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Patrol Officer

Position Details

Position Information

Working Title Patrol Officer
Position Number 5339
Posting Number S1168
State Role Title Law Enforcement Officer I
Position Type Classified
Position Status Full Time
FLSA Status Non-Exempt: Eligible for Overtime
College/Division Police and Public Safety
Department 100236 - Police and Safety
Pay Band 3
Pay Rate Maximum Starting
Specify Range or Amount $46,062
Is this a JMU Only position? No
Is this a grant-funded position? No

Position Summary Information

General Information

The Department of Public Safety and Police at James Madison University is accepting applications for a full-time Patrol Officer.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities are as follows: patrolling university property, buildings, warehouses, storage areas and grounds on foot or in a vehicle to enforce laws and regulations; prevent crime; investigate/control disturbances and protect life and property. Other duties also include controlling crowds, traffic, parking and pedestrians; issuing tickets/citations to traffic violators; reporting traffic accidents and conducting accident investigations.

The successful candidate will respond to emergencies and requests for assistance; administer aid; investigate suspicious persons or unusual events; prepare and update a variety of records and reports; conduct initial investigations; secure evidence and apprehend, detain and arrest suspects. The successful candidate may also serve legal papers as required; testify in court and at administrative hearings; provide escort to students, staff, visitors, dignitaries and persons transporting money; provide information and give directions to employees, clients and visitors; identify hazards which may endanger public safety and operate a variety of communication and police equipment. The successful candidate will be required to use cameras, fingerprint equipment, mobile data terminals and in-car video systems.


- Demonstrated working knowledge of the principles, practices, procedures and techniques of law enforcement and applicable laws and regulations.
- Demonstrated skills in the use of police equipment relevant to the job and in the use of carried weapons.
- Demonstrated ability to apply and interpret laws, rules and regulations; to perform investigations and to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrated ability to meet physical demands of job duties.
- Valid Virginia driver’s license or ability to obtain before employment.
- Experience with flexible work environment.
- Experience making decisions / working independently.
- Ability to work rotating 12 hour shifts, nights, weekends, holidays and required overtime.
- High school diploma or equivalent preferred.
- VA DCJS police certification and NCIC/VICIN B level preferred.
- Before employment, the successful candidate will undergo a complete criminal background investigation and reference check. The successful candidate will also be required to undergo a pre-employment physical.

Condition(s) of Employment

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 01/03/2018
Beginning Review Date 01/19/2018
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Proposed Starting Date
EEO Statement

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

Reasonable Accommodation Request

If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance searching or applying for jobs please contact us at (540) 568-3597 or You may also visit the JMU Human Resource Office, located at 752 Ott Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 and we will be happy to assist you.

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn about this position?
    • Charlottesville Daily Progress
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Employee Referral
    • Harrisonburg Daily News Record
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • INSIGHT Into Diversity
    • JMU JobLink
    • Job Fair
    • NCAA
    • Northern Virginia Daily
    • Nuevas Raices
    • Other Referral
    • Phone Inquiry
    • Richmond Times Dispatch
    • Roanoke Times
    • Social Media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.)
    • US Military Pipeline
    • VA Jobs Website
    • VEC (Virginia Employment Commission)
    • Walk-in
    • Washington Post
    • Winchester Star
    • Other
  2. * If you selected a source above please type "N/A" in the following box. If you selected "Other" please indicate where you heard about the position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) as issued under DHRM Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only) If you respond "yes" to this question, a Human Resources representative will be contacting you to obtain a copy of your Yellow Form.
    • No
    • Yes
  4. * Do you have a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Card) as issued under DHRM Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only) If you respond "yes" to this question, a Human Resources representative will be contacting you to obtain a copy of your Blue Card.
    • No
    • Yes