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Security Officer

Company: University of Kentucky
Location: Lexington
Posted on: March 19, 2023

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Security Officer

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3HL00:UK Police

Work Location

Lexington, KY

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Required Related Experience

No experience required.

Required License/Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

Lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects up to 50 lbs.; sitting/ walking/standing for long periods of time; handling intermittent periods of high levels of stress; engaging with potentially violent or combative patients, visitors or other individuals.


12 hour shifts with rotating weekends off. Must be able to work any of the following:

If assigned to UK Chandler & Good Samaritan Hospital
6 am - 6 pm or 6 pm - 6 am

If assigned to Eastern State Hospital
7 am - 7 pm or 7 pm - 7 am

Effective March 5, 2023 all Security Officers will be switching to 8-hour shifts. Assignments to be determined.

Days, Nights, Weekends, Holidays, and mandatory overtime to include special events such as UK home football games.

Security officers must be able to work overtime with short notice for extended periods of time. Location assignment will be determined at time of hire.

Job Summary

Security Officers maintain a safe and secure environment at the University of Kentucky's HealthCare facilities' by protecting guests, visitors, staff, and property. They serve as the frontline for security across the UK HealthCare enterprise and during University-sponsored events.

In those efforts, Security Officers conduct patrols and use knowledge of their assigned area to actively provide high visibility and presence concentrating on high traffic areas to detect possible suspicious activities or assist visitors with needs for service. They identify, report, and respond quickly, calmly, and professionally to suspicious activities, sensitive situations, emergency alarms, and assistance calls. Security Officers also work collaboratively by monitoring radio broadcasts by Communications and other Security Officers to ensure awareness of activities in the area and to aid as needed. They also respond to assistance calls for disorderly patients and visitors, provide services including crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and diffuse potentially volatile situations with due regard for the safety of all involved.

Security Officers experience both high pace activity in response to high stress situations and repetitive/routine activity to proactively serve and protect. They perform basic investigative reviews and prioritize information for the completion of University forms and security reports. They meet and talk with staff, hospital patients, visitors, and vendors, providing information, advising of safety measures, and building rapport. The position also requires providing coverage for individuals on 72 hour holds, performing repetitive duties like relocking and unlocking doors, and monitoring video camera footage and the security badge access and alarm systems.

We invest a lot in our Security Officers professional development to ensure they can meet the demands of the role.

To learn more about who we are and what we do for the University and our community, Click Here .

Feel free to reach out with any additional questions at JoinUKPD@uky.edu Multiple positions available. Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the deadline date or until all positions are filled which could be prior to deadline date listed. The University of Kentucky considers the health, safety and well-being of our entire community to be a top priority. In alignment with this priority, all new hires must provide proof of COVID -19 vaccination or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption as a condition of employment. For areas that fall under the federal CMS mandate, start of employment cannot occur until two weeks after receiving the full COVID -19 vaccination series or upon obtaining an approved exemption. Only vaccines approved by the World Health Organization can be accepted.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities

This position will require candidates to take a polygraph examination as part of the University Police Department's employment process. Additionally, any position working in one of the hospitals/clinics owned or operated by the University of Kentucky is required to undergo a drug screen as part of the pre-employment screening process.

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University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Keywords: University of Kentucky, Lexington , Security Officer, Other , Lexington, Kentucky

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