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Police Officer

Penn State University


Contact Information


Penn State University
201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802


Phone Number:

  • 814-865-4700

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • NA

Position Details

The Penn State University Police and Public Safety Department has recently undergone an exciting transformation including the centralization of 22 campus locations across the commonwealth. We are seeking Police Officers interested and committed to serving the diverse community of students, faculty, and staff at one or all these 22 campus locations.

The Pennsylvania State University and each individual employee is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. We, the Penn State University Police and Public Safety fully embrace individual uniqueness, strive to foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. (

We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of Penn State's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the University Police and Public Safety's public service mission. (

All interested candidates must apply to this posting to be considered for an opportunity when a position becomes available at one of the Penn State campus locations. Candidates advancing through the recruitment process will be provided an opportunity to select which campus location or locations they have interest in obtaining employment.

Police officers are responsible for carrying out the functions of protection of life and property, preservation of peace and good order of the community, enhancement of positive community engagement initiatives, enforcement of laws and university policies/procedures, public safety, investigative work, and other related duties. The successful candidate will be responsible for the prevention of illegal, unsafe, or undesirable activity and regulatory violations through patrol, education, inspection, and the deterrent effect of enforcement. Police officers will also be expected to enforce National, Federal, State, and local laws, as well as University regulations, through investigation, apprehension, and prosecution of violators.

Successful candidates will possess:

  • Skills necessary to enhance public respect for law enforcement and the University with courteous, devoted, and ethical service
  • Capacity to work cooperatively with various levels of faculty, staff, students, and outside agencies
  • Ability to provide effective, honest, and credible testimony at court hearings
  • Outstanding customer service orientation; excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent analytical, judgment, ethical decision-making, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Respect for the constitutional rights of all people to liberty, equality, and justice
  • Capability to uphold an excellent standard of conduct at all times, abiding by laws, regulations and policies

The position of police officer minimally requires a high school diploma and up to one year of relevant experience. Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) Act 120 Certification is required for employment. Candidates must be currently Act 120 certified, currently enrolled in a Pennsylvania MPOETC Act 120 police academy, or have the ability to obtain Pennsylvania MPOETC Act 120 certification during the hiring process.

Knowledge on the use of information technology, software applications, surveillance equipment, social media, and communications (digital and conventional) in conducting investigations is highly desired.

This position requires:

  • Successful Background Investigation
  • Successful BPAD scenario-based evaluation
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Fingerprint background check
  • Successful completion of all MPOETC requirements if not currently certified or eligible for certification
  • PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form, and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check
  • Operation of a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties - a valid driver's license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required
  • Successful completion of a credit history check, due to the security, financial and fiduciary responsibilities of this position

Please include a cover letter and resume with your application.

Apply online at:


For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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