23-173 Police Patrol Officer - Public Safety Department
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Higher Education Institution
Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s Public Safety Department invites applicants for Police Patrol Officer positions.
West Chester University has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community.
This position provides police services and protection to West Chester University students, employees, property, grounds, facilities, clientele, and the public in a fair and impartial manner. Public Safety’s mission is to work in partnership with the West Chester University community to provide a safe and secure learning, living, and working environment. The department endeavors to foster an atmosphere in which officers provide a prompt, professional presence to remain aware of and responsive to the diverse community in which they serve, while justly enforcing the rules and regulations of the University and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Public Safety Department is committed to upholding the University mission of fostering leadership for the common good by providing a safe and secure learning, living, and working environments for all members of our vibrant and diverse community. The patrol officer works under the direction of the Director of Public Safety or his/her designee.
This position requires the ability to work rotating shifts as assigned. Must be able to work nights, weekends, and overtime. All certifications must be kept current. Ability to meet such qualifications regarding strength, agility, and health as may be required.
Investigate criminal incidents and missing persons cases, act as custodian of personal property and evidence being held for court presentation and maintain proper records of property, evidence, and automobiles held or impounded
Conduct high visibility patrols of the campus, either on foot or by vehicle, and/or bike to ensure the security of facilities and the safety of students, staff, and visitors; prevent and deter crime by observation and confrontation of unusual circumstances and individuals
Take enforcement action and make apprehensions as required; complete all necessary documentation including preparation of summonses or warrants, affidavits, reports, referrals, and arrest paperwork; notify supervisors of all enforcement related actions
Respond to calls for assistance, fire, burglary alarms, and emergencies on campus
Complete and file reports
Assist other local law enforcement at the direction of the senior officer
Provide security and law enforcement services at University events and provide transportation to students and other visitors to campus
File charges for violations of Commonwealth laws and/or enforce vehicle code violations
Direct traffic, enforce parking regulations, make arrests, serve warrants, transport prisoners, take fingerprints, transport funds for University deposits
Testify in court and attend arraignments and hearings
Perform building checks for safety hazards, mechanical problems, failures, and other deficiencies; and perform other related police duties as assigned
The ideal candidate possesses knowledge of the Commonwealth Crimes Code and Vehicle Code, modern police tactics and a firm understanding of the law enforcement guardianship mentality
The ideal candidate must embrace the concept of fair and impartial enforcement by providing a prompt, professional presence to remain aware of and responsive to the diverse community in which they serve with respect for the rights of our diverse community
Applicant must be Act 120 certified and/or have Act 120 certification by anticipated hire date and have one year of police experience; Act 120 certification qualifies as one year of police experience
Must possess a valid Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle operator's license
Knowledge of laws, rules and regulations governing motor vehicle operation and personal conduct for employees or visitors at commonwealth facilities
Individuals will employ independent judgment with some supervision
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
Candidates must apply online at https://www.schooljobs.com/careers/wcupa. Electronic application allows for cover letter and resume attachments. All applications for this position must be submitted via our online application/resume system ONLY. Please do not fax, mail, or e-mail any documentation.
The salary for this position is determined by the POA Collective Bargaining Agreement. External applicants will be offered the minimum rate of pay for this position which is currently $49,594annually.
Applicants must successfully complete interview process to be considered as a finalist.
Successful interview, reference checks, background clearances (PA Criminal, Child Abuse Clearance & FBI Clearance), and demonstration of ability are requisite qualifications for all positions. Please note, post offer/pre-employment physical/psychological testing are required & would be paid for by the University.
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.
West Chester University (WCU) of Pennsylvania is among the top regional comprehensive public universities in the nation, serving more than 17,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a national reputation for excellence, value, and student success. Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester offers more than 118 undergraduate and 103 graduate programs in more than 50 fields of study. In addition to the main campus in West Chester, the University offers programs through its graduate center, the Philadelphia campus, and online. Five colleges and two schools comprise the University: Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and the Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the School of Music, and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Located in Chester County (25 miles from downtown Philadelphia) the area combines the best of enjoyable daily living with easy access to the full spectrum of country and city attractions. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.