Police Officer

Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Tech

Job Description

The Public Safety Division at Virginia Tech is comprised of the Police Department, Environmental Health & Safety, and the Office of Emergency Management and has a critical role in supporting the well-being of our community. We are essential in planning for and responding to emergency events, and in creating a culture of preparedness where employees and students are safe in their work and living environments.

Police Officers at Virginia Tech protect and serve a diverse University community. Responsibilities include: investigating motor vehicle accidents, personal injuries, and criminal matters; enforcement of state and federal laws and University policies; preparation of reports; courtroom testimony; traffic direction and crowd control; response to emergency situations; extended foot patrol; working a rotating shift that includes weekends, nights, and holidays; reporting for duty in adverse weather conditions and/or when the university is otherwise closed (“Emergency Personnel”); and adhering to all criteria established for a Nationally Accredited Police Department.

Police Officers also perform other duties as requested by supervisor, take initiative to support the best interests of the department and a healthy work environment, strive to fulfill the terms in the Standards of Business Conduct, Virginia Tech’s Principles of Community, and support the university’s motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

Required Qualifications


  • Experience with writing reports or similar documents.
  • Experience working with the public.
  • Demonstrated computer experience.

Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with a culturally diverse department and the university community.
  • Ability to give creditable court testimony and comprehend legal documents.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and exercise considerable restraint under stressful situations.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle at high speeds in adverse conditions.
  • Ability to ascertain facts through personal contact, observation, and examination of records.
  • Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
  • Ability to recognize safety and security hazards on campus and take appropriate corrective action.

Physical Fitness

  • Ability to perform strenuous physical activities.
  • Ability to run, jump, climb stairs, bend, lift, and physically restrain an individual as needed.
  • Ability to perform duties on bicycle, vehicle, or foot.
  • Must pass physical abilities test by running 1.5 miles within 20 minutes.
  • Must be able to use a respirator.
  • Following a conditional offer, one must pass a medical exam, including vision testing.

Pre-Employment and Ongoing Employee Screening

  • Candidates for employment are required to successfully complete an extensive background check and credit history check, with satisfactory results. This includes, but is not limited to, a driving records check, criminal history check (including fingerprinting), and a pre-employment drug screening.
  • Incumbents are subject to random, reasonable suspicion, and post-accident drug and alcohol screening in accordance with department policy.
  • Successful completion of a psychological assessment is required.

Federal, State, Local Government, and Other Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen as required by Virginia Code Section 15.2-1705.
  • Must qualify under federal and state guidelines to carry a firearm. Federal law prohibits a person convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from carrying a firearm.
  • Must be a high school graduate or able to furnish documentary evidence of equivalency degree.
  • Must currently possess a valid Virginia Operator’s License or be able to obtain it within 30 days of employment.
  • Must meet vision requirements: no worse than 20/200 uncorrected, must correct to 20/20; color blindness, including pronounced shade deficiencies, will be disqualifying.
  • Must be at least 20 years of age on the date of hire.
  • Must meet all other standards by law (15.2-1705: 9-169 Code of Virginia) and by the policy of the Criminal Justice Services Board.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Current Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Certification at the time of hire.
  • Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, police science, or related field.
  • Previous military experience.