Occ. Code 8756110








New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard




University Police Officers enforce all New York State and local laws and the Student Code of Conduct on the grounds of the State University of New York.  University Police Officers are charged with full police officer powers under Criminal Procedure Law, Section 1.20(34)(s) and are responsible for the performance of the full range of professional police duties.  University Police Officers assist other Local, State and Federal police officers with investigations and may collect evidence, question witnesses or testify in court in connection with alleged criminal actions.


          University Police Officers are actively involved in campus communities and activities including educating community members on such topics as personal safety, risk awareness, crime prevention, alcohol awareness, sexual assault prevention and other community safety issues. 


          Positions in this class are found only in the State University of New York.




UNIVERSITY POLICE OFFICER 1: full performance level; works under the general supervision of a University Police Officer 2; must be able to work alone and exercise independent judgment in performing duties; substantial contact with the public and other law enforcement personnel; may direct Campus Public Safety Officers, Security Services Assistants or student workers.


UNIVERSITY POLICE OFFICER 2: shift supervisor of the police force on duty; performs the full range of duties assigned to University Police Officer 1; reports to an Unclassified Service police position.




University Police Investigators are primarily involved in investigating violations of criminal law on campuses of the State University of New York. They typically conduct investigations which may extend over periods of weeks or months and which may require application of the full range of interviewing and investigative techniques. These investigations are distinguished from those conducted by University Police Officers, which are incidental to other law enforcement activities, by their longer duration and by the use of the full range of investigative techniques such as on-site information gathering at the scene of accidents or incidents.                 


Campus Public Safety Officers provide communications, security, and public safety services within a 24/7 operation in the University Police Departments at the campuses of the State University of New York (SUNY). Their primary responsibility is to function as a desk officer, performing dispatching activities, and using various databases, online systems, and multiple video sources.






Patrols an assigned area on foot, on a bicycle or motor scooter, in a car or by other means to deter criminal activity by means of presence and witness and to detect fires and other dangerous situations.


Responds to calls for assistance from fellow officers or from any member of the campus community to insure that persons and property are adequately protected; and may respond to situations involving but not restricted to burglaries, robberies, thefts, criminal trespass, assaults, criminal mischief, medical emergencies, accidents, vehicle and traffic violations, fires and unusual situations.





Regulates pedestrian and vehicular traffic.  May enforce vehicle and traffic laws in order to prevent dangerous situations from arising.




On assignment as Desk Officer.






On assignment to K-9 Corps.






Prepares a variety of shift summary reports, logs and records covering activities of a criminal or unusual nature and other security related activities.


May deliver a variety of in-service training and/or community educational programs. 







Shift supervisor of the police force on duty.






Tours the campus and directly observes University Police Officers on the job to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of their performance and provide on-site instruction in law enforcement techniques.





May respond to the scenes of incidents involving but not limited to crimes, arrests, major accidents, injuries, deaths and fires in order to personally direct security activities.




Prepares a variety of written narrative and form reports of shift activities in order to advise the supervisor of the nature and extent of security problems and the effectiveness of the public safety force in handling them; in preparing these reports, uses data submitted and verified in subordinates' logs and reports.


Performs many of the same range of duties as University Police Officer 1.


May be responsible for the Departments training program, crime prevention program, or community policing function.






Promotion:  one year of service as a Campus Public Safety Officer and completion of 60 semester credit hours of college study.


Open Competitive: Completion of 60 semester credit hours of college study.


Candidates must meet established physical and medical requirements for appointment to the position, must possess and maintain a valid unrestricted New York State motor vehicle operators license and must be legally eligible to carry a firearm and complete all requirements for certification as a police officer in New York State.




Promotion: one year of permanent competitive service as a University Police Officer 1.


Rev:  8/16


NOTE:   Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibility of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.