Police Officer I/II

University of Alaska Anchorage Police Department - Anchorage, Alaska

Aug 4, 2022

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Application Deadline:
Sep 30, 2022

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$See pay grades in posting. hourly

Job Description

Let's get a bit of a preamble out of the way. Everything you have seen about Alaska on "Life Below Zero", which is a fine show, is not indicative of what life is really like for everyday Alaskans. Anchorage is your typical middle-sized US city. We have two Costcos. We have Bass Pro Shop, Cabelas, Target, and Best Buy to name a few. There are every sized supermarkets imaginable (including international markets) and several indoor malls. However, you can drive an hour and be out of cell phone signal fishing to your heart's content. Alaska is the outdoor lover's paradise, but we still have every amenity as any other US city. And no, milk does not cost $25 a gallon in Anchorage (It's like $3 a gallon). The salary to cost of living is very comfortable compared to many other US cities. And, did you know you get paid by the State to live here? This writer's family will receive over $12,000 in Permanent Fund Dividend this fall--simply for being Alaskan residents.

We are a small Police Department with professionalism at its core. Our call volume is lower than where most of us are lateral transfers from. This gives us more time to interact with the University community and for proactive policing. We also, as a department, have a great relationship with the staff and student body of the campus.

Contact me below for more information about living in Alaska and unfiltered information about working at UAA. Or, apply now and get the application process started.

Police Officer I/II

  • Job Number:521330
  • Classification:Safety Services Police 1
  • Grade:Grade 77 / 79
  • Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
  • School/Business unit:UAA VCAS University Police
  • Location:Anchorage
  • Categories: Police/Fire

Position Summary:

The University Police Department at the University of Alaska Anchorage is currently seeking applicants for police officer positions. All officers at the department are sworn police officers and must meet and complete the certification requirements of the Alaska Police Standards Council (APSC). For information about the University of Alaska Anchorage, please visit www.uaa.alaska.edu.


Maintain professional and technical knowledge by studying applicable federal, state and local laws, and University rules and regulations; attending department training, educational workshops, and review professional publications. Maintain skill level of both lethal and less than lethal weapons and complete required department testing with satisfactory results. Maintain annual certification of first aid, CPR, and AEDs. Protect life as a police first responder to emergency incidents, both medical and violent crisis. Requires emergency medical skills (First Aid, CPR, and AED), police defensive tactics, use of firearms (handgun, shotgun, and rifle); use of less than lethal weapons (OC spray, Tasers, and batons), physical control methods, problem solving skills, good communications skill and good judgment. Conduct both criminal and non-criminal investigations by gathering evidence, conducting interviewing to include victims, witnesses, and suspects. Typical cases may include thefts, underage drinking, DUI, domestic violence, assaults, and sexual assaults. Incumbent must be able to write effective and comprehensive investigative and incident reports and be ready to testify in court as needed. Provide convenient services to UAA staff, students, and visitors (safety escort, vehicles unlocks and jump starts, safety checks of rooms and buildings, and welfare checks on people.) Maintain security for the university through regular/daily building checks; active patrols (foot, bicycle, and vehicle) of all the university property (dorms, apartments, storage areas, buildings, and businesses), both on and off campus; and nightly lock-up of campus buildings. Conduct periodic safety/crime prevention presentations to the public. Prevent, deter, and detect crimes through active patrols; explain and enforce applicable federal, state and municipal laws and university rules and regulations; mediate disputes. Respond to emergencies and non-emergency calls for service, disturbances, minor consuming parties, and domestic violence incidents; conduct interviews and searches; observe and take appropriate action on suspicious activities; and detain and arrest suspects.

The University of Alaska provides excellent benefits and perks including: 12 paid holidays per year as well as paid time off, tuition waivers for yourself and family members, Affordable Medical, Dental and Vision Care coverage, an employee assistance program and a free wellness program with financial incentives for participation, as well as participation in the State of Alaska PERS retirement plan.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: This position requires astute observation skills, problem solving skills, and attention to detail. Applicant must demonstrate sound judgment on a day-to-day basis in a broad variety of situations including urgent or emergency situations, stressful and sometimes violent situations. Must be able to use various control tactics and possess effective skills to de-escalate potentially violent situations and carry out appropriate arrest tactics. Must continually maintain community policing knowledge and techniques and be skilled in effective investigative and interview techniques.

Must be able to effectively communicate with people one-on-one, as well as in small group settings and when necessary to present training or safety/crime prevention workshops. Good communication skills and sound judgement are also necessary to effectively testify in court. Must also have sufficient written communication skills, to include appropriate spelling and grammar, and be able to produce effective, accurate incident and investigative reports. Incumbent must have strong computer skills to complete required documents and reports as well as input data. Must be able to create and utilize training materials such as PowerPoint slides.

