If you want to know how to become a University Patrol officer, you have come to the right place. First and foremost, I must tell you ththe competition is tough. This is because college cops get paid very well and more especially those that work for private institutions.
The income potential is limitless if you work for a big university. It is not far fetched to see an entry level patrolmen to be nearing 80k at the end of the year. The big advantage when working for a college campus is you’ll avoid the political mind games at local agencies, plus you’ll get paid a lot more.
The problem is you’ll face a lot of competition for just a hand full of openings. It’s not uncommon to see hundreds or even thousands of applicants for a few openings. For big universities it’s even more. One great thing about being an on-campus cop is you’ll have the same arrest powers as regular cops. You’ll get the same training and your certification is good at any department.
That’s good news if you decide to transfer to another department for more action. Now here’s the bad news; you’ll have to put up with stubborn students who will tell you in a heart beat that they are paying your salary. You will be called everything in the book from rent a cop, mall cop, and more.
If you don’t mind putting up with that, then let’s proceed. The hiring process is as followed:
- you must be 21 and a U.S. citizen
- Possess a valid driver’s license
- No felony convictions
- clean criminal history check
- Possess a Associates Degree, military experience or prior law enforcement experience.
- You must pass the oral interview
- Drug screening test
- Background investigation
- Medical examination
- Physical agility test
- Psychological test
HOW TO APPLY
To apply for an on-campus police officer position, you must visit the University website and search for career opportunities. Then, locate the police department sub site.
Finally download the application, complete it, and submit it via mail or fax depending on their recruitment protocol.