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Campus Police Officer - Lateral Entry Only

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Location: Bellingham, WA
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Position Title Campus Police Officer - Lateral Entry Only
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News &\; World Report rankings.
About the Department The employees of the Department of Public Safety at Western Washington University are dedicated to providing a safe, secure, accessible educational environment. The Department of Public Safety supports Western's mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

As a Campus Police Officer, you will have the responsibility for enforcing campus regulations and local, state, and federal laws. You will be required to obtain certification or complete a basic law enforcement course as approved by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. You will have arrest powers and will be required to be commissioned law officers under the regulation of the state.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Patrol
  • Report Writing
    • Accurately and completely prepare and distribute written reports of incidents, informational and criminal cases via computer based records management system
  • Investigation
    • Investigate crimes; locate and interview witnesses; gather evidence; present evidence and testify in court against persons accused of crimes
    • Investigate personal injury and medical problem complaints; administer first aid
  • Enforcement
  • Community Oriented Policing

This position is open to lateral entry candidates only.

Required Qualifications
  • 3+ years of experience as a fully commissioned law enforcement officer
  • Be a fully commissioned law enforcement officer in WA state or have the ability to obtain a WA State Commission through the Washington State Equivalency Academy upon hire
  • Demonstrated ability developing positive working relationships with diverse community members, including young adults (18-24 years old), people of color, LGBTQ+ community, and others from marginalized groups
  • Minimum 21 years of age
  • Effective interpersonal and cross cultural communication skills
  • Possession of a valid driver's license

The Department of Public Safety practices positive community and coworker engagement. Officers must demonstrate excellence in emotional intelligence, positive morale, continuous quality improvement, and friendly customer service.

The offer of employment is contingent upon passing an extensive background investigation, polygraph test, psychological evaluation and medical/physical evaluation.

All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Current Washington State Peace Officer Certification
  • Experience working in a higher education environment
Salary Full salary range is $5,630 - $7,387/mo based on years of experience; includes an excellent benefits package.
Bargaining Unit This position is part of bargaining unit F and is covered by the collective bargaining agreement with the Washington Federation of State Employees.
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Position is open continuously

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU&rsquo\;s Policy on \;Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225\; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay)\; \;

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact \;Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report\: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus\; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western\; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the office of the Vice President for enrollment and Student Services. The report can be found at http\://

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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