SERGEANT, Boston University Police Department

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SERGEANT, Boston University Police Department

Tracking Code3061 Job Description

Boston University is a dynamic and vibrant research and higher education institution. We enjoy a diverse community of students, faculty, staff and visitors on two unique campuses; the Charles River Campus that occupies a two mile swath from iconic Kenmore Square to Packard’s corner in the City of Boston, and the Medical Campus located in the city’s dynamic South End.

With an overarching commitment to community policing, members of the Boston University Police Department are committed to the safety, security and support of the 45,000 plus members of our community. The Boston University Police Department is a full-time, highly trained professional law enforcement agency with over 50 sworn officers. We provide a wide array of services including responding to and investigating criminal activity, crime prevention and awareness, critical incident response and management, personal safety education, and medical assists to name a few. We work collaboratively with other area colleges and universities, local and federal law enforcement to maximize the safety of our community from a myriad of potential threats.

The Patrol Division Patrol Supervisor/Patrol Sergeant is a ranking officer from the department who has been designated to a first line supervisor of a patrol shift. He or she works under the direct supervision of the Patrol Division Commander. The patrol supervisor is responsible for the immediate supervision and control of all personnel under his or her command and is personally responsible for the efficiency and effectiveness of members of the department. The patrol supervisor is charged with ensuring compliance with the department's rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. He or she performs various functions relating to the administrative and/or the operation of the department as directed. The patrol supervisor shall have sufficient authority to perform his or her duties and shall be accountable for the proper execution of every order, written regulation, oral instruction, or delegation of authority. The lack of the patrol supervisor’s physical presence does not relieve him or her of his or her supervisory responsibilities.

All BUPD officers are certified by the Massachusetts Municipal Training Committee, and we are empowered by the Massachusetts State Police to enforce criminal law and to make arrests on campus and in the immediate environs.

Required Skills

At this time, the department is looking for candidates for the Patrol Sergeant position who are Massachusetts Municipal Police Academy trained and certified.

Although not required, an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree is preferred. If you do not possess a degree, you will be strongly encouraged to take advantage of the very generous benefit offered by Boston University.

  • Valid Massachusetts driver’s license
  • Qualifications to possess a Massachusetts license to carry firearms
  • Good judgment and independent decision making
  • Understanding of community policing, compassion to the unique needs of college campus community
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Candidates will be required to pass a comprehensive criminal and financial background check, psychological examination and pre-employment medical exam
  • At this time, the department is looking for candidates who are Massachusetts Municipal Police Academy trained and certified.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of police experience, preferably at the rank of supervisor or sergeant, and any combination of training and experience which demonstrative possession of the required skills, knowledge and abilities.


Shift work is subject to collective bargaining agreements between the University and the Boston University Police Sergeants’ Association. Candidates must be able to work all shifts, including holidays and weekends. Some overtime is mandatory and applicants are expected to understand this.


$41.49 per hour to start.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories

Job Location Boston, Massachusetts, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular




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Posted: 9/14/2020
Application Due: 9/17/2020
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