Police Officer

Northwestern University


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Northwestern University
1201 Davis Street
Evanston, IL 60208

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • Until Filled


  • Salary/Grade: NEX/17


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Position Details

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Evanston, Illinois


Safety & Security UP Evanston

Job Summary:

Under the general direction of a Police Sergeant performs professional police work in the field. Primary responsibilities are crime Suppression, law enforcement, patrol, emergency response, investigations, traffic enforcement, parking enforcement, community policing and crime prevention, residence hall security, building security, special event coverage and communications.


The Police Officer is the Department’s primary responder to calls for service from the University community.

This work consists primarily of routine patrol tasks in an assigned district during a specific shift with responsibility for the maintenance of order, enforcement of laws and ordinances, and the protection of lives and property. The work also involves assisting in the investigation of criminal offenses and apprehension of criminals. There is considerable independent responsibility for the exercise of sound judgment in emergencies. However, ordinary procedures and special assignments are usually conducted under the immediate supervision of a Sergeant. The Police Officer performs related work as required.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Crime suppression and law enforcement are primary responsibilities. Actively participates in community policing and crime prevention efforts. Communicates with students, faculty, and staff to inform them of the variables that influence crime as well as recommending crime prevention and security standards that can be used to reduce risk. Establishes personal contacts with community members and presenting crime prevention programs.
  • Patrols the Evanston or Chicago campus on foot or by vehicle, in uniform or plain clothes, to protect lives and secure property.
  • Responds to emergency and non-emergency calls for assistance and violators and completes police reports. Investigates suspicious activity and issues trespass warnings when appropriate, recording information on a field interview report. Completes necessary reports associated with job function.
  • Conducts thorough follow-up investigations and makes every effort to clear criminal cases.
  • Enforces parking rules and regulations, and orders violators towed when appropriate.
  • Conducts premise checks and checks properly secure and unsecure doors as required.
  • Staffs special events as assigned.
  • Speaks clearly and concisely using proper radio procedure. Responsible for operation of Communications Center when assigned.


  • Performs other duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of an associate’s degree with an accredited college and/or equivalent education and experience or four years active-duty service to a branch of the military.
  • Ability to successfully complete, or obtain a waiver for, the Basic Law Enforcement Training Course as prescribed by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board and meet all other standards required for certification as a police officer in the State of Illinois.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a firearms owner’s identification card if they are an Illinois resident or the equivalent for non-Illinois residents
  • Maintain State and Department firearms proficiency/qualification requirements.
  • Must be 21 years of age at the time of application.
  • Must be a United States citizen.
  • Must not have any felony convictions or any misdemeanor convictions defined in Illinois Compiled Statutes 50 ILCS 705/6.
  • Body weight proportionate to height.
  • Possession of a valid driver's license in state of residency and ability to operate a police vehicle in a safe manner at all times.
  • Ability to pass a physical ability assessment test as prescribed by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Ability to satisfactorily complete a written exam to evaluate ability to perform successfully in the position.
  • Ability to satisfactorily complete a comprehensive psychological exam administered by a licensed psychologist, and a character, financial, and criminal background investigation, including but not limited to, reference review and fingerprint and driving records check.
  • Ability to pass a complete physical examination including drug screening. Eye sight, corrected to 20/20, with normal color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception. 
  • Ability to successfully complete a field training program and a one-year probationary period.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to complete reports containing pertinent facts in an organized manner.
  • Mental alertness and the ability to maintain emotional poise under stress.
  • Ability to understand computer operations and applications.
  • Ability to establish and maintain satisfactory working relationships with peers, supervisors, students, faculty, staff, local police, and the general public.
  • As required by the position, must maintain knowledge of constitutional laws, laws for arrest, search, and seizure, criminal procedure, state statutes, and local ordinances.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree. 

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