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Police Officer (13109)

Date: Jul 12, 2019

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20010

Company: American University


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.

Work Environment
  • The Police Officer is assigned to one of three shifts (daylight, evening or midnight)
  • The Police Officer reports directly to a Police Sergeant
  • The Police Officer may be required to work any other shift or assignment
  • 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
  • The Police Officer does not supervise other personnel
Required Education and Experience
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 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 possess a valid driver's license and obtain university driving privileges
  • 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
  • Must possess high level verbal and written skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population
  • Must possess a working knowledge of computer skills and telecommunications equipment
  • Must be able to use word-processing software, e-mail, electronic forms and the Internet
Preferred Education and Experience
  • Law enforcement officer certification from a federal, state, local or campus law enforcement agency/academy
  • One year of law enforcement, military or security experience
  • Experience working in a dispatch or alarm monitoring center
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
  • 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 are contingent on the successful completion of a background check


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American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.

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