Police Officer

Bethlehem, PA
Lehigh University

Salary: $64,000.

Open until filled

Position Summary:

Lehigh University Police Officer’s patrol assigned campus areas on foot, in patrol car, or on bicycle to control traffic, prevent crime or disturbance of peace and arrest violators. Officers provide the University community with a safe and secure environment in which to live, work and learn and ensure the security of all Campus buildings and residential housing.

Essential Functions:

  • Provides routine safety, security and enforcement services to the campus.
  • Patrols campus grounds by vehicle, foot or other means-completes daily assignments without supervision.
  • Checks and secures buildings, maintenance and safety issues and responds to alarms.
  • Warns and/or arrests violators.
  • Issues tickets for traffic/vehicular/parking violations.
  • Knows, understands and follows all Department and University policies and procedures.
  • Maintains annual proficiency with firearms training and defensive tactics.
  • Investigate crimes, accidents, and/or other incidents.
  • Investigates accident scene to obtain clues and gather evidence, questions suspects, witnesses and/or victims.
  • Provides follow-up contact with victims and/or suspects in all crimes.
  • Prepares incident reports/criminal complaints.
  • Arrests or assists in arrest of criminal and/or suspect.
  • Prepares assigned cases for court and testifies as necessary.
  • Interacts with outside agencies such as the district attorney’s office or contracted services.
  • Emergency Response.
  • First responder for all types of campus emergencies: accidents, behavioral, criminal, fire, medical, etc.
  • Administers emergency medical assistance.
  • Obtains witness and/or victim information.
  • Provides urgent and necessary patient information to responders.
  • Directs individuals to and from scene including campus responders, ambulance, Fire Department, personnel, etc.
  • Maintains NIMS certification.
  • Crime Prevention and Community Outreach.
  • Participates in crime prevention activities and initiatives for students and/or other campus constituents.
  • May provide advice or guidance to campus constituents regarding crime prevention.
  • Makes community contacts while on duty. Establishes rapport with students, faculty, staff and visitors.
  • May act as Department Instructor for various topics.
  • Provides assistance services to campus constituents – e.g., building lockouts, jump starts, keys locked in vehicles, etc.
  • Paperwork/Administration.
  • Documents police activities and issues – i.e., writes/files daily activity reports, maintains daily log sheet, and writes incident/accident reports.
  • Ensure follow-up reports are completed in a timely manner.
  • Makes bank deposits or provide transportation (for bank deposits) for University departments.
  • Handles all court and off-duty functions.
  • Spare uniform is available in the event of an emergency.
  • Maintains all Department issued equipment and vehicles and reports maintenance issues.
  • Maintains service weapon per Department standards.
  • Knows all related federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.
  • Stays informed of knowledge relating to administrative activities.


  • High school diploma or GED is required.
  • ACT 120 Certification is required.
  • One to three years related work experience.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent decision-making skills.
  • Solid computer skills with experience using word processing and spreadsheet software.
  • Successful completion of standard background checks including but not limited to: social security verification, education verification, national criminal background checks, motor vehicle checks, PATCH, FBI fingerprinting, Child Abuse Clearance and credit history based upon the requirements of the position.