Public Safety Assistants

Public Safety Assistant Position Available

The Western Washington University Police Department is currently recruiting qualified applicants for the position of Public Safety Assistant (PSA) - also known as Greencoats.

Applicants for this position must demonstrate an elevated level of professionalism, maturity, integrity, and reliability. They must also bring a positive and encouraging attitude with a dedicated team mentality. Applicants must also meet the below listed requirements: 

  • Must be a current WWU student enrolled for 10 or more credits (Graduate students enrolled for 8 or more). 
  • Must be in good physical condition and able to walk long distances. 
  • Must present a neat and professional appearance and wear provided Public Safety uniform shirt/jacket. 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and safe driving record.
  • Must successfully pass a background investigation to include being fingerprinted. 

Job Description and Duties

Public Safety Assistants (PSAs) employed by University Police are responsible to patrol campus either on foot or in a marked vehicle, under limited supervision. PSAs perform personal safety escorts and limited building admissions. PSAs are responsible for the opening and closing of academic buildings. PSAs report maintenance problems, security violations, and safety hazards for academic and residential buildings. PSAs seek out and report violations of university policy, parking regulations, and state/municipal laws. PSAs respond to requests for public service, and they provide limited assistance to university police officers.

Essential Job Elements

Ability to obtain full knowledge of campus geography. Ability to use a radio. Work outside in various weather conditions. Must be able to deal with stressful situations and have confidence to work alone in the evening hours. Ability to work well with co-workers as well as work independently within the public safety guidelines, policies, and procedures.

Educational Benefits

Employee will learn how to work in an environment of changing situations and be interacting with a diverse University community while learning to multi-task and organize time,

Skills and Experience

An interest in a career in law enforcement is preferred, but not required.

Application Process

Applicants interested in working the above position should submit a completed application and written examination to University Police Dispatch located at WWU Campus Services, 2001 Bill McDonald Pkwy, Bellingham, WA. Qualified applicants who score at least 35 out of a possible 45 points on the application/written examination will be placed on an eligibility list based on their written score. As vacancies occur, applicants will be contacted and invited to an oral board interview, worth 50 points. Applicants will be considered for employment based on their combined score. Once hired, employees must continue to meet the above requirements and all other eligibility criteria for on campus student employment. 
NOTE: This position may require working late or unusual hours, and/or under varying degrees of stress.  

If you have any questions, call non-emergency dispatch at (360) 650-3555