Campus Safety Officers
Fun . . . Excitement . . . Community Service . . . Representative of the
University . . . Just a few of the many characteristics and benefits that go along with being a
Campus Safety Officer with the University of Missouri Police Department.
About the program ...
In 1972, the CSO Program (then called the Cadet Program) began with approximately twelve
students and has grown to 70 available positions, involving graduate and undergraduate
MU students, as well as any person interested in a part-time position. The CSO
Program is supervised and coordinated by a Sergeant. It provides the University with noncommissioned law enforcement
security services, thereby satisfying a substantial part of a private security role required by certain academic and nonacademic departments. The
CSO program is not designed for law enforcement majors or people wishing to prepare to be police
officers, but it is open to all majors and is a great way to start building skills in the
areas of leadership, public relations, management, and communications, among
The Role of a CSO ...
The primary function of a CSO is to provide security and act in a support role for the University Police Department, but
for most of our CSO's, their first goal is to succeed as a student. If at any time the job interferes with
classwork, the work schedule can be adjusted to accommodate a student's needs.
All CSO's are required to work certain events throughout the year, and are
restricted from working over 28 hours per week, in accordance with University
regulations. Once hired, a CSO is assigned to a particular Squad, or
division, within the program. A majority of his/her working hours will
be dedicated to shifts within this area. These are described below.
Provide security for the students living in the Residential Halls. Responsibilities include ensuring doors stay locked and screening those who need to gain entry after hours.
Approximate shifts are 11:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.
Provide security for sporting and non-sporting events at the Hearnes
Center, Memorial Stadium (Faurot Field), and any other location these events occur. Responsibilities include watching spectators and
being alert to problems at the event. In most cases, duties include traffic flow and
There are many special events available on campus and all
CSO's are expected to work some of them. It could be a concert, men's basketball games,other Big Twelve athletic events, or high school athletic events. It also includes any other event not covered by a squad.
Provide security for the Nursing School and events at Jesse Hall. Responsibilities include locking
doors, screening all who enter the building, and providing general security
and emergency contact during events.
What you can expect as a CSO ...
Along with the fun and the benefits of the position comes responsibility.
A CSO is part of the University of Missouri Police Department
team and the image that CSO exhibits is a direct reflection upon this
department; therefore it is imperative that this image be held in highest regard.
As a CSO, you will not be asked to become, nor would you leave the impression that you are an undercover agent used to infiltrate student living groups or
social events. Instead, you will be working to maintain a safe and secure environment where students, faculty and staff can pursue their goals in a
community where learning is the highest priority.
We hope you will find yourself interested in a position with the Department after you have read the requirements and benefits provided on this page. Please
contact us with questions, or for an application.
Are you qualified?
To be considered for a position as a CSO with the University Police Department you must:
You must also successfully complete the following:
- Be available to work all home football games (NO EXCEPTIONS)
- Be neat and present a good public image
- Be punctual for all assignments
- Communicate well with people on the radio
- Accept responsibility
- Work with little supervision
- Be committed to public service
- General Background Check
- Work a variety of events
- Work around class schedule, tests, etc.
- Flexible hours (Available 24 hours a day dependent on need and seniority)
- Gain valuable experience working with the public
If you have any questions or would like an application contact:
The Staff Sergeant
University of Missouri Police Department
901 Virginia Avenue
Columbia, Missouri 65211
Phone: (573) 882-5804
Fax: (573) 882-6636
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