The Lewis University Police Department invites applications for a Campus Police Officer. The Campus Police Officer is a member of the Police Department professional staff. The function of the Campus Police Officer is to maintain security and safety for assigned areas, effectively respond to requests for service and enforce applicable state and local laws in addition to University policies. Campus Police Officers are an integral part of the department's overall community policing strategy. Campus Police Officers are part of the University's team of first responders equipped to assist in various emergency and non-emergency situations. This is a full-time, 40 hours/week position, to be scheduled based on need, including days, afternoons, evenings, weekends and holidays.
Some Primary Responsibilities Include:
- Act as one of the University's first responders equipped to assist in various emergency and non-emergency situations.
- React quickly and calmly to emergency situations by determining an appropriate course of action and ensuring an appropriate response utilizing tact, diplomacy and good judgment to resolve the issue.
- Conduct investigations at the scenes of crimes and accidents by gathering evidence; locating and questioning witnesses and giving aid and support to victims.
- Appropriately utilize computerized law enforcement records systems.
- Provide first aid including CPR and utilization of an AED.
- Understand basic emergency response principles.
- Respond to and investigate fire and burglar alarm activations.
- Assist in implementation of the University Emergency Operations Plan as prescribed.
- Participate in routine patrol and security activities.
- Investigate any observed disturbances, irregularities, hazards or suspicious circumstances.
- Investigate calls for service of a non-criminal nature, and assess individual cases to determine appropriate action.
- Mediate disputes involving community members.
- Actively assist and collaborate with other police, fire and public safety agencies as necessary.
- Provide functional supervision to student workers and Campus Safety Officers as assigned.
- Perform individual post functions as set forth in department orders including checking, locking and opening University buildings and offices.
- Develop an extensive knowledge of the University, its policies, locations of building, geography and personnel, organizational structure, traffic flow, and problem areas.
- Conduct requested and self-initiated security inspections to assist in environmental management for better security.
- Enforcement of State and local laws and University policy.
- Enforce University Behavioral standards and policies firmly, tactfully, equally, and with respect for the rights of others.
- Apprehend and arrest suspects for felony or misdemeanor offenses in accordance with State statutes and departmental procedures.
- Demonstrate an understanding of department policy regarding limits of authority and use of force.
- Possess an ability to manage conflict in unstructured, controversial or complex situations.
- Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate in various situations through various mediums.
- Write reports and maintain appropriate documentation according to departmental standards.
- Participate in the development and presentation of crime prevention programming and community education.
- Collaborate with Residence Life staff and other key Student Services departments to provide programming and community outreach.
- Appear as needed in University judicial hearings and criminal and traffic court.
- Courteously greet and assist the public by providing prompt, flexible and user-friendly customer service.
- Campus police officers may be required to work overtime on an as needed basis and may be called upon to perform other assigned duties as required by the Deputy Chief or Chief of Police.
- Police Officers must maintain a high level of proficiency in the use of police equipment including the handling and use of firearms and be capable of using deadly force as appropriate based on the laws of the State of Illinois and Department policy. Duties may entail other special assignments of similar complexity.
- Must be at least 21 years of age and have a high school diploma and a minimum of 60 hours of post-secondary education.
- Must possess a valid Illinois driver's license with a good driving record.
- Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Ability to walk, run, climb, provide assistance to persons in distress, operate required equipment (including police bicycles and various weapon systems), and work outdoors in a variety of adverse weather conditions.
- Must be able to work with flexible schedules involving evening, weekend and holiday work.
- Ability to successfully complete various required departmental training programs (including police bicycle and defensive tactics).
- Ability to send and receive information with necessary optical, auditory and manual dexterity.
- Must pass a psychological exam, basic skills assessment and personality profile.
- Must pass a physical examination.
- Must pass a background investigation including a fingerprint check.
- Candidates must not have any felony convictions or serious misdemeanor convictions.
- The most qualified candidates will have successfully completed an accredited police academy and be certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Standards and Training Board as police officers.
- Previous public safety experience in a campus environment.
- In addition to being proficient in common business computer software applications such as email, word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software are also preferred qualifications.
For full consideration, interested applicants can view a full description of this position and apply online at, visit:
Lewis University Located 25 miles southwest of Chicago, Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University has been nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. In addition to our main campus in Romeoville, Illinois, we have a growing number of fully on-line programs and locations in Oak Brook, Tinley Park and Albuquerque, NM.
Inspired by the University's Mission values of Wisdom, Knowledge, Justice, Fidelity and Association, the Lewis Community declares that we are a Sanctified Zone where people are committed to working to end racism, bias and prejudice by valuing diversity in a safe and nurturing environment. Lewis University, sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, serves a diverse community and is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion on our campus as an equal opportunity employer. We invite applications from individuals that embody a commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status and other protected status as required by applicable law. We are fully dedicated to providing opportunities for development of the whole person. To demonstrate this commitment, Lewis University wishes to build a culturally diverse workforce which strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.