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University Police Communications and Security Specialist 1

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Local Title: University Police Communications and Security Specialist 1
Budget Title: University Police Communications and Security Specialist 1
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Categories: Security & Police


Are you looking to take your career to new heights with a leader in healthcare? SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is one of the nation's leading metropolitan medical centers. As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we serve a large population that is among the most diverse in the world. We are also highly-ranked by Castle Connolly Medical, a healthcare rating company for consumers, among the top 5 leading U.S. medical schools for training doctors.

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Job Summary:

The Department of University Police and Public Safety at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is seeking a full-time University Police Communications & Security Specialist I. The successful candidate will: 

  • Control base, fixed or mobile communication systems.
  • Maintain status and control over all mobile radio units service.
  • Monitor all equipment in the dispatch area and reports all departures from required procedures to the appropriate supervisor.
  • Report emergency situations to the supervisory personnel, including the inability to establish communications with a mobile unit.
  • Operate computers, communications, and support equipment, consistent with New York State E-Justice and National Crime Information Center rules and regulations.
  • Operate radio, telephone, and broadcast equipment, closed-circuit television systems, and electronic security systems.
  • Monitor, activate, deactivate, and control electronic access systems.
  • Enter, update, and queries information in various computers and systems.
  • Retrieve and review messages received from data systems and stores or distributes them according to prescribed procedures.
  • Prepare written reports and maintains the police department blotter as assigned.
  • Maintain communication files and performs other communication-related duties as required by the shift supervisor.
  • May perform security guard duties to support campus police operations.
  • Respond to calls for assistance to ensure that property is secured until a police officer arrives at the scene.
  • Assist with calls for service such as unlocking doors, providing safety escorts, and inspecting safety equipment.
  • Patrol assigned area on foot to deter criminal activity by means of presence and witness, and to detect and report any dangerous situations such as fires.
  • Post assignments at a specific location for security or safety reasons.
  • Prepare and files a variety of reports and logs, and performs other security related activities. 
  • May issue and maintain department equipment.

Required Qualifications:

  • Will have sat for the New York State Department of Civil Service University Police Communications and Safety Specialist 1 Examination, achieving a passing score and reachable by score on a canvass list. 
  • Promotion: 1-year of permanent service as a Security Services Assistant 1, Security Services Assistant 2, or Security Officer.
  • Open Competitive: 1-year of full-time experience as a police or peace officer;
      • OR  1-year of full-time experience as a dispatcher for a public safety agency including fire departments, emergency medical services, or law enforcement;
      • OR  1-year of active U.S. military service as a dispatcher of military police or security personnel and an honorable discharge or under conditions in the NYS Restoration of Honor Act;
      • OR 30 college credit hours from an accredited institution of higher education.
    • New York State Security Guard Licensure. 

Preferred Qualifications:


Work Schedule:

Variable Days; Variable Hours

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Salary Range:

As per civil service guidelines


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:


  An approved COVID-19 vaccination.

Executive Order:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact Human Resources at


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