Campus Police Officer

  • Eastern Washington University
  • Cheney, WA 99004, USA
  • Feb 01, 2024
Full time Public Safety/Police

Job Description


Campus Police Officer

About Eastern Washington University:
Eastern Washington University, a regional, comprehensive public university with an enrollment of over 10,000 students, is one of six state-funded four-year institutions of higher education in Washington, each governed by its own board of trustees. EWU’s 300-acre main campus is located in Cheney, a community of 12,000 residents 16 miles southwest of Washington’s second largest city, Spokane. Eastern also offers programs in downtown Spokane at the innovative, energy-efficient Catalyst building and at Riverpoint, a campus shared with Washington State University. In addition, EWU programs can be found at select locations throughout the state, aligned with the needs of the community. Eastern contributes to the vitality of the region and the state through its wide array of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in over 100 fields of study, as well as applied doctorates in physical therapy and educational leadership, offering accessible pathways to career success and personal development to students of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

Eastern Washington University has been recognized for its commitment to helping undergraduate students learn, grow and succeed by Colleges of Distinction, a nationally trusted resource guide for college-bound students. The honor recognizes Eastern as a ’22-’23 College of Distinction (CoD). Money magazine recently named EWU as one of its Best Colleges in America 2023.
Tribal Land Acknowledgement
Eastern Washington University resides within the traditional homelands of the Spokane People and other tribes who are connected through their shared history of this region. This land holds their cultural DNA and it is their Ancestors who are here and bring forth the knowledge of this place—the knowledge that comes from the land.

Job Summary:

  • Eastern Washington University is currently seeking applications for a Campus Police Officer.
  • Our officers promote personal safety for all of our campus community populace; provide protection and security for university facilities and interests; utilize crime prevention and suppression techniques; maintain orderly flow of traffic, investigate accidents, issue parking and moving citations; respond to complaints, disturbances, and law violations, make arrests and apprehensions; conduct preliminary and follow-up investigations, interview complainants/victims, suspects, and witnesses, complete thorough and accurate written reports, collect/maintain evidence, participate in court and judicial proceedings; assist other law enforcement agencies, fire rescue departments, and emergency medical technicians; attend specialized trainings, address crowd control at special events, render first aid whenever necessary; participate in special details, including crowd and traffic control and participate in community relations activities on and off campus.
  • In addition to salary, the university offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, life and disability insurance and retirement. In addition, EWU offers generous vacation and sick leave accruals, 13 paid holidays per year and fringe benefits, such as tuition waiver for employees, discounted EWU sports tickets and free transportation through STA buses. For additional information regarding insurance benefits please see our Benefits page:

Required Qualifications:

  • High school graduation or GED
  • Minimum age of 21 years
  • Valid driver’s license
  • No previous felony convictions
  • An associate degree or a minimum of 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Preference will be given to candidates who have earned 60 college credits.
  • Candidate must demonstrate interest, ability and/or experience promoting cultural competency, universal accessibility and/or diversity.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current commissioned police officer.
  • Effectively communicates verbally and in writing; demonstrates empathy and compassion
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners; works independently and on a team.
  • Provide customer service through community interactions with an educational focus.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Behave morally and make ethical decisions
  • Establish and maintain command presence
  • Demonstrate physical and mental courage and maintain situational awareness
  • Serve the campus community while engendering values of justice, professionalism, trust, service, and integrity
  • Utilizes de-escalation and conflict resolution skills
  • Manage critical incidents and crises
  • Innovate and display mental agility

Job Duties:
% of Time: 50
Responsibility / Duty: Patrol a designated area on foot or in a patrol car to enforce institution rules and regulations, local, state, and federal statues, and ordinances. Inspect buildings and grounds for prowlers, conduct fire watches as necessary, property damage, or other irregularities
Essential Function Indicator: Yes

% of Time: 20
Responsibility / Duty: Direct and regulate traffic; investigate accidents or crimes; administer first aid; issue citations for violations; gather evidence; locate witnesses; appear in court, present evidence, and testify against persons accused of crimes.
Essential Function Indicator: Yes

% of Time: 15
Responsibility / Duty: Issue misdemeanor citations; investigate, arrest and/or book suspects into applicable detention facilities for misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, and felony offenses.
Essential Function Indicator: Yes

% of Time: 5
Responsibility / Duty: Assist city or county police and state patrol in cases of emergency.
Essential Function Indicator: Yes

% of Time: 5
Responsibility / Duty: Operate department communication equipment; answer telephone inquiries; receive reports of criminal activity; dispatch foot and mobile units; operate paging system; monitor alarm systems; prepare, type and distribute reports.
Essential Function Indicator: Yes

% of Time: 5
Responsibility / Duty: Prevent or disperse illegal gatherings or demonstrations; maintain surveillance of an area suspect for criminal activity. Perform other duties as required.
Essential Function Indicator: Yes

Conditions of Employment:
IMPORTANT: EWU will consider Entry Level applicants who have successfully completed the following two steps (in either order):

  1. Submit an online application for employment via this posting AND
  2. Pass Public Safety Testing tests (physical and written tests) within the past 12 months. Testing information is available at:

  • All new employees will comply with EWU Immunization Policy 602-02 and provide proof of immunity or vaccination to MMR before beginning work at EWU. Waivers for the immunization requirements are available for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs.
  • The selected candidate will be required to work rotating shifts. Entry level applicants will be required to attend a 720 hour basic law enforcement academy and certify as a peace officer as a condition of continuing employment. Lateral applicants must also have a current Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certificate or equivalent certification from another state-approved academy. Out of state lateral applicants must achieve certification by the Washington State Equivalency Academy within one year or employment.
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass both a psychological and polygraph test prior to entrance into the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy for both entry and lateral applicants.
  • During the course of university employment this position will be involved in the receipt of, or accountability for, university funds or other items of value; as well as the unsupervised access with the developmentally disabled, vulnerable adults or children under the age of 16. The offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion and passing of a background check prior to beginning employment.
  • This position is covered by the Washington Federation of State Employees’ Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • This position is designated as an Essential Employee. Essential employees provide vital support to EWU and are subject to recall to work when deemed necessary by the Chief of Police/designee. Recall to work typically happens due to an emergency, disaster or special event that may coincide with the official suspension of classes and/or closing of offices.
  • Open Until Filled: This is an open recruitment to establish a pool of applicants; a three day notice will be provided prior to closure of recruitment.

Salary Information: $68,412 – $92,004 Where the hired candidate will begin within this range is dependent on education, experience, and skills.

Posting Date: 01/02/2024
Open Until Further Notice: Yes
Closing Date:
Screening to Begin: Immediately

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Submit your application materials through our online applications portal provided below. If you are unable to submit through the applicant portal, please contact Human Resources Services at (509) 359-2381.

To apply, visit

EWU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, age, marital status, families with children, protected veteran or military status, HIV or hepatitis C, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, as provided for and to the extent required by state and federal laws.

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