Campus safety officers play important role supporting the MU Police Department
Story by: Sara Diedrich
For Mathew Sexton, being a campus safety officer with the University of Missouri Police Department is an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the department works while also playing a role in keeping his own campus community. safe.
Sexton, 20, a MU senior health sciences major on a pre-med track, also likes the part-time job's flexibility. He can essentially select his own hours, up to 28 each week, which include overnight shifts that work well with the demands of his studies and responsibilities as a Boone County volunteer firefighter.
"It's prefect for my schedule," said. Sexton, who has advanced to become an officer in charge. "Plus, I really like the job."
Sexton, who was still in high school in 2015 when he joined MUPD, plans to keep working as a CSO until he graduates.
MUPD is currently hiring CSOs for the new academic year. These part-time employees play a vital role supporting the police department and enhancing campus security. They provide security and direct traffic for sporting events, concerts and other special events on campus.
CSOs such as Sexton, also provide security during overnight hours at residence halls by making sure doors and windows re locked and unauthorized individuals do not gain entry. The job is open to any qualified individual or student.
"Our campus safety officers are essential to MUPD by assisting our officers at large and small events on campus," said MUPD Major Brian Weimer. "They also play an important role by ensuring doors are secure and lights are properly working at our residence halls."
Individuals hired for the position receive in-house training and carry a radio that connects directly to MUPD's dispatch system. If they need assistance, they can radio for a MU police officer or security officer.
"The job is a great opportunity to build leadership skills and gain experience in pubic relations, management and communications," said MUPD Sergeant Jerry Armentrout, who supervises CSOs. "They learn the importance of showing up on time and working as a team."
The campus safety officer program started in the 1970s at MU. Today, there are more than a dozen MUPD police, security and communications officers whose careers with the department started as campus security officers. This fall, MUPD is sponsoring two CSOs who will be attending the Law Enforcement Training Institute at MU Extension. If they successfully complete the program, the former CSOs will join the MU police department as full-time police officers.
If you'd like to apply to become a campus safety officer, click here for an on-line application through the university's human resource department.