Police Officer, Department of University Police

Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, NC

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Job location: Winston Salem, NC

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-03-08
Req: R0003159
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Job Description Summary

Performs a variety of duties to protect members of the University community from harm; provides a high degree of security for University property, and that of students, employees, and visitors. Assists in all types of emergency situations and assures orderly movement of traffic on campus. Enforces North Carolina State Laws and City Ordinances.

Job Description

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols University property on foot, bicycle, or in a vehicle to protect lives and property.

  • Conducts investigations of all accidents, crimes, and incidents by interviewing victims, witnesses, and suspects, through the identification and collection of physical evidence, searching persons, vehicles, and other premises in accordance with legal guidelines.

  • Responds to all emergency calls including potentially violent and life-threatening situations.

  • Provides crime prevention strategies; inspects University property for safety hazards, equipment malfunctions, unsecured doors, or other unusual occurrences; refers victims to appropriate services; provides directions, escorts, vehicle, and door unlock assistance, operates necessary equipment.

  • Enforces state laws, city ordinances, and University regulations.

  • Responds to fire, intrusion, and security alarms and emergency call boxes.

  • Integrates Community Policing into routine patrol activity and utilizes COPS concepts to resolve problems.

  • Responds to radio communications.

  • Renders immediate and temporary medical aid to injured and/or ill persons in emergency situations.

  • Intervenes and diffuses crisis situations as non-violently as possible.

  • Documents all activities and prepares written reports as required by departmental policy.

  • Prosecutes offenders as necessary by filing criminal charges, referral to the appropriate University authorities, or through other measures such as trespassing non-students.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

  • Takes corrective actions for violators of crimes or policies and investigates cases as assigned.

  • Utilizes SARA model of Community Policing in a collaborative manner to develop, implement, and deliver efficient and effective law enforcement and community services.

Other Functions:

  • Attends and represents the University as assigned at various meetings, events, etc.

  • Works special assignments.

  • Prepares and presents testimony in criminal, traffic, judicial hearings, and grand jury.

  • Attends advanced and specialized training activities.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

High school diploma plus specialized training with two years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Sworn law enforcement experience in a campus environment preferred.

Valid driver’s license with good driving record. Must be insurable.

Must have vision correctable to 20/20 and meet color vision requirements.

Must meet all requirements to become certified as a Law Enforcement Officer in accordance with the provisions of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission (Basic Law Enforcement Training [BLET] certification).

Medium work: Exerting up to 5 pounds of force occasionally or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

May be required to exert extreme physical effort in subduing an arrestee, restraining individuals, performing a rescue operation, or activity.

May be required to stand on foot post for long periods of time.

Must be able to perform the following physical activities: stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing and engage in repetitive motions like run/sprint distances, climb stairs/ladders and other physical activities as necessary in emergency situations.

Must be able to use a variety of law enforcement machines, instruments, and tools including radios, computers, automobiles, emergency, and investigative equipment, correctly and effectively.

Must be able to meet the other physical requirements listed by the North Carolina Training and Standards Commission.

May be exposed to hazardous materials, chemicals, explosions, or loud noises.

May be required to drive departmental vehicles for long periods of time.

Must be able to meet the requirements to be North Carolina certified law enforcement.

Will be required to work rotating shifts of eight, ten, and twelve hours, including holidays, weekends, and overtime and in adverse weather conditions as needed.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Federal laws, North Carolina General Statutes, Winston-Salem City ordinances and Wake Forest University policies.

  • Effective communication skills (oral and written) and ability to interact in a courteous and professional manner with the public, representatives of the legal system, Police Department personnel, University officials, faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

  • Ability to prepare written reports of activities and incidents with accuracy and attention to detail.

  • Ability to act and direct the actions of others quickly and make intelligent decisions in emergency situations.

  • Ability to maintain considerable working knowledge of modern policing principles.

  • Ability to adapt to an often-changing work schedule, which may include days, nights, weekends, and holidays.

Additional Job Description

Time Type Requirement

Full timeNote to Applicant:This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.


Wake Forest University, formed in 1834, has experienced decades of growth and innovation.  WFU is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs.  The University embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, which prizes the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.

Wake Forest University is a community that seeks the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning. Its higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto "Pro Humanitate," as members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service. The community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity and acknowledges the worth of the individual. The heritage, established by the school's founders and nurtured by succeeding generations, promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. Wake Forest fosters compassion and caring for others. Its collective strength and character are derived from the values and distinctive experiences of each individual; therefore, it affirms the richness of human intellect and culture and its contribution to knowledge, faith, reason, and dialogue. Furthermore, it strives toward a society in which good will, respect, and equality prevail. To that end, Wake Forest University rejects hatred and bigotry in any form and promotes justice, honor, and mutual trust.​

The University is comprised of:  the undergraduate college, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine (located on the Bowman Gray campus with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and today enrolls about 4,846 undergraduates and 2,823 students in graduate programs at its principal location, the Reynolda campus.  Students at Wake Forest University enjoy a great deal of access to and interaction with world-class faculty both in and out of the classroom setting with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.  Wake Forest employs approximately 2,772 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the fifteen-team Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Since its founding, the university has adopted the motto “pro humanitate,” which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Wake Forest has a strong commitment to holistic, eight-dimensional well-being for students, faculty and staff as evidenced in the Thrive initiative.

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, NC, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.  Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts scene.

Winston-Salem residents enjoy close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family.  Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town (www.visitwinstonsalem.com).

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