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Police Officer (10722)

Date: Aug 2, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University

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The Police Officer, certified as a University Special Police Officer (USPO) under DC Municipal Regulations, provides a safe and secure environment to all members of the American University Community. The Police Officer, through mobile patrol and fixed posts, provides law enforcement services and emergency response on all University property. The Police Officer, reporting to a Police Sergeant, writes incident reports, conducts preliminary investigations, promotes crime prevention efforts and utilizes their arrest authority. The Officer is a first responder to all emergency and criminal incidents, enforcing Federal and District of Columbia law and American University policies and regulations.

Essential Functions

  1. Police Services and Incident Response- Performs preventative police and public service duties, through mobile (foot, bicycle and/or vehicle) patrols or fixed post. Responds to emergency and non-emergency calls for service and determines the appropriate action. Identifies and articulates suspicious and criminal behavior and determines the appropriate action. Enforces all Federal and District of Columbia laws and all American University policies and regulations. Supports the University’s educational mission through maintaining a safe, secure and peaceful environment. Determines the appropriate response to violations of law and policy, utilizing tools such as arrest, warning, parking citation, barring notice or student conduct referral. Identifies and reports ongoing community crime risks. Directs traffic and enforces parking and traffic regulations. 
  2. Incident Reports and Preliminary Investigation- Accurately and thoroughly writes and prepares incident reports. Collects, packages, photographs and documents evidence and property. Conducts preliminary investigations, including victim, witness and suspect interviews. Obtains arrest warrants. Testifies in court. 
  3. Community Liaison and Crime Prevention- Becomes acquainted with members of the campus community. Acts as liaison between university/municipal police agencies and the community. Assists with community outreach efforts, presentations and training. Supports and provides assistance to crime victims and connects them with resources. 
  4. Communications and Dispatching- Answers all telephone calls to emergency and non-emergency lines; directs officers to respond to all emergencies, alarms and requests for service; monitors all burglar/security alarms, cameras and fire alarms; logs and tracks officer activities through computer-aided dispatch.

Work Environment

  • The worker normally performs their job in a plant, laboratory or other environment where personal protective equipment may be necessary.
  • The Police Officer is assigned to one of three shifts (daylight, evening or midnight) but may be required to work any other shift or assignment.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full time
  • Coordinator/Analyst B
  • Non-Exempt

Salary Range

  • $23.41.

Required Education and Experience

  • H.S. Diploma
  • Driver's License, Valid State

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Must have completed a minimum of 30 post-secondary education credits or equivalent in experience or training.
  • Eligible to obtain and maintain a University Special Police Officer Commission.
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation, reference check, medical examination, psychological examination, criminal background check and drug screening.
  • Possess or be able to obtain certification at recognized law enforcement training academy or equivalent. 
  • Must be able to complete all required university police training, including certification in Arrest Control Tactics, Expandable Baton, and Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol (Pepper Spray) Training.
  • The Police Officer is designated as an “Essential” employee under American University policy. The Police Officer will be required to work regardless of weather or natural/manmade disaster, and is subject to call-out.
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.
  • To ensure the health and safety of our community AU requires COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty and staff. Click here to learn more about our health and safety directive.


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