University Police Officer I

  • Framingham State University
  • Framingham, MA, USA
  • Feb 15, 2020

Job Description

Company Description:

Framingham State University is a vibrant comprehensive liberal arts institution located in the MetroWest suburbs of Boston, which integrates an academically challenging liberal arts education with workforce preparation programs. FSU takes pride in empowering student success by providing a superior education, leading research and innovation opportunities, and a strong first-year experience.

Founded in 1839, FSU enrolls about 4,000 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate and professional students. FSU offers 36 bachelor's degrees with 57 specialized concentrations, 63 minors, and 24 master's degree programs, in a highly personalized teaching environment. FSU employs more than 330 faculty members, 89% of whom have terminal degrees.

FSU is deeply committed to inclusive excellence, encourages a supportive, diverse and collaborative learning environment, and provides a culturally relevant education. FSU is honored to be a five-time recipient of the INSIGHT into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award and the only public institution in Massachusetts to be recognized in 2019. FSU also belongs to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence community, providing national leadership in science education and exploring strategies that will lead to more inclusive science education. FSU encourages applications from persons who share our commitment to promoting a welcoming and inclusive community.

Our founding motto, "Live to the Truth", was said at the end of each class by beloved first principal, Cyrus Peirce, who sought to discover and teach "the truth" - "truth in theory and principle,...truth in spirit and motive,...truth in manner and form,...truth intellectual and truth moral." Principal Bagnall found this motto "speaks of sincerity of spirit,...of intensity of effort, of resolution to succeed, of joy in achievement." "Live to the Truth" continues to guide our institution in practice and endeavor. FSU seeks employees who share in this quest for truth and commit to living it fully.

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Job Description:

One University Police Officer position (officially classified as Campus Police Officer I (CPO I)) is available in the University Police Department. We seek an experienced officer to provide flexible, responsive, high quality community policing.

FSU University Police Officers patrol campus buildings, grounds, and properties owned by Framingham State University; enforce State Laws, University policies, rules and regulations; investigate crimes, accidents, complaints, and other incidents as directed; prepare concise and complete reports; direct traffic, staff post when necessary, handle confidential and sensitive information; and perform other duties as assigned by Chief of Police and superior officers. University Police Officers interact frequently with students, faculty, staff and visitors. University Police Officers are required to carry a University issued firearm while on duty. This position is considered "essential personnel" and requires you to report for duty when requested.

University Police Officers are assigned on a rotating basis to one of the three shifts and shifts may include weekends and nights. Officers are appointed by the Colonel of the State Police as Special State Officers pursuant to M.G.L. c. 22C, section 63. Upon receiving appointment as a Special State Police Officer, University Police Officers, while performing duties in the buildings and on the grounds of the University have the same police authority to make arrests as State Police Officers.

University Police Officers must exercise clear quick thinking in emergencies and perform related work as required, establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others, deal tactfully with others, interact with people who are under physical and or emotional distress, follow oral and written instructions, and be willing to work nights, weekends, and report for duty at any time when emergencies arise.

Please review the full Campus Police Officer Series classification specification.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Chief of University Police, Deputy Chief of University Police, and Sergeant of University Police





  1. Must be eligible to be appointed (warranted) and maintain appointment by the Massachusetts State Police as a Special State Police Officer pursuant to M.G.L. c 22c, Section 63 (see more information at Memo re: SSPO Applications);
  2. Must possess or have the ability to obtain and maintain a Class A license to carry firearm (M.G.L.c.140, Section 131). (Without restriction); and
  3. Must have and maintain a valid Massachusetts Driver's License.


Preference will be given to candidates who meet the following additional qualifications:

  • Strong Interpersonal skills;
  • Knowledge of police procedures and practices, the law of arrest and criminal procedures;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to prepare written reports;
  • Graduates of the M.P.T.C Basic 312 hour Reserve Police Academy and have an associate's degree or higher in Criminal Justice;
  • Candidates eligible for appointment as a Special State Police Officer under Chapter 22C, Section 63 without additional training; and/or
  • Graduates of the SSPO or Municipal Police Academy.


  • Annual in-service trainings will be required.
  • Selected candidate may also be required to successfully complete the Special State Police Basic Recruit Academy or M.P.T.C Basic Recruit Academy including basic recruit firearms training.
  • Officers failing to receive a warrant from the State Police to serve as a Special State Police Officer or who may have their warrants suspended during their employment will be subject to dismissal from employment.
  • Failure to maintain a license to carry a firearm and/or a valid driver's license will subject officers to dismissal.
  • Officers whose warrant applications are pending will be assigned duties that do not require Special State Police powers.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time non-exempt, benefits-eligible position in the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) bargaining unit in the job classification of Campus Police Officer I. The bi-weekly compensation rate is $1,707.31 (Grade 15, Step 1) (before training) and $1,799.63 (Grade 16, Step 1) (after training).

Framingham State University conducts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) checks relative to prior criminal convictions and pending cases, as well as Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks relative to prior sexual offenses committed as an adult or juvenile on final candidates prior to an offer of employment for all positions. Framingham State University requires specific written authorization to conduct background checks. Failure to provide such authorization shall preclude your application from receiving further consideration. Successful Medical and Psychological testing is required for this position prior to appointment.

Framingham State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.


Application Instructions:

Candidates must apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

For priority consideration, application should be received by March 15, 2020. The position will remain open until filled.

Framingham State University only accepts application materials through our online application system. We are unable to accept application materials through mail, email, fax, or hand delivery. If you experience technical issues with the online application process, please submit a helpdesk ticket.

Framingham State University understands that persons with specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance, please contact the Human Resources Office at 508-626-4530 or