies and risk management issues. Considerable independent judgment, initiative and understanding must be exercised in interpreting orders, rules and regulations, and in meeting emergency situations.  Work is performed in accordance with established rules, regulations, and instructions from the Chief who reviews the work through reports, conferences and observation of police efficiency.

This position reports to the Chief of Campus Police and Safety.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Patrols a designated areas of campus to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the commission of crimes and to enforce traffic regulations
  • Assumes the duties of the Chief in the Chief’s absence, when directed
  • Assists the Chief in developing and implementing new or revised policies and procedures
  • Determines personnel and equipment assignments
  • Takes charge of and guides the work of subordinate law enforcement personnel in various situations until relieved by a the Chief
  • Coordinates and conducts internal investigations into complaints made against department officers/staff
  • Answer calls and complaints involving fire, traffic or other accidents, robberies, and other misdemeanors and felonies and takes necessary police action
  • Develops, plans, and implements all training and employee development programs for the department
  • Ensures compliance with POST training regulations
  • Maintains Police and Security databases utilized by police, security and communications personnel
  • Coordinates and provides various training to students through various student groups and organizations
  • Ensures all departmental evidence is maintained and disposed of in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws
  • Maintains a preventative maintenance schedule with the department’s fleet
  • Interviews victims, witnesses and/or suspects
  • Searches for and evaluate evidence
  • Arrests person or persons suspected of crimes
  • Prepares various records and reports
  • Testifies in court as required
  • Patrols to detect and deter crime and to offer assistance when needed
  • Enforces parking regulations; issues citations
  • Investigates suspicious activities or persons
  • Checks the security of buildings
  • Prepares detailed required reports
  • Investigates traffic accidents and criminal or non-criminal incidents
  • Responds to emergency incidents
  • Provides security and traffic enforcement at special and major events
  • Performs additional duties as assigned



  • Graduation from a standard high school supplemented by the completion of an Associate’s Degree or equivalent hours towards the completion of a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Five (5) years of direct supervision experience in police or related work OR any equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Progressive experience in Law Enforcement and supervision is essential
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and meet driving record criteria established by the Department
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent decision-making skills and the ability to think and act quickly


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Experience working on a college campus
  • Law Enforcement General and/or Firearms Instructor Certification

NECESSARY Special Requirements:  

Will fully comply with the requirements for peace officer as set forth in the Georgia Peace Officers Standard and Training Act as defined by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council. Georgia Law 92A-2100 (as amended).


  • Demonstrate ability to effectively coordinate team responses
  • Knowledge of modern law enforcement principles and practices
  • Knowledge of community policing principles
  • Knowledge of all relevant federal, state and local laws, regulations pertinent to emergency management (NIMS)
  • Knowledge of public safety principles as related to college campuses
  • Knowledge of the university properties, population, and traffic control problems
  • Knowledge of controlling laws and ordinances, particularly the laws of arrest
  • Knowledge of Mutual Aid Agreements along with Memorandums of Understanding between surrounding municipalities and/or law enforcement agencies
  • Skill in the operation of computers and job related software programs
  • Skill in decision-making and problem solving
  • Skill in oral and written communication
  • Ability to deal firmly and courteously with subordinates and the public
  • Ability to meet specific physical requirements that may be established by competent authority


The Police Chief assigns work in terms of general instructions. The supervisor checks completed work for compliance with procedures, accuracy, and the nature and propriety of the final results.


Guidelines include local, state and federal laws and college policies and procedures. These guidelines are generally clear and specific, but may require some interpretation in application.


The work consists of related law enforcement and emergency response duties. The necessity of responding to potentially dangerous situations contributes to the complexity of the position.The purpose of this position is to perform law enforcement and public safety duties for FVSU. Success in this position contributes to the safety of campus students, staff, faculty and visitors and to the enforcement of federal and state laws as well as college rules and regulations.


  • The work is performed both in-doors and out-of-doors while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, running, stooping, walking, pulling, bending or crouching. The employee frequently lifts light and heavy objects, climbs ladders, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, distinguishes between shades of color, and utilizes the sense of smell.
  • The work is typically performed in buildings and outdoors, occasionally in cold or inclement weather. The employee may be exposed hazardous or dangerous situations.
  • The work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, gloves, etc. as well as other specialized law enforcement equipment.
  • The Job/Work requires weekend, holiday and occasional shift work.
  • The work has potential for exposure to potentially dangerous interpersonal situations, necessitation the observance of appropriate safety precautions.
  • The work requires the utilization of a police duty belt and bullet proof vest protection.
  • The work requires the ability to defend oneself or a member of the community in exigent circumstances.


 Extensive – May cover a shift for a police shift supervisor in their absence. Expected also to effectively evaluate all subordinate employees work performance with respect to accomplishing the directives of the Chief of Police and the mission of the department.



 Interested persons MUST submit a complete application packet which includes:

  • FVSU Application (include Job Title and Job Number)
  • Cover Letter (include Job Title and Job Number)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) – Diploma copies are not accepted in lieu of transcripts
  • List of three (3) Professional References including their contact information

Complete application packets should be emailed to, with the Job Title and Job Number in the subject line. Application packets that do not contain ALL required information will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.