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Harvard University Police Officer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

65493BRAuto req ID:65493BRJob Code:200200 Police Officer Department Office Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Police OfficerSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :000Time Status:Full-time Union:12 - Harvard Univ Police Assoc Basic Qualifications:

  • High School graduate/GED certificate required.

  • Must be a US citizen, obtain and retain a Massachusetts Class A license to carry a firearm, and successfully complete firearms qualifications per Department standards.

  • Completed a Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) certified basic Police Recruit Academy.

  • Active motor vehicle operator’s license.

  • Ability to obtain MA POST Commission Certification and SSPO Warrant of Appointment and pass a state and national background check pursuant to M.G.L. c. 6E, § 4 as a condition of employment. This background check includes a check of Criminal Offender Record Information on all prospective employees as a condition of their employment.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • An Associate Degree in Criminal Justice or a related field is preferred. The candidate must be able to perform duties under stressful conditions and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

  • Ability to obtain MA POST Commission Certification and SSPO Warrant of Appointment and pass a state and national background check under M.G.L. c. 6E, § 4 as a condition of employment. This background check includes a check of criminal offender record information for all prospective employees.

Additional Information:Applications for the Police Officer positions will be considered until (time) pm on (Day), (month) (date), 2023, at which time the posting will close.

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Department:Harvard University Police DepartmentPre-Employment Screening:Criminal, Employment, Identity, License/Cert.Job Function:General Administration Position Description:Under the supervision of a sergeant or higher-ranking officer, patrols are assigned to areas of Harvard University to protect life and property and maintain a secure campus environment by assuring compliance with laws, rules, and regulations. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Patrols campus buildings and adjacent areas on foot, on bicycle, and/or in cruisers.

  • Investigates crimes or other incidents.

  • When required, retains or arrests suspects and assists courts and district attorneys in prosecuting cases.

  • Guards against trespass, theft, damage to property, or injury to individuals by diligent observation during patrol.

  • Controls crowds.

  • Provides personal protection when required.

  • Investigate complaints and suspicious activity.

  • Mediates disputes.

  • Inspects grounds, buildings, and fire lanes for compliance with safety standards.

  • Exercises police powers by making arrests, searching prisoners, restraining violent persons, and transporting persons under arrest or restraints.

  • preserves crime scenes and fire sites.

  • Administers first aid.

  • Must work with University community members and develop relationships and partnerships to accomplish team and organizational goals.

  • Applies problem-solving skills to address issues in the community.

  • Prepares thorough and accurate incident reports, investigative reports, and follow-ups when warranted.

  • Overtime work, on occasion, shall be required.

  • Other duties as assigned.

School/Unit:Harvard University Police Department EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Physical Requirements:While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to:

  • Stand and walk for long periods and must be able to walk up 10 flights of stairs.

  • Move individuals or heavy objects.

  • Have physical fitness abilities to conduct arrests effectively, drive police motor vehicles safely, use weapons, and subdue suspects and prisoners.

  • Enter and exit vehicles quickly while wearing approximately 15 to 20 pounds of equipment.

  • Use night vision and peripheral vision.

  • Sit while driving for extended periods.

  • Manual dexterity is required to use handcuffs, light flares, fire weapons, perform CPR, etc.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.Benefits:We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.

  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.

  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.

  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.

  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.

  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Work Format:On-Site LinkedIn Recruiter Tag (for internal use only):#LI-EP1Work Format Details:This position is based primarily on-campus, in Massachusetts. This may include in-person during emergency situations (if applicable). Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. Certain visa types may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.