Police Officer

Georgetown, TX
Southwestern University

Position Summary:

Southwestern University is accepting applications for a Police Officer (nights) position. This position provides a safe environment for students, faculty/staff, and visitors by vehicle or foot patrol. The Police Officer responds to emergencies; assists responding emergency units; and enforces city, county, state, and Federal laws. The Police Officer also ensures that University policies and procedures are followed and promotes the philosophy of the University. This a full-time, fully benefited, non-exempt position who reports to the Chief of Police.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrol campus grounds by vehicle or foot to prevent crime, enforce policy, laws, and provide a safe environment.
  • Conduct security checks of academic buildings, student residences, and all other University buildings and property.
  • Assist in locking and unlocking buildings.
  • Respond to emergency calls, routine complaints and disturbances, conduct investigations, and submit appropriate reports.
  • Assist with special events for all University or community events on or off campus.
  • Perform any other educational, investigative, technical and law enforcement duties as may be assigned.
  • Perform individual special assignments (crime prevention, training, traffic, etc.)
  • Appear and testify in court as necessary.
  • Maintain high visibility, perform police community relation activities by being available to assist staff, students, and visitors, promoting a positive image of the University and the Police Department.
  • Monitor campus surroundings and make recommendations for crime prevention.
  • Keep records of activities, prepare reports and documentation concerning crimes, complaints.
  • Assist other state, county, federal, and local agencies.
  • Make daily bank deposits for University business office.
  • Perform simple maintenance on department vehicles.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws.
  • Knowledge of police department rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of the use and care of vehicles, firearms, and specialized equipment.
  • Skill to drive necessary vehicles adeptly.
  • Ability to attend and understand police officer training courses.
  • Ability to maintain Intermediate Peace Officer certification or above.
  • Possess a Texas driver’s license and a good driving record.
  • Ability to read and comprehend procedure manuals, reports, memos, laws, statutes and ordinances.
  • Ability to write accurate and coherent reports.
  • Ability to comprehend basic math.
  • Ability to analyze situations and adopt a quick, effective, and reasonable course of action.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including a strong work ethic.
  • Willingness to adhere to the University’s core values.
  • Possess excellent interaction and communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Have knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of cultural differences and the diversity within the campus and community.
  • Demonstrated professional manner with all internal and external University constituencies.
  • Ability to be flexible, adjust to fluctuating priorities, and produce reliable work product.
  • Proven ability to perform well in stressful situations.
  • Ability and willingness to travel utilizing standard, commercial, and/or personal modes of transportation.
  • Understanding and commitment to a liberal arts education, including the ability to relate to a liberal arts faculty.
  • Ability to attend work consistently and maintain a regular work schedule.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Some college work in criminal justice, psychology, or a related field, and/or previous police experience OR any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Advanced certification by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) and appropriate Texas driver’s license.