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Purdue University
Police Officer

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

Hiring Agency

Agency: Purdue University
Address: 610 Purdue Mall
City: West Lafayette
State: IN    Zipcode: 47907
Contact: Haley Arnold
Phone: 7654388236
Email Address:

Descriptive Tasks/Responsibilities for Position

Job Summary

As a Police Officer for Purdue University you will observe for and investigate complaints of criminal activity, e.g., missing persons, disturbances, traffic problems, crowd problems, etc. Secure and examine crime scenes, and interview victims, witnesses, suspects and offenders. Generate detailed case reports. Investigate traffic crashes and complete required reports. Resolve disputes or disturbances and restore order. Provide police services, traffic control, and assistance to other law enforcement agencies as needed. Provide traffic control, crowd control and security at sporting and special events. Actively support and participate in the community policing philosophy of the department. Provide appropriate police services with emphasis in the parking enforcement area by enforcing Indiana State laws and University rules and regulations as they pertain to parking.

PUPD is accepting applications from experienced and non-experienced applicants, each applicant type will conduct a different process as described below.

Non-experienced Process Description:

The Purdue Police Officer hiring process consists of the following steps:

Physical Fitness Exam
Written Exam
Oral Interview Panels
Background Investigation
Chief's Interview
Drug Screening, Post-Offer Medical, and Psychological Evaluation

Experienced/Lateral Process Description:

The qualified current officer hiring process consist of the following steps:

This process is only for currently employed full-time officers who have graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy OR another state police academy recognized by the ILETB as an approved academy for a basic training waiver. Officers meeting these requirements will be contacted directly by PUPD to begin the hiring process.

Physical Agility Test – 60 second obstacle course
Oral Interview Panels
Background Investigation
Chief's Interview
Drug Screening, Post-Offer Medical, and Psychological Evaluation

For complete information about the Physical Fitness and Written Exam please visit:

For more information about the Purdue University Police Department please visit:

For further information about the Police Officer hiring process please contact Lieutenant Ryan Edwards at 765-494-8221 or



High school diploma/GED
Must successfully complete the 40-hr Pre-Basic and Basic training courses through the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) within the first twelve months of employment
Must successfully complete the Purdue Probationary Officer Training and the Purdue Field Training Program within the first twelve months of employment
A strong commitment to customer service and use of good judgment
Strong interpersonal relationship and public relations skills
Strong conflict resolution skills and problem solving ability
Ability to adapt and react to unusual conditions and work effectively under pressure
Strong written and oral communication skills
Ability to maintain Indiana Police Officer certification including completion of 24 hours of continuing education annually
Must be physically and mentally capable of performing all duties of a police officer
Must successfully complete the Purdue Police Officer Physical Abilities Test annually
Must be at least 21 years of age
A valid Indiana driver’s license and United States citizenship
Must be able to maintain a valid Indiana Driver's license


Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice or related area
One year of experience in public safety or law enforcement
Bilingual communication skills

Additional Information:

All new hires will be expected to follow Protect Purdue guidelines
Learn more about Purdue’s benefits summary
Purdue will not sponsor an employment authorization for this position
This posting represents multiple positions
A Background Check will be required for employment in this position
For this hiring cycle, applications will be accepted until December 13, 2022 at 5:00 PM
All qualifying applicants WHO ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE MUST be available on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 8:00 AM for the physical assessment and written exam. No exceptions will be granted to this date for this hiring cycle. We will notify you with details if you are to participate. Notifications will be sent via email no later than Thursday, December 15, 2022 to the email address listed in your completed online application. Applicants who pass the physical assessment and written exam and move forward in the process will be contacted to arrange for an interview.
*Qualified applicants who are unable to attend the current testing date will still be considered for additional hiring cycles and will be notified regarding dates for future physical assessments and written exams
Consideration will be given to certified law enforcement candidates and non-certified candidates; certified law enforcement candidates who are currently employed full-time as a sworn officer in good standing will be exempt from the Physical Fitness Exam and Written Exam
*Candidates who meet this criterion will be considered year-round with no application deadline
Exposed to job hazards and working conditions associated with police work
May work non-traditional hours
The schedule for this position consists of rotating twelve hour shifts
Required to wear a pager and carry a cell phone for callback to campus
FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible For Overtime)
Retirement Eligibility: PERF/Non-exempt Defined Contribution Plan
Please consult the following for additional benefits information: Purdue University’s Public Employee Retirement Fund (PERF), and Purdue University’s Police Officer and Firefighters Pension
Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Application Period

Application Period Begins: 11/14/2022

Application Period Ends: 11/14/2023

Number Positions to be Filled: 5

Yearly Salary: $30.98
(Some agencies may post only their standard hourly rate)

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