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Job ID: 121059

Police Officer
Villanova University

Date Posted Mar. 15, 2019
Title Police Officer
University Villanova University
Villanova, PA, United States
Department Administration
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Public Safety

Police Officer

Posting Number: 20192015S

Position Type: Staff

Recruitment Type: Internal/External Applicants

Work Schedule: full-time/12-months

Department: 502-Public Safety Department

Position Summary

Villanova University Police Officers are responsible for the operational law enforcement functions of the Department of Public Safety. Police officers are expected to protect life and property, preserve the peace, maintain good order, and respond to calls for service. University police officers enforce both the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well as the regulations and code of conduct of Villanova University relating to safety and security. Officers conduct routine patrol by vehicle, on bicycle, and on foot and respond to general calls for service, in addition to emergency calls. Officers monitor vehicular and pedestrian traffic on University property and enforce motor vehicle laws in furtherance of vehicular and pedestrian safety. Officers also investigate crimes, complete detailed written reports, and testify in court when needed.
University Police Officers are expected to work closely with members of the University community, utilizing proactive, community oriented policing techniques to prevent crime and enhance safety. Officers are also expected to calmly intervene during tense situations, and to apply conflict resolution and de-escalation techniques to settle disturbances when possible. Being an important part of a Catholic community, Officers are required to act legally, morally, and ethically at all times.
University Police Officers are required to acquire and maintain Act 120 Police training and must maintain a valid PA drivers license. Officers are required to demonstrate physical fitness for duty throughout the course of employment as a sworn Officer. Officers must maintain proficiency in firearms and other specialized equipment throughout the course of employment as a sworn Officer.
Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepares for daily duties; attends roll calls to obtain information relating to operations and administrative functions; reviews reports from previous shifts in preparation for patrol duties; review public safety bulletin including academic building schedules, events, special requests, and directed patrol activity.
  • Monitors radio broadcasts, performs preventative patrol and proactively engages with the University community in the course of daily patrol. Patrol may be in the form of vehicle, bicycle, or on foot.
  • Regularly checks University property and utilizes community oriented policing techniques to prevent crime and enhance the quality of life on campus.
  • Responds to emergency and non-emergency calls in a prompt, professional manner. Types of calls include fire, medical, crime reports, disturbances, requests for transports, crimes in progress, as well as burglar, fire, and panic alarms.
  • Responds to individuals in emotional or psychological crisis, recognizing signs of acute distress and taking appropriate action to ensure the safety of all involved.
  • Provides emergency first aid as needed.
  • Conducts preliminary investigations of criminal incidents and other general calls for assistance; prepares clear, accurate, and concise incident reports.
  • Assumes control of the scene prior to arrival of superior Officers or Investigators, if appropriate.
  • Interviews victims and witnesses, collecting written statements and other physical evidence.
  • Conducts searches for evidence and/or contraband through the use of a search warrant or consent when applicable.
  • Makes physical arrests, processes arrestees and initiates criminal prosecution.
  • Issues citations and prepares criminal complaints.
  • Maintains uniform, body camera, and other equipment in accordance with Departmental Policy; maintains supply of forms and other material needed to perform duties; ensures vehicle is kept in good working order; maintains weapons in accordance with departmental policy.
  • Facilitates the movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic on University property and enforces traffic and parking violations.
  • Staffs special event assignments, including athletic competitions and other campus activities and events.
  • Maintains crowd control and provides instructions and directions to event attendees and staff.
  • Acts as an information resource for visitors and community members; keeps abreast of departmental and university activities. Employs effective community service oriented techniques, ensuring positive and professional interactions are maintained with Villanova community members. Routinely interacts with residence assistants (RA) and other University faculty, staff, and students during normal patrol; sharing crime prevention information and valuable safety and security techniques.
  • Performs other duties and assists with special projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent required.
  • PA Resident with a valid PA Drivers License required with a good driving record and no traffic violations. Must be able to meet and maintain VU driving privileges as outlined by Villanovas Risk Managements Motor Vehicle Record Policy for Drivers of University Vehicles.
  • Ability to acquire and maintain proficiency in firearms, ASP Tactical Baton, OC Pepper Spray, and handcuffing techniques.

Acquire and maintain adequate physical fitness as demonstrated through the ability to complete Act 120 pre-academy physical agility requirements.
  • Ability to safely operate a police vehicle in an emergency situation.
  • Knowledge of Pennsylvania Crimes Code, Vehicle Code and Rules of Criminal Procedure; Knowledge of contemporary policing and basic investigative techniques.
  • Successful completion of Pennsylvania Act 235 Lethal Weapons Course and license or attainment of licensure within one year of appointment.
  • Successful completion of Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Training Academy (ACT 120) or a waiver preferred. Will consider applicants who are capable of completion of said academy within one year of appointment.
  • Prior to being sworn, candidates must successfully complete the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission Certification Exam.

Acquire and maintain first aid and CPR Certifications.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of safety and security practices in a college setting.
  • Knowledge of basic investigative techniques.
  • Understanding of emergency response procedures, including, but not limited to, knowledge of emergency evacuation procedures, as well as principles of Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS).
  • Knowledge of emergency medical procedures.

Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours

  • Must be able to effect a physical arrest, subdue resisting individuals, chase fleeing suspects.
  • Must have knowledge of a Two-way radio, cellular phone, patrol vehicle, fire and burglar alarm systems, Automatic External Defibrillator, digital camera, hand-held parking ticket unit, PC and laptop computers, fire extinguisher, ASP baton, firearms, body worn camera, pepper spray, handcuffs.
  • Must be willing to work overtime details as needed or assigned
  • Ability to work round the clock shift-work. Walking for extended periods of time; running; lifting pulling, pushing, and carrying; bending, kneeling, and squatting.
  • Both gross and fine motor skills are needed, as well as visual, hearing, speaking, touching, tasting, and smelling sensory skills
  • Must be able to successfully complete a physical agility assessment as part of the application process. The assessment includes:
    • Timed sit ups=a minimum of 21 in one minute.
    • 300 meter run=completed in 87 seconds or less.
    • Timed push ups=a minimum of 10 in one minute.
    • 1.5 mile run/jog=completed in 15:50 or less.

Special Message to Applicants

Posting Date:

Closing Date (12am ET):

Open Until Filled:

Salary Posting Information: $60,000.00 starting salary, with an annual 7% longevity increase for five (5) consecutive years after date of hire for an PA ACT 120 certified candidate.

Candidates selected without prior MPOETC certification will be paid a starting salary of $54,000.00 until all requirements are met to achieve PA ACT 120 certification. Once certified, the candidate will receive a starting salary of $60,000.00, with an annual 7% longevity increase for five (5) consecutive years thereafter.

Salary Band: G

Job Classification: non-exempt

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Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values. Villanova University is committed to providing leadership in the attainment of equal employment for all individuals. It is the policy and practice of Villanova University to recruit and select applicants on the basis of their qualifications and abilities. This effort is in compliance with all federal and state laws, including Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975, Executive Order 11246, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.


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