Police Officer

West Lafayette, IN
Purdue University

Salary: $70,000 per year.

Position Summary:

Join Purdue University as a Police Officer and play a pivotal role in ensuring safety and security on campus. Your responsibilities will include proactive observation and investigation of criminal incidents, such as missing persons, disturbances, traffic issues, and crowd management. You’ll be tasked with securing and meticulously examining crime scenes, conducting interviews with victims, witnesses, suspects, and offenders, and generating comprehensive case reports. Additionally, you will be responsible for investigating traffic accidents and completing all necessary reports, mediating disputes, and restoring order when disturbances arise.

Essential Functions:

  • Your duties will extend to providing essential police services, including traffic control and assisting other law enforcement agencies when required.
  • Special events, such as sporting events and gatherings, will also require, managing crowds and ensuring security.
  • Embracing the community policing philosophy, you will actively engage with and support the community, while enforcing Indiana State laws and University regulations.


  • High school diploma/GED.
  • Must successfully complete the 40-hr Pre-Basic and Basic training courses through the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) within the first twelve months of employment.
  • Must successfully complete the Purdue Probationary Officer Training and the Purdue Field Training Program within the first twelve months of employment.
  • A strong commitment to customer service and use of good judgment.
  • Strong interpersonal relationship and public relations skills.
  • Strong conflict resolution skills and problem solving ability.
  • Ability to adapt and react to unusual conditions and work effectively under pressure.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain Indiana Police Officer certification including completion of 24 hours of continuing education annually.
  • Must be physically and mentally capable of performing all duties of a police officer.
  • Must successfully complete the Purdue Police Officer Physical Abilities Test annually.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • A valid Indiana driver’s license and United States citizenship.
  • Must be able to maintain a valid Indiana Driver’s license.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or related area.
  • One year of experience in public safety or law enforcement.
  • Bilingual communication skills.