Must acquire certification from the Alaska Police Standards Counsel (APSC) within one year of date of hire. Applicant must have civilian police academy diploma, high school diploma or equivalent, valid Alaska state driver's license (within 30 days of hire). Current, valid First Aid, AED, CPR certifications are required at all times to save lives and to be a first responder to emergency calls. Typical Experience: This position is full-time, Grade 77 or 79 -- pay grade will be dependent on and commensurate with experience and abilities.

Safety Services - Police (Police Officer Recruit) Grade 77 - No experience as a police officer. Safety Services - Police (Police Officer Lateral Applicant) Grade 79- Certified / Licensed Officer; State of Alaska or state with reciprocity as defined by the Alaska Police Standards Council.

Must be 21 years of age or older. Alaska certified police officers and/or prior police experience preferred but not required. For out of state police officers and/or previous law enforcement officer experience the Alaska Police Standards Council (APSC) requires the completion of an equivalent law enforcement academy with a minimum of 650 academy hours and a State of Alaska basic law enforcement certificate is required within one year of hire. Position requires a high school diploma or equivalent and a valid Alaska driver's license (within 30 days of hire).

Applicant must be physically fit and able to perform daily job requirements of a police officer. Applicant must meet the minimum employment standards for a police officer as set the by APSC and successfully complete a physical agility test. Applicant must possess and maintain the sufficient physical conditions and sufficient mental health, as required by the Alaska Police Standards Council and determined by a medical exam and physiological examinations. Applicant must also successfully complete a Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) examination and a drug test.

The required physical and mental abilities of this position are necessary to perform the essential functions successfully. Individuals with a qualifying disability should request consideration for a possible reasonable accommodation that would allow them to perform the essential functions of this position as allowed under the American's with Disabilities Act. Required Education or Training:

Providing convenient services to UAA staff and students. These services include vehicle jumpstarts, vehicle unlocks, safety escorts on campus and room unlocks, safety presentations, community policing and welfare checks on students, staff, and visitors.

Preventing and detecting crimes through active patrols; explaining and enforcing applicable federal, state and local laws, ordinances, and University policies/regulations; crime prevention; mediating disputes; responding to criminal activities, interviewing skills; good observing skills, convenient services to UAA staff and students (vehicle unlocks and jumpstarts, and securing buildings). Requires good observation skills, problem solving skills, community policing knowledge, and good judgment.

Maintaining professional and technical knowledge by studying applicable federal, state and local laws, ordinances and policies; attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; and practicing skills. Requires attention to details; observations skills, problem solving skills, and retention skills. Requires annual and bi-annual qualification of lethal and non-lethal weapons. Requires annual training for first aid, CPR, and AEDs.

Conducting criminal investigations by gathering evidence, interviewing victims and witnesses, and interrogating suspects. These cases may include thefts, computer crimes, fraud, embezzlement, sexual assaults, physical assaults, domestic violence case among others. Requires interview techniques, good communication skill, crime scene processing, problem solving, report writing, computer and surveillance skills.

Enforcing state, federal and local laws, traffic laws, ordinances, and University policies/regulations. Requires knowledge of state and local laws, state and Supreme Court case decisions, university policies and procedures, good people skills, good communication skills, arrest techniques skills, problem solving skills, and good judgment.

Maintaining security for the university through regular/daily building checks; active patrols of all the university property (dorms, apartments, storage areas, buildings, and businesses), both on and off campus; and nightly lock-up of campus buildings.

Protecting life and property as the first responder. Requires emergency medical skills (1st aid, CPR, and AED), police tactics, firearms use (handgun, short, and patrol rifle); less-lethal weapons use (pepper spray, taser, and batons), control techniques, good communication skills, good problem solving techniques, good judgment, and the ability to make good decisions quickly.

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, 12-month, non-exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. This position is full-time, Grade 77 or 79 -- pay grade will be dependent on and commensurate with experience and abilities.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

Initial review of applications will begin on August 12, 2022. To ensure consideration, please apply by 11:55 pm, Alaska Standard Time on August 11, 2022.

Once you apply, you will be sent a checklist of required items that must be sent to the UAA Police Department as part of your application. All items on the checklist must be included before turning them into UPD. Incomplete packets will not be considered for further review.

If you have any questions about this job posting or the application process please contact Chief Jeff Earle at 907-786-1120 or mjearle@alaska.edu.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 19+
  • Education: High School Graduate or Above
  • Experience: 0-99 years.

Contact Information

Christian Chiavetta

University of Alaska Anchorage Police Department
3211 Providence Dr
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
phone: 1-907-786-1120

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