What does a Public Safety Officer do?

Public safety officers serve the public and provide services to local entities including police, firefighting, and rescue squats. They also provide public safety and law enforcement services at facilities including universities or state buildings. Public safety officers patrol assigned areas to observe and investigate suspicious behavior. They are responsible for law enforcement and apprehending suspects, and preparing incident reports. Public safety officers ensure the people and property on their designated watch are safe and respond to calls and investigate and report suspicious incidents and activities.

Public safety officers involved in an incident will secure and record evidence and interview bystanders, witnesses, and victims, and when fitting, they assist in apprehending suspects and perpetrators. They are responsible for preparing accident and crime reports and helping the public with criminal and civil issues or questions and concerns. At public gatherings, they direct traffic and maintain order. Public safety officers need a minimum high school diploma or equivalency, including a GED and certification as a law enforcement officer.

Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Public Safety Officer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$1,875 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $2K
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Public Safety Officer Career Path

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Ouachita Baptist UniversityOuachita Baptist University
Public Safety Officer
23 Mar 2021

“The pay was alright but could have been better given the task I was assigned.”

Louisville Metro GovernmentLouisville Metro Government
Public Safety
13 Jul 2020

“Good People Friends For Life”

Owensboro Community & Technical CollegeOwensboro Community & Technical College
Public Safety Officer
10 Sep 2021

“Excellent boss and I enjoyed my co”

SafraPay USSafraPay US
Chief People Officer
17 Sep 2020

“Our benefits are great and I feel part of a family here.”

University of MiamiUniversity of Miami
Public Safety Officer
17 Jul 2021

“Great networking opportunities to expand your education and career.”

The Institution of Environmental SciencesThe Institution of Environmental Sciences
Publications Officer
4 Feb 2020

“Opportunities to work outside your role and learn about other aspects of the organisation.”

Eastern Virginia Medical SchoolEastern Virginia Medical School
Public Safety
6 Nov 2019

“Everyone I have encountered thus far has been fantastic to work with”

First Coast SecurityFirst Coast Security
Public Safety Officer
18 Mar 2021

“Not enough pay for anybody that really wants to work in this kind of work”

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