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Police Officer

University of North Texas

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Safety & Security
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System. The UNT System includes the University of North Texas in Denton and Frisco, the University of North Texas at Dallas and UNT Dallas College of Law, and the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region. We are growing with the North Texas region, employing more than 14,000 employees, educating a record 49,000+ students across our system, and awarding nearly 12,000 degrees each year.

We are one team comprised of individuals who are committed to excellence, curiosity and innovation. We are transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. We champion a people-first values-based culture where We Care about each other and those we serve. We believe that we are Better Together because we foster an inclusive environment of respect, belonging, and access for all. We demonstrate Courageous Integrity through setting exceptional standards and acting in the best interest of our communities. We are encouraged to Be Curious about opportunities for learning, creating, discovering, and innovating, and are encouraged to learn from failure. Show Your Fire by joining our team and exhibiting your passion and pride in your work as part of our UNT System team.

Learn more about the UNT System and how we live our values at

Posting Title:

Police Officer


UNT-Police Services-152500

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Retirement Eligibility:

TRS Eligible

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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. With nearly 47,000 students, UNT is the third largest university in Texas. Many of our officers are UNT graduates or students because we highly value 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 47 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.
After completing the application, applicants who are not certified peace officers must also complete the Police Department Application Supplement.
The Application Supplement and instructions on completion can be found at:
, search under the Hiring Process tab. This Application Supplement must be turned in to the department before your application will be reviewed.

Candidates who are certified peace officers should email Sgt. Scott Windham at to let him know you have applied for the position and are currently certified .

Officers earn additional pay for their highest obtained TCOLE certificate. Basic $2,400 per year, Intermediate $4,800 per year, Advanced $7,200 per year, Master $9,600 per year

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: * Bachelor’s Degree in business, criminal justice, sociology, computer science, or a related field. * Bilingual English/Spanish.

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:

Carrying, Cleaning, Climbing, Crawling, Driving, Kneeling, Lifting up to 10 pounds, Lifting up to 25 pounds, Lifting up to 50 pounds, Lifting or moving up to 75 pounds, Pulling , Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Squatting, Stooping, Bending, Standing, Twisting, Walking, Writing, Grasp, Talk or Hear, Ability to communicate


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.

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Working at University of North Texas

Since 1890, the University of North Texas has been a catalyst for transformation for its students and the North Texas region. As the nation’s 26th largest public university, UNT is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to its 36,000 students while fueling the intellectual, economic and cultural progress of one of the largest, most dynamic regions in the United States.

A student-focused public research university, UNT graduates more than 8,500 students each year from its 12 colleges and schools and offers 97 bachelor’s, 82 master’s and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. As UNT’s strengths in science, engineering and technology grow, the university continues to nurture its core areas of distinction in music, education, social sciences, business, the arts and humanities. Leading Texas public universities in the number of Goldwater Scholars and designated a “Best in the West” university by The Princeton Review, UNT is known for its academic excellence.

By providing access, welcoming diversity and strengthening collaborations with our many educational, business and community partners, as well as building new partnerships across the globe, UNT's faculty and staff work each day to prepare students for the challenges they will meet in our changing world.

Fostering global understanding and promoting cultural appreciation are central to preparing tomorrow's successful global leaders. Our strategic international partnerships seek to improve quality of life, facilitate the exchange of ideas and culture, and allow for important research addressing global issues. UNT's campus benefits from a rich diversity of about 2,500 international students representing 140 countries.

UNT faculty produce groundbreaking research in a wide range of disciplines spanning the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology while also making nationally recognized contributions in the arts and humanities. The College of Music is one of the nation’s best music colleges with an internationally respected jazz program. UNT has the oldest program in emergency administration and planning and a unique program in applied philosophy and environmental ethics.

UNT also is home to many national centers and institutes, including the Net-Centric Software and Systems Center — a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center; the Center for Electronic Materials Processing and Integration; the Institute of Applied Science; the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling; and the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity.

UNT has developed many state-of-the-art research facilities, such as the federally funded Center for Advanced Research and Technology, one of the nation’s most extensive facilities for powerful materials characterization and analysis; a high-performance computational facility; and a clean room/nanofabrication research facility (under construction). UNT’s research extends outside the academy as well, with field stations as close as a neighboring lake and as far away as southern Chile.

In addition, UNT is developing Discovery Park, a research park with technology incubator facilities on a 300-acre property near the main campus. The university also has developed a Design Research Center in the heart of the Dallas design district.

As the largest and most comprehensive university in the North Texas region, UNT is growing as a national leader in education, research and scholarship, student support and community engagement — the pillars of a great public research university. UNT’s ultimate mission is to give a green light to greatness by helping its students, region, state and nation excel.

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