Police Officer

Winston-Salem, NC
Wake Forest University

Position Summary:

The Police Officer performs a variety of duties to protect members of the University community from harm; provides a high degree of security for University property, and that of students, employees, and visitors. Assists in all types of emergency situations and assures orderly movement of traffic on campus. Enforces North Carolina State Laws and City Ordinances.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols University property on foot, bicycle, or in a vehicle to protect lives and property.
  • Conducts investigations of all accidents, crimes, and incidents by interviewing victims, witnesses, and suspects, through the identification and collection of physical evidence, searching persons, vehicles, and other premises in accordance with legal guidelines.
  • Responds to all emergency calls including potentially violent and life-threatening situations.
  • Provides crime prevention strategies; inspects University property for safety hazards, equipment malfunctions, unsecured doors, or other unusual occurrences; refers victims to appropriate services; provides directions, escorts, vehicle, and door unlock assistance, operates necessary equipment.
  • Enforces state laws, city ordinances, and University regulations.
  • Responds to fire, intrusion, and security alarms and emergency call boxes.
  • Integrates Community Policing into routine patrol activity and utilizes COPS concepts to resolve problems.
  • Responds to radio communications.
  • Renders immediate and temporary medical aid to injured and/or ill persons in emergency situations.
  • Intervenes and diffuses crisis situations as non-violently as possible.
  • Documents all activities and prepares written reports as required by departmental policy.
  • Prosecutes offenders as necessary by filing criminal charges, referral to the appropriate University authorities, or through other measures such as trespassing non-students.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Takes corrective actions for violators of crimes or policies and investigates cases as assigned.
  • Utilizes SARA model of Community Policing in a collaborative manner to develop, implement, and deliver efficient and effective law enforcement and community services.
  • Attends and represents the University as assigned at various meetings, events, etc.
  • Works special assignments.
  • Prepares and presents testimony in criminal, traffic, judicial hearings, and grand jury.
  • Attends advanced and specialized training activities.


  • High school diploma plus specialized training with two years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Valid driver’s license with good driving record. Must be insurable.
  • Must meet all requirements to become certified as a Law Enforcement Officer in accordance with the provisions of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission (Basic Law Enforcement Training [BLET] certification).
  • Will be required to work rotating shifts of eight, ten, and twelve hours, including holidays, weekends, and overtime and in adverse weather conditions as needed.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Sworn law enforcement experience in a campus environment.
  • Knowledge of Federal laws, North Carolina General Statutes, Winston-Salem City ordinances and Wake Forest University policies.
  • Effective communication skills (oral and written) and ability to interact in a courteous and professional manner with the public, representatives of the legal system, Police Department personnel, University officials, faculty, staff, students, and visitors.
  • Ability to prepare written reports of activities and incidents with accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to act and direct the actions of others quickly and make intelligent decisions in emergency situations.
  • Ability to maintain considerable working knowledge of modern policing principles.
  • Ability to adapt to an often-changing work schedule, which may include days, nights, weekends, and holidays.