Public Safety – Police Officer

Vacancy Number 932:

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Founded in 1895 as Fort Valley High and Industrial School, Fort Valley State has experienced tremendous growth and development over the years – culminating into a vibrant university with exceptional associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and centers of excellence. As one of only two land grant institutions in the state of Georgia, the second largest campus in the state with over 1300 acres, and the highest ranked public historically black college and university (HBCU) in the state according to US News rankings, Fort Valley State University (FVSU) is recognized as not only a campus community where diversity and inclusion are cherished, but also as a place where the principles of Embrace (our heritage), Empower (our employees), and Engage (our students) are exemplified throughout campus on a daily basis.

The city of Fort Valley and its neighboring communities provide the friendliness and tranquility indicative of a small southern town, while simultaneously providing residents interested in larger city life with an easy 20-minute drive to the Macon-Warner Robins metropolitan area and its 400,000 residents and plethora of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. And with the North Georgia mountains and the Savannah and Gulf Coast beaches within a 3-hour drive, and Atlanta a mere 1.5 hours away, the best amenities that this country has to offer are literally a short scenic drive away. It’s no wonder so many people are choosing to call Middle Georgia home and FVSU their employer of choice!

Job Summary:  The Fort Valley State University (FVSU) Police Officer is certified by the State of Georgia 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.

If not certified upon hire, the officer must successfully complete a State of Georgia 408 hour mandate/police training course to become certified. The course requires daily Physical Training.

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

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Patrol a designated area of campus to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the commission of crimes and to enforce traffic regulations
  • Take charge of and guide the work of subordinate law enforcement personnel in various situations until relieved by superior officer
  • Answer calls and complaints involving fire, traffic or other accidents, robberies, and other misdemeanors and felonies and take necessary police action
  • Investigate crimes against persons and property
  • Interview victims and witnesses
  • Search for and evaluate evidence
  • Arrest person or persons suspected of crimes
  • Prepare various records and reports
  • Testify in court as required
  • Performs related work as required



  • Graduation from a standard high school supplemented by the completion of two years of college and three to five (3–5) years of experience in police or related work OR any equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and meet driving record criteria established by the Department
  • Possess some basic computer related skills
  • 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

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).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of standard police practices and techniques
  • Knowledge of controlling laws and ordinances, particularly the laws of arrest
  • Knowledge of the university properties, population, and traffic control problems
  • Knowledge of first aid principles
  • Ability to guide and direct subordinate law enforcement personnel and assist in training programs
  • Ability to deal firmly and courteously with subordinates and the public
  • Ability to analyze the situations quickly and objectively, and on own initiative, to determine proper course of action to be taken
  • Ability to obtain information through interview and interrogation
  • Ability to speak and write effectively
  • Ability to meet specific physical requirements that may be established by competent authority

Working conditions:

  • Work is performed primarily out-of-doors, and may require exposure to extreme weather conditions
  • Has potential for exposure to potentially dangerous interpersonal situations, necessitating the observance of appropriate safety precautions
  • Requires weekend, holiday, and shift work

Physical requirements:

  • Must fully understand the role of a sworn officer know when to summon additional assistance and/or fire/EMS
  • Job may be physically demanding at times and may require physical exertion including bending, reaching, stooping, lifting, pushing, pulling, etc.
  • Requires long periods of walking, standing, and sitting
  • Requires the ability to defend oneself or a member of the community in exigent circumstances
  • Required to wear a full duty/utility belt with all assigned weapons and attachments
  • If not certified upon hire, candidate must successfully complete a State of Georgia 408 hr. mandate/police training course to become certified. The course requires daily Physical Training


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.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

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