University of Massachusetts Amherst
University Police Officer

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

Hiring Agency

Agency: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Address: 585 E. Pleasant Street
City: Amherst
State: MA    Zipcode: 01003
Contact: Ian Cyr
Phone: 413-545-8668
Fax: 413-545-1725

Descriptive Tasks/Responsibilities for Position

Exercises police powers under authority of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 75 Section 32A, in order to prevent, deter, and detect violations of criminal and motor vehicle laws, rules, and regulations. Ensures public safety through enforcement and education.
Directs and controls pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic; enforces university traffic and parking rules and regulations; issues traffic citations under authority of MGL C 90 § 1c.
Patrols university properties and adjacent geographic areas (and areas subject to the provisions of mutual aid agreements), to ensure the protection of persons and property, and to detect and deter criminal activity. Remains alert for health and safety hazards, and theft or damage to property. Takes appropriate action to mitigate and/or report hazards and damage.
Operates motor vehicles and conducts patrols using marked, semi-marked, and unmarked police cars, motorcycles, bicycles, horses, ATVs, and on foot. May operate pick-up truck/trailer combinations and other task specific vehicles.
Aids and assists all persons in danger of physical harm, or victims of crime, accidents, or illness.
Maintains order at the scene of public assemblies and gatherings, protests, marches, concerts, sporting, and other special events.
Responds to civil disorder, civil disobedience, and potentially riotous situations involving large or unruly crowds. Trains in and performs crowd control tactics. Restores public order and quality of life.
Conducts preliminary and follow-up investigations into both routine and complex offenses, misdemeanor and felony criminal activities.
Applies investigative and interrogatory techniques when interviewing suspects, witnesses, and victims.


Must be a citizen of the United States.
Must be at least 21 years old at the time of appointment.
Candidate must meet at least one (1) of the following qualifications below:
Completed an Associate's degree or attained an equivalent number of credits (60) toward a Bachelor's degree at an accredited institution of higher learning prior to the date of hire (copy of transcripts verifying 60 credit hours towards Bachelor’s degree required at application), OR
High school graduate or equivalent, and have four (4) years of uninterrupted military service (DD-214 Member 4 Copy required at time of application, or official proof of service if still actively serving) OR
High school graduate or equivalent, and have successful completion of the Reserve Intermittent Training Academy training and a minimum of one (1) year of law enforcement experience since graduating the Reserve Intermittent Training Academy

Current valid driver’s license
Current Massachusetts Class A License To Carry a firearm
First Responder/CPR/AED/Narcan and Epi-pen certifications
Must possess the physical ability to perform duties required of a police officer.
Must possess strong oral and written communication skills.
Successful completion of CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check.
Successful completion of oral board interviews.
Successful completion of oral interview with Chief of Police.
Successful completion of a medical examination.
Successful completion of the requirements of a Physical Agility Testing (PAT) process.
Recommendation upon completion of a psychological evaluation.
Successful completion of a background investigation process, including criminal, personal, financial inquiries to determine suitability of the candidate. Note: Any prior conviction for a felony or untruthfulness in this background investigation process are automatic disqualifiers for employment.

Must possess the ability to work in all types of weather conditions, shift/squad assignments, and holidays as necessary.
Must be able to follow written and verbal instructions.

Application Period

Application Period Begins: 01/01/2022

Application Period Ends: 01/31/2022

Number Positions to be Filled: 6

Yearly Salary: $55,000.00 to $60,000.00
(Some agencies may post only their standard hourly rate)

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