Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department

Police Officer

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All Applicants

Working Title

Police Officer

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Police Officer - 3330510101

Role Title

Police Officer

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Campus Police

Description of General Responsibilities

Eligibilities within the Department

The Virginia Campus Police Act of 1976 authorized the establishment of campus police departments at the public institutions of higher learning. Officers assigned to such departments exercise the powers and duties conferred by law upon police officers of cities, towns, and counties. Officers patrol on foot, bicycle and in automobiles in and around the university to determine security of facility and detect intruders. Officers respond to complaints and requests from the University Community. Officers generate reports, arrest or administratively handle complaints. Officers generate field contacts, self initiated activities and respond to radio dispatched calls. Be a part of one of the nation’s premier campus law enforcement agencies at VCU Police. With 99 sworn officers, 25 civilian employees, and an on-campus dispatch center advancing an “all-out community policing” mission in the heart of Richmond, VCU Police offers exciting opportunities for law enforcement careers in a dynamic urban setting. VCU Police serves two campuses and a diverse population of more than 50,000 students, faculty and staff.

The VCU Police Department has a competitive starting salary and a generous package of state benefits, including tuition waiver with up to 2 classes per semester, for officers wishing to pursue higher education. Benefits include:

  • Starting salary: $39,207.00 with a 2% increase after successful completion of Field Training
  • Choice of health, dental, disability and life insurance plans offered through the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Generous vacation, holiday and sick leave accrual
  • Flexible scheduling for officers with military commitments
  • Free access to VCU Police Department gym facilities 24/7 
  • Tuition waiver program for studies at VCU and opportunities for professional development and career advancement
  • Participation in the Virginia Supplemental Retirement SystemVaLORS Program, and deferred compensation plans
  • Equipment, uniforms and cleaning of Class A uniforms are provided
  • Additional university benefits are described on VCU's Human Resources website
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (Optional)
  • Off Duty Over-Time with pay
  • The VCU Police Department has started a Law Enforcement Apprenticeship Program (LEAP).  Qualified applicants for Police Officer positions may be offered early employment in this program during the selection process, until the start of the Basic Academy.  Full salary and benefits begin on the date of hire.

Required Qualifications

Successfully function both mentally and physically under stress and emergency situations. Successfully communicate both verbally and in writing. Successfully obtain certification as Campus Police Officer as required by the Department of Criminal Justice Services. Must have skill to handle firearms and operate a motor vehicle safely.

High School Diploma or GED required, two years of college preferred. Experience not required but prefers a basic concept and understanding of law enforcement fundamentals. Must have a Virginia motor vehicle driver’s license and a clear driving record. Must never have been convicted of a felony, crimes involving moral turpitude or domestic violence.

Preferred Qualifications   

  • Ability to work in a high-stress environment with a diverse population
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to work shifts with varying days off, including possible work on nights, weekends, and/or holidays
  • At least 21 years of age with a high school diploma or GED
  • Possess a valid state driver's license and a good driving record
  • Must have a good credit history and clean criminal record with no convictions for felonies, domestic violence, or crimes of moral turpitude
  • Must pass a physical and mental health evaluation
  • Must pass a drug test, polygraph test, and written test

The selection process includes a full VCIN/NCIC/DMV records check, pre-hire physical fitness assessment (including push-ups, sit ups and 1.5 mile run), a written examination, a preliminary interview.  A complete background packet including three letters of reference, copy of birth certificate, copies of school transcripts, copy of military DD-214 forms (where applicable), and citizenship check. Also included will be an oral review board, fingerprint-based CCRE/FBI check, psychological, and polygraph review.  Upon job offer, a full physical exam by a licensed physician and a drug screening will be completed. Final selections are made by the Chief of Police.