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Posted: 10/25/2020

Campus Police Officer I (3 positions)
Category: Staff RSS feed of all Jobs        
Department: Campus Police
Locations: Worcester, MA
Posted: Jul 21, 2020
Closes: Open Until Filled
Type: Full-time
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About Worcester State University:

WORCESTER STATE UNIVERSITY is a liberal arts and sciences university with a long tradition of academic excellence dating back to 1874, as well as an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to reflect the diversity of its community. Our workforce is dedicated to academic quality, student-centered programming, engaged citizenship, open exchanges of ideas, diversity and inclusiveness, and civility and integrity. We are looking for job applicants who share these values and commitment to our students.

Worcester State is centrally located in Massachusetts, about an hour's drive from Boston, Springfield, and Providence, Rhode Island. Our 58-acre campus is nestled in the residential northwest side of Worcester--the second largest city in New England and home to 37,000 college students at more than a dozen colleges and universities. Over 6,000 of those students attend Worcester State--approximately 5,300 are undergraduates and 1,000 are graduate students. Learn more about us at


Job Description:

Official Title: Campus Police Officer I
Department: University Police
Supervision Received: Chain of command: Shift supervisor, Captain, and Chief of Police
Supervision Exercised: None

General Statement of Duties:
Supports the campus community, while providing exceptional customer service to the students, staff and faculty in the community. Primary duties are patrolling the campus via foot or cruiser, securing and checking buildings, grounds, and adjacent areas and enforcing state laws as well as departmental rules and regulations of the institution. Works in collaboration with the local community and the Worcester State University Police Department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Patrol the buildings and grounds of the University on foot or in a patrol vehicle to ensure the security of buildings and grounds and to guard against trespass, theft, damage to property, fire and injury.
2. Enforce state laws as well as the rules and regulations of the institution; restrain or arrest suspects when necessary.
3. Provide assistance to courts or grand juries in the prosecution of cases.
4. Enforce University traffic and safety regulations.
5. Identify criminal offenders and criminal activity and where appropriate, apprehend offenders and participate in subsequent court proceedings.
6. Protect constitutional guarantees.
7. Facilitate the movement of people and activities.
8. Identify problems that are potentially serious in nature to the University and law enforcement or government entities.
9. Create and maintain a feeling of security in the community.
10. Promote and preserve civil order.
11. Provide other services on an emergency basis.
12. Perform specific duties and responsibilities as required by the Chief of Police or his/her designee.
13. Responsible for the efficient performance of all duties in conformance with the rules, regulations, policies, procedures and orders contained in all manuals issued by the Department.
14. Other duties as assigned within the Campus Police Officer classification
a. Classification specifications are available at

Working Conditions:
Campus Police Officers work under exposure to injury resulting from dangerous weapons, physical and verbal abuse and adverse weather conditions; carry firearms; work with people under physical and/or emotional stress; work alone in isolated or high-crime areas; walk and stand for prolonged periods of time; lift and carry heavy objects or people; may travel for job related purposes; and may be required to furnish private transportation for job-related travel for which mileage is reimbursed.



Minimum Requirements and Qualifications
1. Be eligible to be warranted as a Massachusetts Special State Police Officer (SSPO) as defined by the Colonel of the State Police and MGL Ch. 22C Sec. 63.
a. Successfully pass the Massachusetts State Police Academy medical examination, pre-screening (which includes physical endurance testing) and successfully complete the Special State Police Recruit Academy. Failure to meet the entrance requirements or to successfully complete the course of training shall result in dismissal or, for lateral appointment within the bargaining unit, return to previously held position in accordance with the AFSCME Agreement.
b. Ability to pass a pre-employment medical exam.
c. Ability to pass an extensive background investigation and CORI Check
? No person, who has been convicted of a felony or any offense punishable under M.G.L. Chapter 94C (drug law violations); or has been convicted of a misdemeanor and has been confined to any jail or house of correction as punishment for said crime, M.G.L. Chapter 22 C section 14, will be considered for employment.
d. Must be able to successfully complete a psychological exam.
e. Ability to obtain and maintain a MA License to Carry (LTC-A) license.
f. Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D motor vehicle operator's license.
g. Ability to pass a drug and/or alcohol test.
2. Knowledge of the principles & correct usage of the English language, including grammar/punctuation/spelling.
3. Ability to prepare written reports of investigations, maintain accurate records and analyze data.
4. Ability to follow and provide effective oral and written instructions in a precise, understandable manner.
5. Ability to exercise sound judgment; maintain a calm manner in stressful situations; make decisions and act quickly in emergency/dangerous situations, and maintain confidential information.
6. Ability to understand police procedures and practices and fire prevention methods; ability to recognize hazards.
7. Working knowledge of the law of arrest and criminal procedure in lower courts.
8. Working knowledge of the rules and regulations pertaining in general to the buildings and grounds of a state educational institution and the ability to apply and explain the policies and procedures to others.
9. Ability to walk alone for long periods of time both indoors and out under varying climate conditions.
10. Ability to establish a rapport with staff, students, and the public from various backgrounds; including: race, ethnicity, culture, socio-economic status, and LGBTQ+ inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:
1. Graduates from an SSPO or full-time equivalent police academy or have equivalent training that meets the requirements to obtain SSPO powers.
2. Associate's or Bachelor's degree in criminal justice
3. One year of Law Enforcement/Security Experience
4. Military Experience


Additional Information:

All officers are required to attend a full-time academy. Candidates who have not already attended a full-time academy may be sent to the SSPO academy for Fall 2020.

WSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Candidates must attend the attend and pass the pre-screening and fitness exam to be held on August 12, 2020 if they have never attended a full-time equivalent police academy.

Failure to meet the entrance requirements or to successfully complete the course of training shall result in dismissal. Candidates must understand that there is a contractual commitment following academy training, once completed - per Appendix O of the AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Additional Information:
Grade 16
*Salary: $ 1,799.63 bi-weekly
*Immediate Supervisor: Shift Supervisor
*Area of Assignment: University Police
*Days Off: TBD
*Shift: TBD

Supervisor, area of assignment, shift and days off are currently applicable to this position; however, these specifications are descriptive and not restrictive and are subject to change by the administration.


Application Instructions:

All applicants must apply online at

Necessary documents for submission include a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. 

All information that can be uploaded to one's e-account should be done so by the applicant; information which cannot may be faxed to 508-929-8163 or emailed to, or may be sent to the following address:

Director of Human Resources

Worcester State University

486 Chandler Street

Worcester, MA  01602-2597

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