Police Officer (11114)

District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 07, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time


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.

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 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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