Tel: 401 - 465-9152 | Mail:

Villanova University Police
Police Officer

Position Title: Police Officer
Concentration: Law Enforcement
Level of Entry: Entry Level

Hiring Agency

Agency: Villanova University Police
Address: 800 Lancaster Avenue
City: Villanova
State: PA    Zipcode: 19085
Contact: Human Resources

Descriptive Tasks/Responsibilities for Position

Villanova University Police Officers are responsible for the operational law enforcement functions of the Department of Public Safety. Police officers are expected to protect life and property, preserve the peace, maintain good order, and respond to calls for service. University police officers enforce both the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well as the regulations and code of conduct of Villanova University relating to safety and security. Officers conduct routine patrol by vehicle, on bicycle, and on foot and respond to general calls for service, in addition to emergency calls. Officers monitor vehicular and pedestrian traffic on University property and enforce motor vehicle laws in furtherance of vehicular and pedestrian safety. Officers also investigate crimes, complete detailed written reports, and testify in court when needed.

University Police Officers are expected to work closely with members of the University community, utilizing proactive, community oriented policing techniques to prevent crime and enhance safety. Officers are also expected to calmly intervene during tense situations, and to apply conflict resolution and de-escalation techniques to settle disturbances when possible. Being an important part of a Catholic community, Officers are required to act legally, morally, and ethically at all times.

University Police Officers are required to acquire and maintain Act 120 Police training and must maintain a valid PA drivers license. Officers are required to demonstrate physical fitness for duty throughout the course of employment as a sworn Officer. Officers must maintain proficiency in firearms and other specialized equipment throughout the course of employment as a sworn Officer.

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.


Must be 21 years of age or older.
High School Diploma or equivalent required.
PA Resident with a valid PA Driver’s License required with a good driving record. Must be able to meet and maintain VU driving privileges as outlined by Villanova’s Risk Management’s Motor Vehicle Record Policy for Driver’s of University Vehicles.
Ability to acquire and maintain proficiency in firearms, ASP Tactical Baton, OC Pepper Spray, and handcuffing techniques.
Acquire and maintain adequate physical fitness as demonstrated through the ability to complete Act 120 pre-academy physical agility requirements.
Ability to safely operate a police vehicle in an emergency situation.
Knowledge of Pennsylvania Crimes Code, Vehicle Code and Rules of Criminal Procedure; Knowledge of contemporary policing and basic investigative techniques.
Successful completion of Pennsylvania Act 235 Lethal Weapons Course and license or attainment of licensure within one year of appointment.
Successful completion of Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers’ Training Academy (ACT 120) or a waiver preferred. Will consider applicants who are capable of completion of said academy within one year of appointment.
Prior to being sworn, candidates must successfully complete the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission Certification Exam.
Acquire and maintain first aid and CPR Certifications.

Preferred Qualifications:
Knowledge of safety and security practices in a college setting.
Knowledge of basic investigative techniques.
Understanding of emergency response procedures, including, but not limited to, knowledge of emergency evacuation procedures, as well as principles of Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS).
Knowledge of emergency medical procedures.

Application Period

Application Period Begins: 02/19/2021

Application Period Ends: 04/23/2021

Number Positions to be Filled: 2

Yearly Salary: $56,000.00
(Some agencies may post only their standard hourly rate)

Return to Main Employment Listings