Communications Officer in Training

  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Prairie View, TX, USA
  • Mar 18, 2020
Full time   Public Safety/Police

Job Description


Prairie View A&M University

Communications Officer in Training

Job Title
Communications Officer in Training

Prairie View A&M University

University Police

Proposed Minimum Salary

Job Location
Prairie View, Texas

Job Type

Job Description
The Police Communications Officer in Training, under supervision, receives on-the-job training from Police Communication Officers; handles routine and emergency radio, telephone, and 911 calls for service following special or written instructions for transmitting and routing calls.


  • Conduct a search for arrest records and offense information for legitimate background investigations for officers on calls; serves as a witness for paperwork in criminal matters as well as witnessing the inventory of a prisoner's personal effects. (Only conduct PVAMU/UPD employee searches when requested by a supervisor).
  • Receives all emergency calls on campus, including medical emergencies, fires, crimes, suspicious circumstances, fire and security alarms, accidents (vehicle, bicycle and other), hazardous materials incidents (toxic or radioactive spills).
  • Responds to calls for stalled elevators, power outages and major disasters.
  • Coordinates emergency response of University units (Police, RMS, Health Services, and Security Officers) and non-campus units (including EMS, Fire).
  • Follows prescribed University procedures and public safety dispatching procedures and exercises proper judgment in an emergency, for which established procedures may not exist.
  • Notifies supervisors when they are on call to inform them of incidents and receive information on the proper handling of problems like major crimes, personnel shortages, etc.
  • Operates TLETS (Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunications System) terminal, OMNX, ARMS for inquiries, entries, and updates to automated databases of TDCJ, NCIC, and FBI, to include stolen property, wanted, missing, sex offenders, and/or protective order status. Emails updates daily to the supervisor and support staff.
  • Communicates by two-way radio with University Police, Security Officers, and RMS, in accordance with Federal/State Communications Commission regulations, standard public safety dispatching guidelines, and specific University and unit guidelines; relays and coordinates information and provides support to all field units.
  • Monitors campus burglar alarms which informs the department of possible danger; remains familiar with the Emergency Response Guidebook and remains prepared to inform officers of instructions.
  • Notifies housing personnel (i.e. maintenance, head residents, student managers, and pertinent personnel) during weekends, evenings, or holidays of problems relating to housing; notifies UPD personnel of emergencies and of major crimes, accidents, and fires on campus.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Two years full-time Experience. High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) certification may substitute for the 2 years of full-time employment or military experience.

Job Posting Close Date:

  • 01/31/2020

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others. Ability to work under stress. Ability to comprehend technical aspects of communications equipment. Communication skills. Keyboarding skills.

Other Requirements:

  • Work rotating shifts, evenings and holidays. Applicant must successfully pass keyboarding test, communications performance evaluation and complete background investigation.

Required Attachments:

Please attach all required documents listed below in the attachment box labeled as either “Resume/CV or Resume/Cover Letter” on the application. Multiple attachments may be included in the “Resume/CV” or Resume/Cover Letter” attachment box. Any additional attachments provided outside of the required documents listed below are considered optional.

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Application Submission Guidelines:

All applicants are required to apply via our Career Site on or before the closing date indicated on the job posting. Applicant inquiries received via email and websites such as Indeed, HigherEdJobs, etc. will not be considered unless the individual has applied to the available position via the PVAMU Career site.
The required documents listed in the above Required Attachments section must be attached to the application prior to the job closing date indicated to ensure full consideration for the application submitted. Please contact the Office of Human Resource on or before the closing date indicated above at 936-261-1730 or should you need assistance with the online application process.

Background Check Requirements:

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution's verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution's procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

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About Us
For more than 140 years, Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) has been igniting passion in its students. With an established reputation for producing engineers, nurses and educators, PVAMU offers baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degree programs through nine colleges and schools. The University has an enrollment of more than 8,500 students. Designated an institution of “the first class” in the Texas Constitution, PVAMU is the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state and a member of The Texas A&M University System. The University is dedicated to fulfilling its land-grant mission of achieving excellence in teaching, research and service.

PVAMU is conveniently located near the rapidly growing residential and commercial area known as the Northwest Houston Corridor. The developing Northwest Houston Corridor offers newly developed suburban communities, a variety of shopping and dining near the Houston Premium Outlets and is a short, 35-minute commute into downtown Houston. For more information, visit Your career opportunities with a “University of the first class” begins here!

Prairie View A&M University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

If you need assistance in applying for this job, please contact (936) 261-1730.

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