Patrol Officer

Indiana, PA
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Salary: $49,594.00 Annually.

Open until filled

Position Summary:

An employee in this classification provides police services and protection to State System property, grounds, facilities, clientele, employees and the general public. This is basic police services work that includes the provision of routine and customary police services under the direction of a higher ranking police officer or a chief of the police department on the IUP campus.

The work requires Commonwealth of Pennsylvania basic police academy certification and involves making routine decisions and performing actions limited to those guided by standard police procedures, statutes, case law and general university policies and procedures.

Employees in this classification are commissioned police officers and have the same authority as municipal police officers in Pennsylvania. All assignments in this classification involve responsibility for recognizing the social importance of police functions, for tactful and courteous treatment of the general public, and for conscientious and efficient performance of duties under little direct supervision. Work is reviewed by a higher classified police officer or Department Director through personal inspection and review of reports.

The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Police Department seeks to promote and support a department-wide commitment and philosophy to continuous improvement in public safety service delivery through collaborative partnerships, shared decision-making and development of mutual trust and respect with the campus community. Our Mission is to provide a public service-oriented safe and secure academic, working and living environment in support of the University’s overarching mission to prepare students to become productive national and world citizens.

Essential Functions:

  1. Ability to travel to field locations and meeting/training sites by motor vehicle when required.
  2. Communicate both orally and in writing to issue, receive and carry out instructions and orders effectively and to convey information to a variety of co-workers and the general public.
  3. Use a variety of common office machines such as telephones, calculators, copiers, computer terminals, keyboards, video display terminals, auxiliary printers and similar equipment.
  4. Perform manual duties such as lifting and carrying various weight limits.
  5. Operate office equipment which may require stooping, kneeling, bending, stretching and prolonged standing.
  6. Provide assistance and guidance to internal and external customers.
  7. Follow oral and written instructions.


  • Formal training in the provisions of basic police services as certified through Act 120 training.
  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Possession of a valid Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle operator’s license.
  • All certifications must be kept current.

Preferred Requirements:

  • A strong background in community oriented policing and crime prevention.
  • Experience as a patrol officer with a university/college.