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Police Officer- University of Delaware Police Department

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Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Public Safety, Security, & Emergency Services, Full Time



Under limited supervision, performs police patrol duties in accordance with departmental policy. 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 impacts 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. 


  • Engage in proactive self-initiated traffic enforcement activities; performs traffic direction and crowd control duties as assigned.


  • Promote and participate in crimes prevention education and awareness programming. 


  • Participates in annual physical fitness testing; maintains acceptable scores in physical fitness.


  • Participates in annual in-service training; requests and attends additional training throughout the year.


  • Participates in annual firearms certifications and maintains acceptable scores in firearms proficiency.


  • Renders first aid; transports sick, injured or otherwise disabled persons. 


  • Assists visitors, students and staff by providing information, directions and assistance.


  • Supervises other police officers, security officers and/or miscellaneous wage and/or student employees. 


  • Participates in training and certification sessions; maintains all necessary certifications.


  • Inputs, searches and modifies appropriate computerized criminal justice information systems. 


  • Performs other related duties as assigned. 




  • Requires a minimum of an 30 credits ( or approved military training or Delaware COPT Certification).


  • Some college work in criminal justice, political science or the social sciences is preferred.


  • Basic computer skills.


  • No felony convictions.


  • Vision correctable to 20/20.


  • United States citizen.


  • Ability to communicate effectively and interact well with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds.




  • Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license with no suspensions in the last 5 years.


  • 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 upon police training academy graduation.


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.

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