Police Officer-Lateral

Corvallis, OR
Oregon State University

The Department of Public Safety at Oregon State University is seeking Police Officers eligible for lateral transfer.

Reporting to the OSU Police Sergeant, the OSU Police Officer is a uniformed trained individual in accordance with applicable Department of Public Safety Standards & Training (DPSST) requirements, applicable state law, and OSU Department of Public Safety policy to exercise the authorities of a police officer.

Responsibilities include the following:
Police Operations – 70%

  • Performs varied and diversified duties involving the patrol of assigned area, buildings, streets and grounds, with responsibility for the protection of life and property though fair, consistent and equitable enforcement of motor vehicle and criminal laws, policies, rules and regulations of the Department of Public Safety, Oregon State University.
  • Provides special security of the Radiation Center and other buildings under contract.
  • Responds to emergency calls and calls for assistance including but not limited to fire alarms, intrusion alarms, and accidents.
  • Conducts investigations of accidents and assigned cases.
  • Exercises considerable judgment and resourcefulness in the investigation and arrest of criminals, and particularly on in maintaining law and order during time of emergencies.
  • Contacts the public in a responsive, non-escalatory manner when warning, citing or arresting persons for violations of the law or safe driving practices.
  • Patrols street and grounds within assigned areas either on foot, on a bicycle, or in a vehicle, performing visible patrols to deter violations and crimes.
  • Performs patrol duties requiring considerable physical effort, which may demand continuous standing, walking, and occasional strenuous positions, under varying climatic conditions, with exposure to occupational hazards that may result in total disability of loss of life.
  • Assists other law enforcement officers in service warrants, apprehending criminals, crowd management and other general law enforcement work.
  • Directs activities in accidents and disaster areas, rendering first aid and restoring traffic to normal; and investigate accidents, as required, to determine cause, and cite or arrest when laws have been violated.
  • Guard university property.
  • May appear in court as a witness to present testimony in traffic violations and criminal laws.
  • Makes investigations of all complaints of criminal acts reported by the public or assigned by a superior.
  • Keeps records and make required reports regarding activities
  • Operates automobile, firearms, radios, radar equipment, computer terminals, and associated job-related equipment
  • Participates in crime prevention and public safety training programs
  • Works closely and in conjunction with DPS staff, university administration, students, faculty, and staff to support and carry out the university values and provide for the safety of our full community.
  • Other duties as assigned

Community Collaboration – 15%

  • Works closely with community partners including other law enforcement agencies in matters related to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses.
  • Assists other law enforcement agencies with requests for service, including state or federal agencies

Training and Education– 15%

  • Maintains any and all qualifications required by OSU and the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).
  • Actively participates in departmental and university related trainings as assigned.


  • Must be a U.S citizen
  • Must be 21 years or older at time of employment
  • Three years of experience as an Oregon certified police officer or eligible for lateral certification by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training
  • Possess a High School Diploma or GED

Satisfies or able to satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • Must successfully pass a comprehensive background assessment that includes: criminal history check; driving record review; medical examination; psychological evaluation including drug screening; and an inclusive appraisal of work history.
  • Adult CPR with First Aid and Automatic External Defibrillation (AED) certification required within 60-days of employment.
  • Law Enforcement Data Systems (LEDS) Certification required within 90 days of employment.

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Must successfully pass a comprehensive background assessment that includes: criminal history check; driving record review; medical examination; psychological evaluation including drug screening; and an inclusive appraisal of work history.

After the successful completion of 90 days of employment, and at the successful completion of one year of employment, new Law Enforcement Officers hired prior to March 31, 2021 will be eligible for lump-sum cash payments for the additional work required related to the establishment of a new police unit at OSU. Oregon State University (OSU) offers a competitive benefits package which includes a generous employer contribution of 95% of the premium costs of medical, dental, vision and employee basic life insurance. Employees also have the option of enrolling in additional employee life or dependent life insurance, short term and long term disability insurance plans, long term care insurance and Flexible Spending Accounts. OSU provides two retirement plan programs for Professional Faculty which include employer paid retirement contributions in addition to optional 403b and 457 deferred compensation retirement benefits. Professional Faculty positions will receive 15 hours of vacation leave and 8 hours of sick leave each month (prorated based on FTE). Employees receive nine paid holidays and one floating holiday each year. OSU also offers a wonderful tuition reduction benefit that can be passed on to taxable dependents and is recognized at any of the seven state Oregon universities.

Additional information regarding benefits offered by OSU can be found at: https://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/new-employees. When looking at benefits, please note this position is designated as Unclassified Professional Faculty.