Campus Police Officer I

Fitchburg MA
Fitchburg State University

Job Description:

Fitchburg State University Police Department seeks both new Police Officer candidates and Certified Police Officers for full time positions. Additionally, candidates who meet eligibility for employment, but not selected at initial review for current vacancies may be added to a hiring list for future opportunities.

Supports the campus community, while providing exceptional customer service to the students, staff and faculty in the community. Primary duties are patrolling the campus via foot, bike, and cruiser, securing and checking buildings, grounds, and adjacent areas and enforcing state laws as well as departmental rules and regulations of the institution. Works in collaboration with the local community and the Fitchburg Police and Fire Departments.

  1. Patrol buildings, grounds and adjacent areas of a state educational institution by foot or vehicle patrol.
  2. Provide education and leadership to campus constituents, while providing exceptional customer service.
  3. Enforce state laws as well as the rules and regulations of the institution; restrain or arrest suspects when necessary.
  4. Investigate incidents/crimes and handle appropriately including all related paperwork.
  5. Provide assistance to courts or grand juries in the prosecution of cases.
  6. Enforce campus traffic and safety regulations.
  7. Perform additional related work as required and assigned by supervisor.


  1. Candidates must possess a reserve police academy with an Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, with a minimum of up to one year field experience or related experience in criminal justice.  Preference will be given to academy-trained candidates that have attended a full-time SSPO or MPTC academy. (Candidates who successfully complete the probationary period for continued employment may be considered for the Massachusetts Special State Police Officer recruit academy; failure to meet the entrance requirements or successfully complete the course of training shall result in dismissal from the bargaining unit. Candidates must understand that there is a 24-month or $8000 contractual commitment following Academy Training once completed.)
  2. Ability to complete firearms training and certification per State and university requirements.
  3. Possess a current and valid Massachusetts Class D motor vehicle operator’s license.
  4. Knowledge of the principles & correct usage of the English language, including grammar/punctuation/spelling.
  5. Ability to prepare written reports of investigations, maintain accurate records and analyze data.
  6. Ability to follow and provide effective oral and written instructions in a precise, understandable manner.
  7. Ability to exercise sound judgments; maintain calm demeanor in stressful situations; make decisions and act quickly in emergency/dangerous situations, and maintain confidential information.
  8. Working knowledge of police procedures and practices and fire prevention methods; ability to recognize fire hazards.
  9. Working knowledge of the law of arrest and criminal procedure in lower courts.
  10. Working knowledge of the rules and regulations pertaining in general to the buildings and grounds of a state educational institution and the ability to apply and explain the policies and procedures to others.
  11. Ability to maintain student discipline.
  12. Ability to walk alone for long periods of time both indoors and out under varying climate conditions.
  13. Ability to work harmoniously with university staff, students and the public.
  14. Ability to perform duties with or without reasonable accommodation.
  15. Must be able to satisfactorily pass a complete background check, to include a psychological review, physical and drug screening and Criminal History Systems Board verification. (CORI check).

Note: Candidate recommended for employment will be required to take a pre-employment physical.

Additional Information:

Applicants must be 21 years of age, have a minimum of a High School diploma, or GED, and possess a current driver’s license.  Preference will be given to those with prior police experience and current certification as a MA police officer.   Positions are open until filled with reviews beginning on January 24.