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Public Safety Officer

Date Posted: Feb 3, 2023

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: Public Safety Officer (Regular, Full-Time)

Location: Public Safety

Salary: $25.00 (hourly)

Reports to: Lieutenant, Patrol Operations

Bargaining Unit: Teamsters, Local 214

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Telecommuting Eligibility: Not eligible for telecommuting.

Position Summary:

Under the direct supervision of a department shift sergeant or designee, the public safety officer is responsible for a multitude of responsibilities including but not inclusive of the following:  Enforcement of local, state, and federal laws, Detroit Public Schools Community District property and equipment. Investigation and documentation of crimes and incidents. Documents and presents evidence & provides legal testimony.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Must possess and provide evidence of a High School Diploma or GED Certificate at time of application.

  • Currently certified or certifiable as a police officer by the Michigan Coalition on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) and be able to provide evidence to that effect. 

  • Must be 21 years of age and have access to an operating automobile; and able to work all three (3) shifts (day, afternoon or night), seven days per week; must be able to pass a medical examination and drug screening.

  • Must possess and provide evidence of a:

    • Valid Michigan Driver’s License

    • Must request current print out of driving record from the Secretary of State’s office having no more than two (2) points.

  • Prior experience working with youth. 

Essential Functions: 

  1. Assist with executive protection responsibilities for assigned school administrators.

  2. Protect pupils, staff and school property by mobile patrols and on foot; 

  3. Remove and/or refuse admittance of unauthorized persons from district properties; 

  4. Detain or arrest suspects committing or attempting to commit crimes against school facilities or offenses to pupils, school personnel or other persons;

  5. Make immediate on-site investigations of crimes or offenses while collecting evidence; securing witnesses and testifying in court; 

  6. Perform duties as assigned twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week; 

  7. Physically subdue, chase including but not limited to running, climbing, and lifting a minimum of 50 pounds to apprehend persons committing crimes against any persons, including pupils, personnel and properties; 

  8. Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in preventing controlling and investigating anti-social or illegal activities by persons or groups directed against school facilities, pupils or personnel; 

  9. Assist in the orientation of school administrators and pupils concerning security measures; 

  10. Maintain the Code of Conduct and dress as required by the Police Department; 

  11. Must be able to use firearms according to required Department standards;

  12. Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned, by the Chief of Police or Designee.

Security Clearance:

Internal Applicants

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check.

External Applicants

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire.

Method of Application:

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered.

All DPSCD employees are required to disclose their vaccine status, however COVID-19 vaccines are strongly encouraged but not required.

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested.

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897.

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions opportunities. Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or

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