23-144 Police Patrol Officer (Two Vacancies) - 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.
To be considered for the position of Police Patrol Officer, applicants are required to attend a mandatory physical agility testing held on Saturday, April 8th, 2023 at 8 AM at Farrell Stadium.
WCU proudly offers a positive and purposeful work environment; comprehensive employee benefits including health, vision, and dental insurance along with many wellness programs; generous retirement plans; a commitment to work-life balance including generous paid vacation, paid sick time, military leave and paid time off for most major holidays; and a University mission to support employee personal and professional growth including a tuition waiver for self and family members, training and development, and advancement opportunities. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.
The members of the Department of Public Safety are committed to enhancing the university experience by maintaining a safe, orderly, and inviting environment for our diverse students, employees and guests to study, work and enjoy all of what the university has to offer. In partnership with our community, we are committed to being campus guardians and serving our community by treating all with inclusion, respect, compassion, and fairness 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.
Under the direction of the Director of Public Safety or the Director’s designee, the Patrol Officer provides police services and protection to West Chester University students, employees, property, grounds, facilities, clientele, and the public in a fair and impartial manner.
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. A successful 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.
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 deters 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, 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, attend arraignments and hearings
Perform building checks for safety hazards, mechanical problems, and failures and other deficiencies
Perform other related police duties as assigned
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
Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license
The ability to meet such qualifications regarding strength, agility and health will be required
Must be at least 21 years of age and a United States citizen to receive Police Commissioning
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, and crowd control is preferred
Applicants must successfully complete the agility testing and interview process to be considered as a finalist.
This position requires the ability to work rotating shifts as assigned.
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.
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.