Police Officer

Chicago, IL
Saint Xavier University Public Safety

Has the sworn duty to protect life and property, prevent crime, apprehend criminals, and enforce the ordinances of the City of Chicago, County of Cook, and laws of the State of Illinois. Perform vehicular and foot patrols, investigates criminal activity, enforce traffic and parking regulations; conducts a variety of crime prevention activities to protect life and property and responds to emergencies.

Must embrace the philosophy of Community Policing and be willing to interact and work with members of the University community on a daily basis in an effort to proactively address their concerns. Recommends law enforcement and security programs, policies, techniques, or procedures that reflect our commitment to the University’s Mission and Core Values.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Safely operate department equipment on patrol; make periodic interior and exterior premise checks of University grounds to determine existence of unusual or hazardous conditions; take appropriate action when such conditions are detected; assist with investigations of suspicious persons, places or things.
  • Run, walk, stand for long periods of time, climb, stoop, and lift and carry equipment and injured or persons or animals required.
  • Obey lawful orders of superiors; perform appropriate tasks and duties assigned by supervisor or designee.
  • Learn, correctly apply and adhere to University Police Department rules, regulations, general orders, policies, practices and procedures.
  • Work independently or as a team member and make sound decisions with minimal direction and under stressful circumstances.
  • Promptly answer radio calls; and promptly respond to assigned calls for police service.
  • Prepare clear, accurate, and complete reports and document activities both verbally and in writing.
  • Review and record necessary and pertinent information at roll call; be properly groomed and maintain equipment and uniform in neat, orderly manner; and inspect assigned vehicle for proper equipment and/or damage prior to leaving for patrol.
  • Assist with accident and criminal investigations; protect accident or crime scenes; help aid the injured; help control traffic and/or the public; collect and preserve evidence; observe interviews of witnesses and suspects; help determine the cause of accident; prepare accurate reports and/or diagrams; and observe issuance of citations and arrests.
  • Support Certified Police Officers to: identify, pursue, apprehend, and assist in the prosecution of persons who violate federal, state and local laws, statutes and ordinances; restrain resisting individuals; search arrested persons; administer specialized tests to determine illegal drug or alcohol consumption; seize contraband; transport arrested persons to police facility; make warrant inquiries; fingerprint suspects; and appear and testify in court as a witness or an arresting officer.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge skill, and/or required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Associate degree in Criminal Justice, Police Administration, Public Administration, or related field with coursework in police science, police administration, criminal justice, or law enforcement preferred.
  • Experience in public safety, or law enforcement is preferred.
  • Candidates with policing experience either working for, or in a jurisdiction routinely servicing, an institution of higher education; or community policing liaison officer are preferred.
  • Currently certified or eligible for immediate re-certification, as an Illinois Peace Officer, by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.
  • Must be eligible for, or possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States of America.
  • Selection process could include a panel interview, psychological assessment, physical assessment, drug screening and an extensive background investigation.