Police Officer

West Lafayette, IN
Purdue University

Job Summary
As a Police Officer for Purdue University you will observe for and investigate complaints of criminal activity, e.g., missing persons, disturbances, traffic problems, crowd problems, etc. Secure and examine crime scenes, and interview victims, witnesses, suspects and offenders. Generate detailed case reports. Investigate traffic crashes and complete required reports. Resolve disputes or disturbances and restore order. Provide police services, traffic control, and assistance to other law enforcement agencies as needed. Provide traffic control, crowd control and security at sporting and special events. Actively support and participate in the community policing philosophy of the department. Provide appropriate police services with emphasis in the parking enforcement area by enforcing Indiana State laws and University rules and regulations as they pertain to parking.


  • High school diploma/GED
  • Must successfully complete the 40-hr Pre-Basic and Basic training courses through the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) within the first twelve months of employment
  • Must successfully complete the Purdue Probationary Officer Training and the Purdue Field Training Program within the first twelve months of employment
  • A strong commitment to customer service and use of good judgment
  • Strong interpersonal relationship and public relations skills
  • Strong conflict resolution skills and problem solving ability
  • Ability to adapt and react to unusual conditions and work effectively under pressure
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to maintain Indiana Police Officer certification including completion of 24 hours of continuing education annually
  • Must be physically and mentally capable of performing all duties of a police officer
  • Must successfully complete the Purdue Police Officer Physical Abilities Test annually
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • A valid Indiana driver’s license and United States citizenship
  • Must be able to maintain a valid Indiana Driver’s license


  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or related area
  • One year of experience in public safety or law enforcement
  • Bilingual communication skills