Universities and colleges are the employers of campus security officers. These individuals are hired to work alongside any city or university certified police officers, serving as the eyes and ears for police assigned to patrol college campuses. Campus security officers are often students at the college being patrolled. While these personnel are not considered full-fledged officers of the law, they are usually granted some of the same responsibilities and privileges.
One major job responsibility of a campus security officer is simple patrol work. The officers are typically sent on “rounds” of various campus facilities and dorms. The officers typically check to ensure that exterior doors are securely closed and locked, remaining on the lookout for anything that seems suspicious. The officers also note any safety issues, such as burned-out safety and street lighting, and bring them to the attention of designated supervisors.
Security officers can also be utilized to assist with providing security for events on campus, such as large lectures, concerts, or sporting events. Campus security officers may be called upon to assist with helping to direct traffic or simply be present in a crowd-control capacity. The university may also utilize campus security officers to enforce parking standards and issue tickets as necessary.
Campus security officers typically need to only have a high school diploma to be considered, although some colleges will prefer to hire students at the school. Many employers will also require prior or on-the-job training in basic first aid and CPR techniques. Most officers work occasional day shifts, but the majoirty of the demand for their services are nighttime patrol work from midnight until dawn. Campus security officers typically work both indoors and outdoors on college campuses. They're expected to spend much of their time on the job on their feet.
Campus Security Officer Tasks
Patrol campus premises and circulate among visitors, staff, and students, issuing citations and evicting violators.
Escort staff, students, and visitors.
Lock and unlock building entrances, exits, and rooms on-campus.
Respond to alarms, disturbances, and medical emergencies, administering basic first-aid and contacting police and fire departments.
Report daily activities and incidents.