Police Recruit/Officer

Job description

UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. We are growing with the DFW region, enrolling a record 47,000+ students across our system and awarding nearly 12,000 degrees each year.

Posting Title:

Police Recruit/Officer


UNT-Police Services-152500

Job Location:


Full Time/Part Time:


Salary Information:

Recruit $57,200 / Officer $62,000

Department Summary:

Working with the UNT Police Department will be an experience you won’t get elsewhere. The UNT campus, including our police department, is a tight-knit and inclusive community that supports our diverse students, faculty and staff. Many of our officers are UNT graduates or students because we put a high value on education and training. That emphasis led our department to a rare dual accreditation, showing both our concern for our community and our dedication to professionalism.

Our 45 state certified police officers enforce municipal and state laws, and UNT policies, while providing service to campus 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

The department has full law enforcement jurisdiction within the UNT campus, city of Denton, and any county where UNT maintains property. We proudly serve these areas, taking time to get to know our community and partnering with them to provide a safe environment for their learning and professional development.

Position Overview:

The Police Officer assigned to field services is responsible for patrolling the University campus. The officer is responsible for enforcement of criminal laws, ordinances, traffic laws, and the enforcement of University regulations which specifically pertain to the behavior and welfare of students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Work involves patrolling the campus area and surrounding jurisdiction by vehicle, bicycle, and foot, both day and night.

Minimum Qualifications:

•High school diploma/GED equivalent

•Must be at least 20 ½ years of age at time of application, as the State of Texas requires licensed peace officers to be 21 years of age at the completion of the police academy.

•The State of Texas requires all peace officers to be U.S. citizens.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Good moral character and ability to furnish acceptable character references.
• Understanding of and willingness to abide by the Police Officers Code of Ethics.
• Physical ability to perform Police Officer (Law Enforcement) duties.
• Ability and willingness to work long or irregular hours, on various and changing shifts, sometimes under severe emotional stress and inclement weather.
• Exercises good judgment and utilizes tact and courtesy when working with the public under frequently stressful conditions.
• Ability to react quickly and effectively under emergency (high stress) situations.
• Demonstrates professional demeanor and superior oral communication skills.
• Ability to formulate effective solutions to problem situations in accordance with statutes, regulations, and training.
• Knowledge of safety and security precautions appropriate to work performed.

Preferred Qualifications:

The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:
*TCOLE certified peace officer.
*Bachelor’s Degree in business, criminal justice, sociology, computer science or related field.

Work Schedule:

Shift work which can include nights, weekends and holidays.

Driving University Vehicle:


Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Classification Title:

Police Officer

Physical Requirements:

Talk or Hear


Provides high visibility patrol to the campus by vehicle, bike, and foot. Has an understanding of how to balance time during shift to achieve optimal results (i.e. doesn’t focus on just one or two areas).


Accurately generates appropriate paperwork required from position. Routinely inspects & maintains any and all equipment issued to them.


Demonstrates initiative and encourages service and process improvements. Ensures compliance with policies, statutes, safety guidelines and procedures.


Demonstrates and encourages honesty, fairness, and ethical conduct. Delivers responsive, courteous and accurate delivery of service.


Has an understanding of peak work periods and demonstrates responsibility by regular attendance. Does not allow personal problems to interfere with job responsibilities and accepts responsibility for actions.


Regularly engages with the community to develop and foster positive public/police relationships. Understands that just because you can do something legally doesn’t mean it’s necessary (What you can do vs. what you should do).


Works as a member of a team placing team goals ahead of individual goals. Demonstrate professional demeanor in the workplace and uses interpersonal skills constructively to resolve conflicts.


Reflects reasoned judgment and “common sense” when identifying/resolving issues w/focus on optimal outcomes and uses appropriate discretion in resolving problems, performance issues, and complaints.


Quantity and quality of work activities are directed toward optimal resource utilization and outcome.

Posting Number:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

After completing the application, applicants must also complete the Police Department Application Supplement. The Application Supplement and instructions on completion can be found at:

Additional information about police department careers and the hiring process can be found at:

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Job No:
Posted: 5/15/2021
Application Due: 8/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time