Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Police Officer (Multi-Facility)

Office/On-Site

Recruitment #220907-9035PS-MHA

Introduction

Are you interested in serving as a police officer? 
We have the position for you! 
Come Make an ImpaCT by serving your state! 
Read below and apply today! 

WHO WE ARE: The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect and self-sufficiency in those we serve. 

THE ROLE: We are currently accepting applications for multiple Police Officer positions. We are seeking dedicated and compassionate individuals to join our Safety Services Division team to ensure the safety of our employees and patients. These positions will be filled in all locations throughout the state.  They are all full-time, 40 hours weekly with every other weekend off.  The shift and location for each position is To Be Determined.  These positions are Hazardous Duty. 

These positions are in the following facilities and can be assigned any facility/location and work schedule/shift: 

River Valley Services (Middletown) 

Our mission is to maintain a safe and secure environment of care, in a recovery-oriented healthcare agency, through leadership and partnership, based on trust and understanding with the community we serve.  We are committed to providing service with understanding, response with compassion, performance with integrity and law enforcement with impartiality and professionalism. 



We have approximately 70 sworn police officers, augmented by building and grounds patrol officers, dispatchers, and other civilian support staff.  In a recovery-oriented healthcare service agency, the DMHAS Police have an exciting challenge in providing quality services through traditional law enforcement functions and safety and security management activities which are critical to maintaining compliance required for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and other regulatory entities. 

IN THIS ROLE YOU WILL:  Receive assignments from superior officers; monitor designated areas such as the parking lots, garage, main entrance, and cafeteria, to ensure physical security and safety of patients, staff and visitors; operate closed-circuit television (CCTV) equipment; respond to and therapeutically intervene (verbally/physically) in emergency situations involving behavioral health patients; obtain, prepare and transmit information for missing persons teletypes; provide patient and staff safety education and training; assist hospital’s Safety Director in carrying out assigned responsibilities related to JCAHO Accreditation; report, document and take such actions which will protect the safety of others, of observed/reported unsafe/hazardous conditions; assist in evacuation procedures; provide outside emergency response personnel, i.e., fire, ambulance, Hazmat, etc. access to locked areas; conduct, evaluate and document quarterly fire drills; issue employee photo ID badges and parking stickers; respond to pharmacy and door alarms; and escort employees as requested. We strive to empower our staff to actively help our state's citizens and our neighbors who need it the most!  We care deeply about fulfilling our mission to partner with the individuals we support and their families. 

WHAT WE CAN OFFER - Comprehensive Benefit Offerings

  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage; 
  • Extensive hazardous duty pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings; 
  • Paid time off - including 12 paid holidays per calendar year; 
  • Professional growth and development opportunities; and 
  • A healthy work-life balance to all employees! 
We welcome you to be a part of a dynamic team of caring professionals in ensuring a safe and harmonious environment.  You will experience the opportunity to make a difference in the public sector as well as Make an ImpaCT as a Police Officer for the State of Connecticut! We encourage you to apply today! 

FOR AN INSIDE LOOK: Check out the video below to see what it is like to Make an ImpaCT as a State of Connecticut employee.

Selection Plan

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: 

  • These positions may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID 19 Vaccination Immunization.  Note: Whiting Forensic Hospital is excluded from this requirement. 
  • These positions will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. 
  • Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening will be considered for this role as determined by qualifications stated on the submitted application.
TO APPLY: 

  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. We are no longer accepting resumes in accordance with PA 21-69. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system. 
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) in which you are willing to work on your application. Failure to indicate the location(s) and shift(s) may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location and shift. 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION AFTER YOU APPLY: 

  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam. 
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. 
  • Facilities may choose to review applications generated from this posting to fill Police Officer positions within various locations and shifts, etc. throughout the state.  If so, these positions will NOT be posted separately on JobAps. When a new, similar Police Officer (Multi-Facility) posting is announced (with a recruitment number ending in MHA), you must re-apply for consideration. 
  • Note: A facility may have a need to post a job opening for a more ‘specific’ Police Officer position geared towards the facility’s specific position(s). Those types of Police Officer job openings on JobAps will NOT use applications from this recruitment pool. You must apply to those postings in order to be considered for appointment to those specific position(s). We encourage you to apply to each Police Officer posting you are interested in. Please sign up for Interest Cards to be notified when Police Officer recruitments are posted. 
CONNECT WITH US: 

  • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. 
  • Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Doreen Clemson at Doreen.Clemson@ct.gov or 860-785-9855. 
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PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In a state agency, college or university, this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in the protection, safety and security of individuals and property with full police powers and responsibility for law enforcement.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

