Police Officer

Grafton, MA
Tufts University

The Tufts University Department of Public Safety is comprised of fully sworn and certified police officers, campus security officers, dispatchers, emergency management and fire safety staff. Staff are assigned to one of four campus locations, one in Medford/Somerville, two Boston campuses (Health Sciences and School of the Museum of Fine Arts – SMFA) and The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton.


  • Routinely interacting and engaging in face to face community contact with community members during their scheduled patrol activities.
  • Building partnerships and working collaboratively with stakeholders to engage in problem solving initiatives.
  • Using data to inform preventative patrol tactics and problem solving strategies.
  • Participating in crime prevention and community policing programs and activities.
  • Providing preventive, proactive patrols of university grounds, buildings, and areas owned, leased, used or occupied by Tufts University, by vehicle, on foot, or on bicycle, in order to prevent crime, address disorder and attend to the public safety needs of the university community.
  • Responding to emergency and non-emergency calls for service, providing initial incident and follow-up investigations.
  • In accordance with law, best practices and well as established policies and procedures, properly responding to and reporting incidents that are in violation of law, including arresting violators, seeking criminal summonses, testifying in a court of law and other duties associated with the criminal justice system or university rules and regulations.
  • Preserving crime scenes, collecting and preserving evidence, identifying and interviewing witnesses, suspects, and victims.
  • Enforcing the rules of the university by working in partnership with the Dean of Student Affairs Office and providing written and oral documentation of violations.
  • Rendering aid and assistance to victims, advising them of available services, and making the appropriate referrals to available resources.
  • Performing traffic direction, parking enforcement, and crowd control duties as assigned.
  • Providing first responder level medical assistance, summonsing emergency medical resources as needed.

Basic Requirements:

  • High school diploma / GED;
  • Active motor vehicle operator’s license and good driver history;
  • Ability to obtain and retain a MA Class A (large capacity) License to Carry Firearms (LTC)
  • Ability to successfully complete a Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) certified basic Police Recruit Academy and obtain and retain Special State Police (SSPO) powers in accordance with MGL Chapter 22C, section 63; Middlesex, Suffolk, and Worcester County Deputy Sheriffs powers; and applicable city and/or town special police authority as deemed necessary by the department. The incumbent will be required to successfully complete training and show proficiency in the proper use of department issued weapons and equipment, police vehicles, etc.
  • Ability to obtain MA POST Commission Certification and SSPO Warrant of Appointment, and pass a state and national background check pursuant to M.G.L. c. 6E, § 4 as a condition of employment. This background check includes a check of Criminal Offender Record Information on all prospective employees as a condition of their employment.
  • Ability to clearly communicate using the police radio, telephone, and in person; basic data entry and computer skills; ability to use Excel, Word, and Outlook at the basic level. Ability to use mobile data terminals (MDT’s), and associated department software and records management systems.
  • The position requires excellent written and oral communication skills; strong ability to write clear and concise reports; the ability to organize and engage in problem solving activities; a strong commitment to prevention and the community policing philosophy; The ability to protect and serve in a diverse community while exercising sound judgement and to take fair and impartial law enforcement actions that are free from bias. Must be prevention and service oriented, dependable, honest, and ethical.
  • Ability to interpret and enforce laws and regulations firmly, tactfully and impartially and apply strategic thinking to individual situations.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of police authority and jurisdiction, constitutional law, and criminal law
  • Attention to detail. The ability to carefully and completely conduct investigations and documents actions in written reports.
  • Prior to appointment, selected candidates will be required to pass a comprehensive background investigation, including drug testing and a comprehensive psychological evaluation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or related higher education degree from an accredited institution of higher education; certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), certified First Responder.