KIND OF WORK: Under general supervision, performs responsible law enforcement work in providing protection for students, faculty and visitors to school campuses and working within the school system to build positive relationships among students, faculty and the police.  Work requires a working knowledge of techniques, methods, and procedures used in policing activities.  Contacts require skills in understanding human behavior and those factors that influence behavioral changes and are critical in adversarial and confrontational situations.  Work follows standard operating procedures; however, the employee has the latitude to determine what procedure or precedent to follow based on the work situation.  The School Safety Officer will serve as a resource throughout the school system and will be required to perform the functions of law enforcement officer, educator and counselor while becoming an integral member of the school community. This is done through proactive prevention and diversion programs, as well as normal policing procedures. The Officers are responsible for campus patrol, initial case investigations, and subsequent follow-up and, when necessary, making arrests. The Officers also provide classroom presentations and counsel students and parents to foster a better understanding of law enforcement.  Employees are charged with enforcing all local ordinances and state statutes as they pertain to their assignment.  Work is considered hazardous due to the nature of the duties.  Collaborates with the School Principal in the performance of duties; however, in the chain of command reports to a School Police Lieutenant who reviews work through written reports and personal conferences, usually after the fact, in terms of quality, timeliness, and for adherence to established methods, standards, policies, and achievement of desired results. 


EXAMPLES OF WORK:  (Not intended to be all inclusive)


OPEN REQUIREMENTS:   Must have had at least one year of law enforcement experience.


CERTIFICATION/LICENSE REQUIREMENTS:   Must possess and maintain current Certification by the State of Florida as a law enforcement officer during employment in this class.   Must complete the State of Florida School Resource Officer (SRO) Basic Training Course during the probationary period.  A valid Florida Driver’s License is required prior to appointment and must be maintained during employment in this class.


NOTE:  The probationary period for this class is one year.