Police Officer Recruit

Agency: University of North Texas Police Department

Location: Denton TX

Industry: Protective Service

Occupational Category: Law Enforcement


Requisition Number                  152692  

Position Number                        00005711  

Department                                 Police Services - 152500  

Is this an internal posting only?    No  

Work Schedule                          12 - Hour Shifts - Hours Vary as Needed  


Department Overview              

The University of North Texas Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency serving the University of North Texas (UNT) community, a 37,000 student public institution of higher education within the Dallas/Fort Worth region. 

The UNT Police Department is among only 7% of law enforcement agencies nationwide to have earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). The UNT Police Department is additionally accredited by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). This dual accreditation helps to ensure the University of North Texas Police Department operates in accordance with over 500 best practice standards to offer the UNT community the highest level of professional law enforcement.  

Job Description                         

The Police Services Department at the University of North Texas is seeking to hire a Police Officer Recruit/Police Officer to join our team. 

PLEASE NOTE: Completion of the Personal History Statement (PHS) is a requirement for this position. Please visit http://police.unt.edu/Process.html prior to submitting your online application. Failure to complete the PHS within 14 days of the online application will be considered a candidate withdrawal from the process. 

This position may be filled at the Police Officer Recruit (unlicensed) or Police Officer (TCOLE licensed) level, depending on the candidate's previous law enforcement training and experience. Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to: 

* New officers attend the Basic Peace Officer Course, if not previously licensed, and participate in the police department's field training officer (FTO) program from eight (8) to seventeen (17) weeks, depending upon their prior experience level. Upon completion of the FTO program, officers are assigned to a patrol shift and work under the general supervision of a shift supervisor (Police Sergeant). 

* During FTO and while assigned to the patrol division, the officer performs all duties normally associated with employment as a licensed police officer including: preventive patrol; arrest, search & seizure; traffic enforcement; crash investigation; public safety and service; investigation of criminal incidents; and maintaining public order on the University campus and surrounding area. The officer is responsible for enforcement of criminal laws, ordinances, traffic laws, and the enforcement of University regulations which specifically pertain to the behavior and welfare of students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Work involves patrolling the campus area and surrounding jurisdiction by vehicle, bicycle, and foot, both day and night.. The officer must exercise good judgment and utilize discretion when dealing with violators of laws and University regulations. The officer must be willing to work special assignments and be on call in time of crisis or emergency. 

* Incumbents may also be assigned to specialized functions such as criminal investigation, canine unit, traffic enforcement, narcotics, specialized task force participation, administration, or other specialized duties. Officers regularly participate in University events and provide police and security services at a variety of special events; including, athletic events, dances, parties, concerts, seminars, speaking engagements, student activities, etc. 

The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit - and takes actions to prevent - discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence), and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate. 

The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing.  


Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma/GED equivalent. Must be at least 21 years of age, or at least 18 years of age and meet one of the following requirements: have at least 60 completed credit hours of study at an accredited college or university, or received an associate's degree from an accredited college or university, or received an honorable discharge from the United States armed forces after at least two years of active service.


The following knowledge, skills, and abilities are required: 

* Meet or exceed all police officer licensing requirements established by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). 
* Good moral character and ability to furnish acceptable character references. 
* Understanding of and willingness to abide by the Police Officers Code of Ethics. 
* Physical ability to perform police officer (Law Enforcement) duties. 
* Possess valid Texas Driver's License or obtain within thirty (30) days of employment. 
* Ability and willingness to work long or irregular hours, on various and changing shifts, sometimes under severe emotional stress and inclement weather. 
* Exercise good judgment and utilize tact and courtesy when working with the public under frequently stressful conditions. 
* Ability to react quickly and effectively under emergency (high stress) situations. 
* Demonstrate professional demeanor and superior oral communication skills. 
* Ability to formulate effective solutions to problem situations in accordance with statutes, regulations, and training. 
* Knowledge of safety and security precautions appropriate to work performed.  

Preferred Qualifications           The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications: 

* Bachelor's Degree in business, criminal justice, sociology, computer science or related field. 
* Bilingual English/Spanish.  

Special Instructions to Applicants            * Applicants must submit a resume with their online application. 

* For further instructions and to download a personal history statement please visit the UNT Police website at http://police.unt.edu/Process.html. 

* Applications will be accepted until a qualified pool of applicants is identified. 

* Please note that this vacancy may be filled as either the police officer recruit or the police officer position. 

* PLEASE NOTE: Completion of the Personal History Statement (PHS) is a requirement for this position. Please visit http://police.unt.edu/Process.html prior to submitting your online application. Failure to complete the PHS within 14 days of the online application will be considered a candidate withdrawal from the process.  


Is this a security sensitive position?         Yes  

Driving a University Vehicle?  Yes  

Job Close Date                          Open Until Filled

Pay Rate                                     Commensurate with Experience  

Pay Basis                                    Monthly  

Job Type                                      Full-time Permanent  


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