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Police Officer
Harvard University
in Cambridge, MA

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Type: Full-Time
Posted: 03/16/2023
Category: Police and Public Safety

Harvard University Police Department


Position Description
Under the supervision of a Sergeant or higher-ranking officer, patrols assigned areas of Harvard University to protect life and property and to maintain a secure campus environment by assuring compliance with laws, rules and regulations. Main responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Patrols campus buildings and adjacent areas on foot, on bicycle and/or in cruisers
  • Investigates crimes, complaints, suspicious activity, or other incidents.
  • Exercises police powers by making arrests, searching prisoners, restraining violent persons, transporting persons under arrest or restraints to courts and districts attorney's offices in the prosecution of cases.
  • Guards against trespass, theft, damage to property or injury to individuals by diligent observation during patrol Inspects grounds, buildings, fire lanes for compliance with safety standards.
  • Controls crowds.
  • Provides personal protection when required;
  • Mediates disputes.
  • Preserves crime scenes and fire sites.
  • Administers first aid.
  • Must work with members of the University community and develop relationship and partnerships to carry out team and organizational goals.
  • Applies problem-solving skills to address issues in the community.
  • Prepares thorough and accurate incident reports, investigative reports and follow-up when warranted.
  • Overtime work, on occasion, shall be required.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Basic Qualifications
  • High School graduate/GED certificate required.
  • Must be a US citizen and obtain and retain a Massachusetts Class A license to carry a firearm and successfully complete firearms qualifications per Department standards.
  • Successfully completed a Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) certified basic Police Recruit Academy.
  • Active motor vehicle operator's license
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Associate Degree in Criminal Justice or related field preferred.
  • Must be able to perform duties under stressful conditions and to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to obtain MA POST Commission Certification and SSPO Warrant of Appointment and pass a state and national background check pursuant to M.G.L. c. 6E, § 4 as a condition of employment. This background check includes a check of Criminal Offender Record Information on all prospective employees as a condition of their employment.
Physical Requirements
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to:
  • Stand and walk for long periods of time and must be able to walk up 10 flights of stairs.
  • Move individuals or heavy objects.
  • Have physical fitness abilities to conduct arrests effectively, drive police motor vehicles safely, use weapons and subdue suspects and prisoners.
  • Enter and exit vehicles quickly while wearing approximately 15 to 20 pounds of equipment.
  • Use night vision and peripheral vision
  • Sit, while driving, for extended periods of time.
  • Have manual dexterity to use handcuffs, light flares, fire weapon, perform CPR, etc.
Working Conditions
This is not a remote position.

All Harvard community members must comply with the University's health and safety guidelines and protocols, including but not limited those related to COVID-19, such as testing, masking, distancing, etc. Additionally, Harvard requires COVID vaccination and reporting of vaccination status for all Harvard community members. You may claim exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons. Note that unvaccinated individuals are subject to additional public health measures (e.g., more frequent testing, more stringent masking, etc.) above and beyond what is required of vaccinated individuals. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement and exemptions is available on the University's "COVID-19 Vaccine Information" webpage: COVID-19 Information.

Additional Information
Applications for the Police Officer positions considered through 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 12, 2023, at which time the posting will close.
If you believe you need a reasonable accommodation in order to search for a job or to submit an application, please contact us at 617-495-2772. This is a dedicated line to assist job seekers with a disability requiring assistance in applying online.

Job Function
General Administration

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
200200 Police Officer

Harvard University Police Department


Time Status

Salary Grade

12 - Harvard Univ Police Assoc

Pre-Employment Screening
Criminal, Drug Testing, Employment, Identity

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

· I think, therefore I'll never be promoted.
19,163 Posts
Discussion Starter · #2 ·
I like to think that, since this was posted on the 16th, the closing ISN'T the 12th, which would be REALLY stupid.
  • Wow
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