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Police Officer - Purdue University Police Department

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.    

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

  1. Physical Fitness Exam
  2. Written Exam
  3. Oral Interview Panels
  4. Background Investigation
  5. Chief's Interview
  6. Drug Screening, Post-Offer Medical, and Psychological Evaluation

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

  1. Physical Agility Test – 60 second obstacle course
  2. Oral Interview Panels
  3. Background Investigation
  4. Chief's Interview
  5. Drug Screening, Post-Offer Medical, and Psychological Evaluation
  • 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.

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 Captain Allen Myles 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: 
  • 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
  • All interested job seekers MUST submit a completed application via the Internet at  
  • Applications will be accepted until Monday, June 21, 2021 at 5:00 PM
  • All qualifying applicants WHO ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE MUST be available on Saturday, June 26, 2021 for the written exam.  No exceptions will be granted to this date.  We will notify you with details if you are to participate.  Notifications will be sent via email no later than Wednesday, June 23, 2021 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
  • 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
  • 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: and 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
All university employees are afforded a generous benefits package including medical/dental/vision insurance, paid time off, and retirement contributions. As part of Purdue University’s expansive employee benefit package, the University is proud to offer its employees the opportunity to grow, learn, and advance by offering a tuition remission opportunity at both Purdue University and Purdue Global.

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