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Police Officer- University of Delaware Police Department

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College / VP Area: Exec VP & Univ Treasurer
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Public Safety, Security, & Emergency Services, Full Time



Under limited supervision, performs police patrol work. The principal emphasis is on enforcing the laws of the State of Delaware, City of Newark and University rules and regulations; investigating crimes, traffic accidents and other safety-related matters and taking corrective and/or enforcement action as required; independent judgment is required in interpreting University policy in accordance with established laws, regulations, and procedures; requires the exercise of tactful and assertive interpersonal communication skills.


Depending on divisional assignment, the following are typical:

  • Conducts high visibility patrols of the campus, either on foot or by vehicle, to ensure the security of facilities and the safety of students, staff and visitors; prevents and deters crime by observation and confrontation of unusual circumstances and individuals.
  • Responds to, initiates investigation into, and reports crimes or incidents in violation of State law, City code or University rules which impact on the safety of the University community;
  • Takes enforcement action and makes apprehensions as required; completes all necessary documentation including preparation of summonses or warrants, affidavits, reports, referrals and arrest paper work; notifies supervisors of all enforcement related actions;
  • Preserves crime scenes, collects and preserves evidence; identifies and interviews witnesses, suspects and victims of criminal incidents; assists other law enforcement officers in investigations;
  • Prepares and presents or assists in presentation of cases in courts or other official proceedings;
  • Performs traffic direction and crowd control duties as assigned;
  • Renders first aid; transports sick, injured or otherwise disabled persons;
  • Assists visitors, students and staff by providing information, directions and assistance;
  • Supervises security officers and/or miscellaneous wage and/or student employees;
  • Participates in training and certification sessions;
  • Inputs, searches and modifies appropriate computerized criminal justice information systems;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • 30 college credits, approved military, corrections experience, or Delaware COPT certification is preferred, but not required.
  • Some college work in criminal justice, political science or the social sciences preferred.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and interact well with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.


  • Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license;
  • must be able to be commissioned as a Police Officer for the University of Delaware (this requires successful completion of mandatory police training in the State of Delaware or equivalent training acceptable to the Delaware Council on Police Training within the first year of employment *).
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug screening test as well as a battery of pre-employment tests designed to measure mental skills, motor skills, writing skills and physical fitness and agility applicable to law enforcement officers and a comprehensive background investigation including driving records, financial status and criminal history;
  • Successful completion of mandatory police training in the State of Delaware or equivalent training acceptable to the Delaware Council on Police Training within the first year of employment is required.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and a United States citizen.

 * When essential for operational purposes, the University of Delaware reserves the right to require credentials necessary to be commissioned as a Police Officer in the State of Delaware upon employment.



Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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