Police Officer

Richmond, VA
Virginia Commonwealth University

Salary: $58,000.

Position Summary:

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 95 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. The VCU Police Department has a competitive starting salary and a generous package of state benefits, including tuition waiver with up to 2 classes per semester, for officers wishing to pursue higher education.


  • 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.
  • 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 with a high school diploma or GED.
  • Possess a valid state driver’s license and a good driving record.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • A credit history check 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.
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment or commitment to do so as a staff member at VCU.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Two years or more of college.