Patrol Officer

West Chester University of Pennsylvania


This position provides police services and protection to West Chester University students, employees, property, grounds, facilities, clientele, and the general public in a fair and impartial manner. This is basic police services work that includes that provision of routine and customary police services. The patrol officer works under the direction of the Director of Public Safety or his/her designee. Duties include: investigates criminal incidents and missing persons cases; acts as custodian of personal property and evidence being held for court presentation and maintains proper records of property, evidence, and automobiles held or impounded; patrols campus property and buildings by foot, vehicle, and/or bike; responds to calls for assistance, fire, burglary alarms, and emergencies on campus; completes and files reports; assists other local law enforcement at the direction of the senior officer; provides security and law enforcement services at University events; provides transportation to students and other visitors to campus; files charges for violations of Commonwealth laws and/or enforces vehicle code violations; directs traffic, enforces parking regulations, makes arrests, serves warrants, transports prisoners, takes fingerprints, transports funds for University deposits, testifies in court, attends arraignments and hearings; performs building checks for safety hazards, mechanical problems, and failures and other deficiencies; and performs other related police duties as assigned. The ideal candidate possesses knowledge of Commonwealth Crimes Code and Vehicle Code, modern police tactics and a firm understand of the law enforcement guardianship mentality. A successful candidate must embrace the concept of fair and impartial enforce with respect for the rights of others. This position requires the ability to work overtime as well as any shift.

Minimum Qualifications

Selection Criteria: Minimum Education & Training:
One year of police experience and formal training in the provisions of basic police services as certified through Act 120 training or any equivalent experience or training. Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license and the ability to meet such qualifications regarding strength, agility and health will be required.

The physical agility testing will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Farrell Stadium at 8:00 a.m. This is the first stage of the hiring process. You must attend the physical agility testing in order to be considered.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Knowledge of laws, rules and regulations governing motor vehicle operation and personal conduct for employees or visitors at commonwealth facilities.
Knowledge of Commonwealth provisions for emergency situations.
Knowledge of modern police tactics and community engagement practices
Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations and to determine proper courses of action.
Ability to enforce laws and regulations fairly while maintaining a respectful demeanor.
Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
Experience working with: college-age population; parking; crowd control, preferred.
Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online at Electronic application allows for cover letter and resume attachments.

Applicants must successfully complete interview process to be considered as a finalist.

Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU’s educational mission. The University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer encouraging diversity. Women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment criminal background checks.

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