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    University Police – Master Police Officer
    (lateral entry – continuous recruitment)

    The George Mason University Police Department, a CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies)-accredited agency, invites applications for the position of Master Police Officer (lateral entry). We are actively seeking a depth of experience and abilities.

    Responsibilities:

    Candidates must be able to perform law enforcement and security functions within the University Police Department. Duties, responsibilities, and requisite skills include but are not limited to: providing vehicle, bicycle or foot patrol of the campus; responding to calls for service and on-view suspicious activities; resolving complaints; investigating criminal and traffic incidents; providing first responder aid when required; and other duties as assigned. The George Mason University Police Department subscribes to a robust community-oriented policing philosophy in order to fulfil its mission.

    Qualifications:

    Required Qualifications:
    To be considered as a lateral entry candidate, applicants must meet the following qualifications at the time of application:
    • Must currently be certified as a police officer in the commonwealth of Virginia by the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), or eligible for recertification under DCJS guidelines with 40 hours of Mandatory In-Service Retraining;
    • Posses substantial law enforcement experience that qualifies the candidate to operate at the Master Police Officer-level;
    • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent;
    • Be at least 21 years of age;
    • Have U.S. citizenship;
    • Have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license;
    • No driving under the influence (DUI) convictions or illegal drug use within the past two years;
    • No felony convictions or convictions of misdemeanors involving crimes of moral turpitude or gross misconduct;
    • Successfully complete a physical agility assessment;
    • Successfully complete a polygraph, physical and psychological examination;
    • Successfully pass an in-depth background investigation;
    • Successfully complete a mandated Field Training Program administered by the department; and
    • Must live within 75 miles of the Fairfax campus.

    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Five years of law enforcement experience is preferred; 10 or more years is strongly desired;
    • Certified and experienced as a Field Training Officer;
    • Supervisory experience;
    • Certified and experienced trainer or subject matter expert: firearms, defensive tactics, Emergency Vehicle Operators Course, Drug Recognition Expert, DUI, or similar area;
    • Experience in investigations, narcotics work, Homeland Security, intelligence or similar;
    • Experience in community-oriented policing; and
    • College degree.

    Salary:

    The current salary for police officers upon graduation from academy training is $44,061. Lateral officers may be eligible for a higher pay rate upon hire; this is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and is commensurate with experience, training and education.

    Hiring Process:

    As openings occur, the initial steps of the hiring process include a successful review of the application/Personal History Statement, successful completion of the department’s physical assessment, and an assessment of body art/piercings. The best qualified candidates will be invited to an oral interview panel. Post Conditional Offer requirements include an in-depth background investigation including polygraph; and satisfactory completion of a medical examination and a psychological assessment.

    All lateral officers will be required to complete a one-year probationary period. Mason offers a comprehensive and attractive state benefits plan including a tuition benefit. Lateral officers may be eligible to continue in their existing retirement plan or begin a new retirement plan under the Virginia Retirement System/Virginia Law Officers’ Retirement System.

    To view the online job posting and apply: https://jobs.gmu.edu/postings/34575

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