University Police Officer
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the primary department charged with creating a safe and secure environment at Princeton University. DPS operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is comprised of 111 staff members. The department consists of professional University police, security officers, dispatchers and administrators dedicated to providing best-in-class service to the community.
As part of an assigned team, University Police Officers provide campus safety, security, and law enforcement services to the University community. The individual provides a wide range of services, including both traditional and non-traditional police services. Officers are required to participate in crime prevention and community-oriented public safety programming. The successful candidate must project a positive image. Individuals enforce University regulations, local ordinances, and state laws. The individual is a first responder to incidents, accidents, and other emergency situations and is responsible for conducting initial and follow-up investigations into significant and criminal incidents. The individual will work under the direction of a sergeant.
The Department of Public Safety is a 24/7, 365 day operation. The successful candidate must be able to work ALL shifts, including weekends, holidays, and overtime shifts, as required. Overtime is mandatory.
This is an entry level, sworn University Police Officer position.
- High School diploma or equivalent
- Must have current New Jersey Police Officer Certification; approval of New Jersey Training Commission (NJPTC) for police commission or be a Special Officer Class II (SLEO II).
- Officer must demonstrate proficiency with assigned firearms and qualify per Attorney General (AG) guidelines and annually thereafter per policy.
- Officer must maintain ability to operate assigned firearms under all applicable law and University Policy.
- Current valid vehicle operator’s license
- Candidate must successfully complete various fitness for duty assessments, including:
- online testing with Wonderlic
- a comprehensive background investigation
- a psychological evaluation
- a post offer, pre-employment (POPES) medical examination
- previous Department and/or firearms instructor must certify officer has qualified with firearm in the last year
- Must be able to meet Post Offer Pre-Employment Screening (POPES) requirements and found capable of performing the essential functions and physical requirements of the position, both before commencing employment and any time required thereafter under University policy.
- Experience: At least two years of work and/or life experience directly relating to a minimum of two of the following areas:
- Community service/involvement
- Interviewing, public speaking, and conflict resolution skills
- Problem solving, using creative method to resolve issues
- Multi-cultural work and life experiences
- Per the FOP contract the starting salary for an officer with their PTC is $57,000/year.
- Associate or Bachelor’s degree