Police Officer

Villanova, PA
Villanova University

Villanova University Police Officers are an integral part of the Villanova University community. With an emphasis on service and campus safety, Villanova police officers work hand-in-hand with non-sworn security officers, providing essential safety related services to students, faculty, and staff. Officers provide courtesy escorts, respond to room lockouts, and assist with medical calls, viewing these non-urgent calls as opportunities for positive interaction with members of the campus community. The Department values diversity in all its forms, and values collaboration with under-represented and minoritized groups as a path to partnership, understanding and mutual respect.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepares for daily duties; attends roll calls to obtain information relating to operations and administrative functions; reviews reports from previous shifts in preparation for patrol duties; review public safety bulletin including academic building schedules, events, special requests, and directed patrol activity.
  • Monitors radio broadcasts, performs preventative patrol and proactively engages with the University community in the course of daily patrol. Patrol may be in the form of vehicle, bicycle, or on foot.
  • Regularly checks University property and utilizes community oriented policing techniques to prevent crime and enhance the quality of life on campus.
  • Responds to emergency and non-emergency calls in a prompt, professional manner. Types of calls include fire, medical, crime reports, disturbances, requests for transports, crimes in progress, as well as burglar, fire, and panic alarms.
  • Responds to individuals in emotional or psychological crisis, recognizing signs of acute distress and taking appropriate action to ensure the safety of all involved.
  • Provides emergency first aid as needed.
  • Conducts preliminary investigations of criminal incidents and other general calls for assistance; prepares clear, accurate, and concise incident reports.
  • Assumes control of the scene prior to arrival of superior Officers or Investigators, if appropriate.
  • Interviews victims and witnesses, collecting written statements and other physical evidence.
  • Conducts searches for evidence and/or contraband through the use of a search warrant or consent when applicable.
  • Makes physical arrests, processes arrestees and initiates criminal prosecution.
  • Issues citations and prepares criminal complaints.
  • Maintains uniform, body camera, and other equipment in accordance with Departmental Policy; maintains supply of forms and other material needed to perform duties; ensures vehicle is kept in good working order; maintains weapons in accordance with departmental policy.
  • Facilitates the movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic on University property and enforces traffic and parking violations.
  • Staffs special event assignments, including athletic competitions and other campus activities and events.
  • Maintains crowd control and provides instructions and directions to event attendees and staff.
  • Acts as an information resource for visitors and community members; keeps abreast of departmental and university activities. Employs effective community service oriented techniques, ensuring positive and professional interactions are maintained with Villanova community members. Routinely interacts with residence assistants (RA) and other University faculty, staff, and students during normal patrol; sharing crime prevention information and valuable safety and security techniques.
  • Performs other duties and assists with special projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • 1 year of prior work experience.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent required.
  • PA Resident with a valid PA Driver’s License required with a good driving record. Must be able to meet and maintain VU driving privileges as outlined by Villanova’s Risk Management’s Motor Vehicle Record Policy for Drivers of University Vehicles.
  • Ability to acquire and maintain proficiency in firearms, ASP Tactical Baton, OC Pepper Spray, and handcuffing techniques.
  • Acquire and maintain adequate physical fitness as demonstrated through the ability to complete Act 120 pre-academy physical agility requirements.
  • Ability to safely operate a police vehicle in an emergency situation.
  • Knowledge of Pennsylvania Crimes Code, Vehicle Code and Rules of Criminal Procedure; Knowledge of contemporary policing and basic investigative techniques.
  • Successful completion of Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers’ Training Academy (ACT 120) or a waiver preferred. Will consider applicants who are capable of completion of said academy within one year of appointment.
  • Prior to being sworn, candidates must successfully complete the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers
  • Education and Training Commission Certification Exam.
  • Acquire and maintain first aid and CPR Certifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of safety and security practices in a college setting.
  • Knowledge of basic investigative techniques.
  • Understanding of emergency response procedures, including, but not limited to, knowledge of emergency evacuation procedures, as well as principles of Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident
  • Management System (NIMS).
  • Knowledge of emergency medical procedures.