Police Officer

Richmond, VA
Virginia Commonwealth University

At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity, service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. A premier, urban, public research university nationally recognized as one of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place to work. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supported and your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leave package, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and an opportunity to do mission-driven work.

The Virginia Campus Police Act of 1976 authorized the establishment of campus police departments at the public institutions of higher learning. Officers assigned to such departments exercise the powers and duties conferred by law upon police officers of cities, towns, and counties. Officers patrol on foot, bicycle and in automobiles in and around the university to determine security of facility and detect intruders. Officers respond to complaints and requests from the University Community. Officers generate reports, arrest or administratively handle complaints. Officers generate field contacts, self initiated activities and respond to radio dispatched calls. Be a part of one of the nation’s premier campus law enforcement agencies at VCU Police. With 99 sworn officers, 25 civilian employees, and an on-campus dispatch center advancing an “all-out community policing” mission in the heart of Richmond, VCU Police offers exciting opportunities for law enforcement careers in a dynamic urban setting. VCU Police serves two campuses and a diverse population of more than 50,000 students, faculty and staff.

Anticipated Hiring Range $44,990


Successfully function both mentally and physically under stress and emergency situations. Successfully communicate both verbally and in writing. Successfully obtain certification as Campus Police Officer as required by the Department of Criminal Justice Services. Must have skill to handle firearms and operate a motor vehicle safely.

High School Diploma or GED required. Experience not required but prefers a basic concept and understanding of law enforcement fundamentals. Must have a Virginia motor vehicle driver’s license and a clear driving record. Must never have been convicted of a felony, crimes involving moral turpitude or domestic violence.

• Ability to work in a high-stress environment with a diverse population
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Willingness to work shifts with varying days off, including possible work on nights, weekends, and/or holidays
• At least 21 years of age
• Two years of college preferred.
• Possess a valid state driver’s license and a good driving record
• Must have a good credit history and clean criminal record with no convictions for felonies, domestic violence, or crimes of moral turpitude
• Must pass a physical and mental health evaluation
• Must pass a drug test, polygraph test, and written test

Required Licenses/ Certifications
Must have a Virginia motor vehicle driver’s license and a clear driving record.