The Police Officer may perform a combination or concentration of the following functions on a fixed or rotating basis as directed by the agency:

  1. SECURITY: Provides crowd control at various events and activities; monitors designated areas to ensure physical security and authorized access in order to prevent theft, trespass, vandalism or violation of state statutes or regulations; gives directions and routine information to the public; participates in evacuation activities in event of fire, bomb threats or other potential disasters; operates firefighting apparatus if needed; may conduct cruiser or foot patrols; may conduct bicycle patrols as weather permits.
  2. PROTECTION: Provides traffic and/or crowd control; assesses nature of further assistance needed and makes timely and appropriate arrangements; may gather background information and provide threat assessments regarding high risk locations, safety of persons or property, biological or physical threats; may respond to emergency situations and provide CPR or first aid to injured parties; may transport or escort couriers with currency and prisoners or Absent Without Leave (AWOL) persons; may assist in search for escaped patients or inmates; may assist State Police in investigation of major criminal acts; may be required to maintain building security and perform patrol duties at time of heightened alert level under Homeland Security procedures.
  3. ENFORCEMENT: Directs traffic and enforces motor vehicle and parking regulations; may initiate and conduct criminal and other investigations of violations, suspicious activities or reports of incidents occurring within jurisdiction; may conduct on site investigations, question witnesses, arrest individuals at scene and issue summons.
  4. ADMINISTRATION: Records information; applies for and serves arrest warrants; processes paperwork on arrests and activity reports; arranges surety and non-surety bond payments or Written Promise to Appear (WPA); provides court testimony; conducts special programs, projects and services as required; may process arrested individuals including determining charges, fingerprinting, photographing, initiating National Crime Information Computer (NCIC) check, searching, removing and inventorying personal belongings and transporting arrested persons to lock up; may conduct various safety training, certification and/or recertification courses; may perform minor equipment repairs; may make public presentations regarding crime prevention and safety; may serve as dispatcher; performs related duties as required.
  5. CONNECTICUT LOTTERY CORPORATION: May enforce gaming regulations for Connecticut Lottery Corporation and casinos.
  6. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION:  Assists Conservation Enforcement Officers in the enforcement of state laws and regulations pertaining to fish, wildlife, parks, forests, boating, snowmobiling and the use of department owned or leased land facilities.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of police and security practices and procedures; knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of traffic and crowd control practices and procedures; knowledge of criminal law and court procedures; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to analyze emergency situations and develop effective courses of action; ability to utilize computer software.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Certification as a law enforcement officer in the State of Connecticut pursuant to regulations promulgated by the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council.
Note: Candidates with a pending certification status may be employed on a temporary basis pending re-certification by the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

Successful completion of prescribed training and probationary requirements set forth in the class of Protective Services Trainee.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Applicants must be United States citizens.
2. Candidates for this class are subject to selection standards pursuant to Section 7-294-a-e of the Connecticut General Statues and the regulations of the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council.
3. Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain authority from the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection to “arrest and present before a competent authority any person for any offense committed within his precinct.” (Connecticut General Statutes 29-18 and/or 10a-142)
4. Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain certification as a law enforcement officer in the State of Connecticut pursuant to Section 7-294-a-e of the Connecticut General Statutes and the regulations promulgated by the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council. Loss of certification will result in removal from the class.
5. Incumbents in this class may be required to maintain certifications pursuant to the regulations of the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council and/or agency requirements.
6. Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain a valid Motor Vehicle operator’s license.
7. Incumbents in this class may be required to obtain and retain Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification
8. Incumbents in this class must be eligible and qualified to bear arms.
9. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
10 Department of Energy and Environmental Protection: Incumbents in this class will be required to obtain and retain a Standard First Aid certificate and CPR certificate and participate in any job related training sessions.
11. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection: Incumbents in this class must be willing to accept assignments or transfers to any region of the state consistent with departmental policies or stipulations and work a flexible schedule.

CHARACTER REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made before persons are certified for appointment.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Incumbents in this class must have general good health, be free from any disease or injury which would impair health or usefulness and possess and retain sufficient physical strength, stamina, agility, endurance and visual and auditory acuity required, to perform the duties of the class. A physical fitness assessment will be required of all applicants.
2. A comprehensive medical examination, including a controlled substance screening, will be required of all applicants upon a conditional offer of employment.
3. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection: Incumbents in this class must be able to pass a swim test including swimming 100 yards within four (4) minutes.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may be exposed to unpleasant and/or dangerous situations which could cause injury or loss of life, to uncomfortable weather conditions and/or to confinement within a vehicle for prolonged periods.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.



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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.