Police Officer

Dayton, OH
University of Dayton

Open until filled

Position Summary:

Under the guidance and supervision of a superior officer who is a member of the Police Division of the Department of Public Safety Police Officer is charged to render protection and assistance to the lives and property of the University of Dayton and its citizens. Further, the Police Officer reports and investigates, where appropriate, infractions of university rules and regulations, state law and city ordinances, in compliance with proper interdepartmental chain of command and state law. The Police Officer provides community services appropriate to the well being of the members of the university community according to department policies and procedures. Provide safety and/or medical escorts and other general services, including locking and unlocking buildings and rooms, to University community members.


  • Must possess an Ohio Peace Officer Certification through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA).
  • Be able to effect an arrest using force if necessary, use weapons, hands, and feet and other approved self-defense weapons.
  • Must possess leadership skills, problem-solving skills, the ability to develop long-range goals and objectives, and strong communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must possess a valid Ohio driver’s license.
  • Must maintain a qualifying firearms score.
  • Be able to effect an arrest using force if necessary, use weapons, hands, and feet and other approved self-defense weapons.
  • Must be able to write reports, including sketches and diagrams using appropriate English and grammar.
  • Must be able to take photographs when required.
  • Must be able to type accurately on a computer keyboard.
  • Must be able to gather information, interview victims, witnesses, and suspects.
  • Exercise reasonable judgment in determining probable cause to arrest, search or use force.
  • Must be able to operate a patrol cruiser including rapid entrance and exits as well as at night or in fog, snow, rain, or other such conditions. Must be able to communicate effectively, and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while responding to the communication.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in court and other formal settings.
  • Must be able to pursue fleeing suspects and perform rescue operations which may require lifting, carrying, dragging, and climbing.
  • Must be able to engage in law enforcement patrol functions which include walking and standing for long hours in all kinds of inclement and severe weather.
  • Must be able to perform searches of people, vehicles, and buildings and conduct visual and audio surveillance.
  • Must be able to endure verbal and mentally challenging situations.
  • Must be able to process and transport prisoners, including those who are mentally or physically impaired.
  • Must be able to operate or use a gas mask, fire extinguisher (used to extinguish small fires), and other safety equipment.
  • Must be able to read and comprehend legal documents.
  • The successful applicant must pass a normal background check, psychological testing, polygraph exam, and drug screening; no conviction record(s) for a felony, domestic violence, or crime of moral turpitude.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Ohio Peace Officer Certificate.
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university.
  • Proficiency in problem-solving.
  • Ability to think critically and operate judiciously under pressure.
  • Military experience with an honorable discharge.