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Police Sergeant A

Police Sergeant A

Police Sergeant A

University Police
  • Agency Tracking #: MSU091117C99380
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Deadline to Apply: 10/02/2017 no later than 11:59 pm
  • Job Vacancy: Classified
  • Hourly Salary: $17.39 non negotiable

Minimum Qualifications

Three years of experience in law enforcement work.


College training will substitute for a maximum of two years of the required experience on the basis of thirty semester hours for one year of experience.

All classified jobs in State service with police officer and wildlife enforcement titles qualify as law enforcement.
Jobs outside State service that will qualify as law enforcement are those performed while commissioned with the power of arrest.
Military police in the armed services are law enforcement; security/guard duty is NOT qualifying.
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Necessary Special Requirements

Must have attained eighteenth birthday at time of appointment.
An applicant who has been convicted of a felony or who is under indictment on a felony charge will be disqualified until relief from the disabilities imposed by state and federal laws is granted.
May be required to possess a valid Louisiana driver's license at time of appointment.
For some positions, evidence of POST certification must be submitted at the time of the application.
May be required to qualify annually with a firearm.
For some positions, applicant must be eligible for bond.

Supplemental Information

McNeese State University Police Department is recruiting for the position of Police Sergeant A.

Applicants must have Civil Service test scores for 9500-LEAPS in order to be considered for this vacancy unless exempted by Civil Service rule or policy.  If you do not have a score prior to applying to this posting, it may result in your application not being considered.
Applicants without a current test score can apply to take the test on the Louisiana Department of Civil Service website at at the Job Seeker Tab.

Currently, the agency is authorized 12 sworn positions, a 13th position is anticipated to be funded in January. The agency is staffed with a Chief and Deputy Chief of Police/Safety Officer, Lieutenant, four (4) Sergeants and six (6) Police Officers. There is a support staff of four dispatchers and two civilian support, plus up to three Student Reserve Officers and 3 student parking ticket writers.
McNeese is a member of the University of Louisiana System with a student population of 8,200 which includes 1,000 dorm residents. There are 800 full-time and part-time employees. Over 200,000 visitors attend university events annually. The main campus is located in Lake Charles (LA) and is considered an urban commuter university. Additional branch campuses include a functioning farm in Lake Charles and satellite operations in Lacassine (LA), Kenner (LA) and on the Fort Polk Army Base.
You can download a descriptive annual report about the McNeese Police on the University Police website.
The University Police is an evolving full-service law enforcement agency. The Department has made major upgrades since 2012 following the results of a LEMAP Review of the agency by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). This has positioned the agency to target entering the self-assessment phase of law enforcement accreditation later this year. A significant expansion of the dispatch/EOC/CCTV Center will be complete by the end of this year, a future remodel of the police facility is planned. The agency operates an $85,000 use of force simulator to expand training and uses a variety of opportunities to enhance training. The agency is the only law enforcement agency in the State to cross-train all sworn staff as Emergency Medical Responders (EMR), are trained as Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) members and the agency is completing a national training program of Sexual Assault Investigation (105 hrs).
The agency embraces the philosophy of Community Oriented Policing and markets itself as a Guardian agency first and an enforcement agency second. Consequently, the Department maintains a close working relationship with the Student Government Association (SGA). Last year the student body voted to impose an increase to the Student Safety Fee which has funded police vehicles, training, crime prevention, and equipment needs beyond the general fund budget provided by the University.

Ideal Candidate
This type of position calls to individuals with general policing or university policing experience. It could offer a super career development step for the right candidate looking to grow the breadth and depth of their policing abilities. It could also be an ideal position for an experienced in-state or out-of-state candidate who has completed one policing career but who is energized to continue their policing experience.  The agency believes in employee development and looks to take advantage of personal interest and self-motivation which may include specializing as a defensive tactics instructor, firearms instructor, training officer, bicycle patrols, etc.

Compensation and Benefits
The rate of pay for this position is a flexible special entrance rate of $17.39 per hour and $36,171.20 annually and is non-negotiable (as a state agency, University Police do not receive POST state certification pay). There are regular opportunities for overtime generated through investigations, events, special duty assignments, training and a weekly Sergeants Meeting. Special Premium pay is paid for home football games, commencements, Home Coming Week activities and Facilities Use Agreement Events.
Professional Development - The Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP) is the state-funded training program for state employees.
Insurance Coverage – Employees can choose one of several health insurance programs sponsored through the Office of Group Benefits/Blue Cross-Blue Shield or Vantage HMO. The State of Louisiana pays a portion of the cost for group health and life insurance. Dental and vision coverage are also available.
Deferred Compensation – As a supplemental retirement savings plan for employees, the State offers a Deferred Compensation Plan for tax deferred savings.
Holidays and Leave – The University President declares 14 holidays per year.   State employees earn sick and annual leave which can be accumulated and saved for future use. Your accrual rate increases as your years of service increase.
Retirement – University Police Officers, Sergeants and Lieutenant participate in the Louisiana State Employees Retirement System.

Applications must be online.  Paper applications are no longer accepted.

For more information, please contact:
Benita Malbrough,
Office of Human Resources
Box 91615, Lake Charles, LA  70609


Additional Information:

McNeese State University, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, is a public university and a member of the University of Louisiana System. Under Louisiana law, applications and al l supporting materials will become public record. All applicants are expected to submit complete and accurate materials as specified in the position announcement. A background check and an English Proficiency assessment will be conducted on selected finalists. We comply with Louisiana Revised Statute 49:1001, et seq, and State of Louisiana Executive Order 98-38, which provides for drug testing of employees, appointees, prospective employees, and prospective appointees. Prospective employees and employees are informed if a drug test is required.

McNeese State University is an AA/EEO/ADA employer committed to excellence through diversity.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires McNeese State University to inform applicants that the University can employ only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. Each new employee is required to present documentation verifying his/her identity and right to accept employment.

McNeese State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. Under Louisiana law, applications and all supporting materials will become public record. An executive session pursuant to La. Rev. Stat. 42:6.1(A) may be required.

Persons needing reasonable accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Equal Opportunity Office: Voice: (337) 475-5428; TDD/TTY, Hearing Impaired: (337) 562-4227; Fax: (337) 475-5960; or

Instructional Faculty Candidates with foreign degrees must provide official certification of equivalency to U.S. degrees, an official comprehensive course-by-course report and U.S. Equivalency Statement, from World Education Services. The official Credential Evaluation Report and U.S. Equivalency Statement must be submitted directly to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, Box 93220, Lake Charles, LA 70609; (337)475-5508. Simple translation of the language on foreign diplomas, transcripts, coursework, or similar will NOT suffice and will cause the application packet to be judged as incomplete.