Villanova University Police Officers are responsible for the operational law enforcement functions of the Department of Public Safety. Police officers are expected to protect life and property, preserve the peace, maintain good order, and respond to calls for service. University police officers enforce both the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well as the regulations and code of conduct of Villanova University relating to safety and security. Officers conduct routine patrol by vehicle, on bicycle, and on foot and respond to general calls for service, in addition to emergency calls. Officers monitor vehicular and pedestrian traffic on University property and enforce motor vehicle laws in furtherance of vehicular and pedestrian safety. Officers also investigate crimes, complete detailed written reports, and testify in court when needed.
• Prepares for daily duties; attends roll calls to obtain information relating to operations and administrative functions; reviews reports from previous shifts in preparation for patrol duties; review public safety bulletin including academic building schedules, events, special requests, and directed patrol activity.
• Monitors radio broadcasts, performs preventative patrol and proactively engages with the University community in the course of daily patrol. Patrol may be in the form of vehicle, bicycle, or on foot.
• Regularly checks University property and utilizes community oriented policing techniques to prevent crime and enhance the quality of life on campus.
• Responds to emergency and non-emergency calls in a prompt, professional manner. Types of calls include fire, medical, crime reports, disturbances, requests for transports, crimes in progress, as well as burglar, fire, and panic alarms.
• Responds to individuals in emotional or psychological crisis, recognizing signs of acute distress and taking appropriate action to ensure the safety of all involved.
• Provides emergency first aid as needed.
• Conducts preliminary investigations of criminal incidents and other general calls for assistance; prepares clear, accurate, and concise incident reports.
• Assumes control of the scene prior to arrival of superior Officers or Investigators, if appropriate.
• Interviews victims and witnesses, collecting written statements and other physical evidence.
• Conducts searches for evidence and/or contraband through the use of a search warrant or consent when applicable.
• Makes physical arrests, processes arrestees and initiates criminal prosecution.
• Issues citations and prepares criminal complaints.
• Must be 21 years of age or older.
• High School Diploma or equivalent required.
• PA Resident with a valid PA Driver’s License required with a good driving record and no traffic violations. Must be able to meet and maintain VU driving privileges as outlined by Villanova’s Risk Management’s Motor Vehicle Record Policy for Driver’s of University Vehicles.
• Ability to acquire and maintain proficiency in firearms, ASP Tactical Baton, OC Pepper Spray, and handcuffing techniques.
Acquire and maintain adequate physical fitness as demonstrated through the ability to complete Act 120 pre-academy physical agility requirements.
• Ability to safely operate a police vehicle in an emergency situation.
• Knowledge of Pennsylvania Crimes Code, Vehicle Code and Rules of Criminal Procedure; Knowledge of contemporary policing and basic investigative techniques.
• Successful completion of Pennsylvania Act 235 Lethal Weapons Course and license or attainment of licensure within one year of appointment.
• Successful completion of Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers’ Training Academy (ACT 120) or a waiver preferred. Will consider applicants who are capable of completion of said academy within one year of appointment.
• Prior to being sworn, candidates must successfully complete the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission Certification Exam.
Acquire and maintain first aid and CPR Certifications.
• Knowledge of safety and security practices in a college setting.
• Knowledge of basic investigative techniques.
• Understanding of emergency response procedures, including, but not limited to, knowledge of emergency evacuation procedures, as well as principles of Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS).
• Knowledge of emergency medical procedures.