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Patrol Officer



Reporting to a DPS Supervisor and the Director of Public Safety, the Officer works independently with limited supervision, but works with other DPS officials, access control officers, communication officers, public safety assistants and contract security guards on campus during tours of duty.  The Officer is assigned to provide visible safety and security to the Trinity University Campus, ensures compliance with appropriate written and verbal orders of the Director of Public Safety and other designated supervisors for all security, police, safety and traffic matters occurring on and around Trinity property during his or her scheduled tour of duty. 


  • High School diploma or equivalent required (Associate’s Degree or higher preferred); sufficient combination of training and experience in police supervision, preferably in a higher education environment;      
  • Knowledge of University Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities; knowledge of DC Code of Criminal Justice; DC Criminal Procedure Laws;
  • Knowledge of the principles of leadership, management, supervision, instruction, training and performance management;  
  • Knowledge in the practical application of various safety and security concepts, principles, practices and procedures (i.e.:  emergency management, fire safety, community & problem oriented policing, and campus crime prevention and awareness);    
  • Must demonstrate excellent customer service based skills; must be highly effective in both oral and written communications;     
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in widely used and contemporary computer based applications (i.e.:  MS word, excel, power-point, publisher);    


  • Must be able to obtain and maintain Special Police Officer (SPO) status through the District of Columbia, to include meeting and maintaining the prescribed requirements and qualifications associated with SPO status, pursuant with the Eligibility Requirements for Campus and University Special Police Officers as defined by the MPD Security Officer’s Management Branch (SOMB) Policy Manual.
  • Must possess (and maintain) a valid driver’s license prior to employment.  Must meet all eligibility requirements to drive a University vehicle, and must be able to be insured under the University’s automobile insurance. 
  • Candidates selected for employment, and employees in this job class may be subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. 


  • Forty (40) hours per week minimum of a non-traditional, flexible schedule.  Successful candidate must be able to work all shifts, including weekends, holidays, special events, and overtime shifts, as required.  Overtime is mandatory.   
  • Designated as an “essential employee,” this position may require irregular work assignments, including rotating shifts, swing shifts, and occasional callbacks, as needed, or as assigned.   Individual may be required to remain on duty beyond normal shift and/or be available on a 24-hour basis to report for duty without advance notice due to emergencies or staffing shortages. 


The Patrol Officer performs as follows:   

  • Responsible for performing all duties on all posts; knowledgeable of an understands all general and special orders related to patrol and different posts; conducts on the job training at the direction of higher authority; ensures all university buildings and facilities are secured and unsecured at the proper time of day; acts in support of access control systems and the inspections thereof; provides information to the community and general public as appropriate; conducts preliminary investigations under directions of a supervisor or higher authority; operates all departmental equipment required to perform assigned duties.
  • Verify and record information received to provide chronological log for University support service activities, service requests and emergencies; operate, monitor, broadcast and receive radio calls, using a variety of communication devices.  Directs community emergency situations at the direction of higher authority; monitor and dispatch personnel in response to intrusion alarm system; initiate emergency procedures, notify University Officials, direct assistance of local government emergency units; and provide traffic communications.
  • Community Relations:  Maintains liaison with University students, faculty, staff visitors, dignitaries, and neighboring community members to provide assistance and information.  Presents lectures, training, orientation and advice on crime prevention methods, police related matters and University Safety to members of the Department of Public Safety, students faculty and staff.  Conducts security surveys of university buildings and property in order to ascertain if any security flaws exist and makes appropriate recommendations to alleviate same.
  • Responsible for identifying hazards, risks, problems or concerns, related to campus-wide safety & security, and the quality of campus life; advances recommendations for improvement.    
  • Reports all complaints.  In the event of violations of departmental rules and regulations, begins initial investigations, documents findings, and makes recommendations to the Director.    
  • Participates in crime prevention and community based outreach and initiatives, as needed, or as assigned.    
  • Performs the duties and responsibilities of a patrol officer, and other duties as needed, or as assigned.

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Trinity Washington University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its students, faculty and staff. Trinity is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community and strongly encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

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