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Police Officer

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
May 6, 2024

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Police Officer

Location: University Police
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 607870
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

Special Information

  • Applicants without a current law enforcement certification and currently certified police officers (laterals) will both be considered for this position. Preference may be given to lateral applicants.
  • You must have both an NAU application submitted and have taken and passed The Law Enforcement-Frontline National Test (NTN) to be scheduled for an interview.
  • Register for, and schedule the Law Enforcement-Frontline National Test through the National Testing Network (NTN) by visiting the following link:\ *Lateral applicants are exempt from the requirement of taking NTN
  • Start dates for selected lateral applicants will be determined based on background investigation requirements and field training program scheduling.
  • NAU provides education assistance benefits to both employees and their eligible dependents.
  • This position is an on-site position which requires the incumbent to complete their work primarily at an NAU site, campus, or facility with or without accommodation. Opportunities for remote work are rare.

Job Description

NAU Police Officers patrol campus to detect and deter criminal or suspicious activity. Officers investigate criminal activity, vehicle accidents, personal injuries and university administrative violations and write detailed reports describing such incidents/investigations. NAUPD provides professional, courteous, and effective service to all campus members, including students, faculty, staff, and guests. NAUPD investigates complaints and works to resolve conflicts both on campus and concerning the campus community.

Essential Physical Requirements

Enforcement of Local, State, and Federal Laws - 30%
  • Patrols assigned areas on foot, bicycle, or by motorized vehicle to control traffic, prevent or deter crime and educate, cite and/or arrest violators; issues warnings or citations to drivers when violations of motor vehicle laws are observed; enforces Federal and State laws as well as university rules.
  • Constantly analyzes the job for improvements to, or modifications of, university law enforcement services and makes recommendations to department management.

Response and Investigation of Crimes, Accidents and Incidents - 30%
  • Responds to emergency alarms and calls for service; makes decisions based on analysis of situation and facts.
  • Responds to public service calls such as delivering emergency messages, motorist assists, animal complaints, civil complaints, domestic disturbances.
  • Investigates reports of missing persons.
  • Identifies unsafe conditions or areas ripe for criminal activity; reports conditions and takes corrective actions.
  • Investigates all types of crimes and accidents; performs follow-up duties on crimes/accidents as directed by supervisor; interviews suspects and witnesses; collects evidence and facts; files appropriate reports as directed by federal, state, or local legal requirements.

Administrative Duties and Training - 20%
  • Prepares detailed written reports of crimes, accidents, and incidents.
  • Compiles daily reports on law enforcement activities for department management.
  • Serves warrants, subpoenas, or other court processes as necessary.
  • Appears in court to provide testimony on investigations.
  • Participates in ongoing and recurring trainings as required by the department and its accrediting agencies, the university, and the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training board.
  • Trains sworn and non-sworn personnel on departmental policies, procedures, and activities.

Department Representation - 15%
  • Works with the university residents/community and other outside public agencies to solve residential/university concerns.
  • Makes oral presentations to students, faculty, staff, and other citizen groups on crime prevention/public safety issues.
  • Maintains knowledge of, and answers questions about, campus law enforcement.

Other - 5%
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED Experience Credentials
  • Current AZPOST certification in good standing, or ability to obtain after successful completion of police academy or through waiver process.
  • 21 years of age upon completion of academy, US citizen, and meets AZPOST standards.
  • Possess current AZ Driver's License.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Knowledge of law enforcement practices and procedures.
  • Skill in analytical, objective observation of situations and quick decision making.
  • Maintain proficiency in law enforcement equipment.
  • Maintain ability to perform to physical requirements of the job.
  • Skill in managing situations courteously, tactfully, impartially, and firmly.
  • Skill in the accurate and complete recording of information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both in verbal and written formats.
  • Skill in keyboarding and the operation of a personal computer.

Driving Requirement

Driving a vehicle on behalf of the university is anticipated to be a regular part of this position. Arizona Administrative Code Fleet Safety Policy requires all employees who drive on university business become authorized by submitting Driver's license information for driving record monitoring, and completion of training appropriate to the level of driving performed. The law applies to all faculty, staff, and students who drive personal or university-owned motorized vehicles for any business purpose. More information on the NAU Authorized Driver Policy can be found on the NAU website.

Background Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting. If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


  • Starting Salary is $55,000 while in the Police Academy and will increase to $57,750 upon graduation from the Police Academy.
  • Lateral Salary is $57,750- $67,000 Annual salary commensurate with candidate's qualifications and related experience.

FLSA Status

This position is non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The incumbent is eligible for overtime pay or compensatory time according to University policy. Further, the employee must submit timesheets that accurately reflect all hours worked.


This is a Classified Staff (CLS) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System; paid vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available on the Human Resources benefits website. Classified Staff employees are in a probationary status for their first six months at NAU. NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. Additionally, new employees will begin participating in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date.

Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Application Deadline

Open Until Further Notice

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process, please contact the Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773,, or PO Box 5633, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Know Your Rights Poster

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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