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University Police Officer



The University of West Alabama Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency serving the University of West Alabama. We are currently seeking a full-time Police Officer. Weekend work and shift work will be necessary; shift adjustments are not uncommon, sometimes with little advance notice. Regular and predictable attendance is required.

Police officers are the primary representatives of the University of West Alabama Police Department, directly responsible for delivery of public safety and law enforcement services on and near the campus and other properties owned, controlled or occupied by the University. Police Officers work under general direction of, and report directly to, the Chief of Police. Police Officers must work independently as well as collaboratively, carrying out instructions and self-initiating activity in a manner consistent with law, regulations, department policies and standard procedures.



  • High school degree or equivalent.

  • Good moral character and reputation

  • Background check required prior to employment.

  • Must be at least 21 years of age and have an acceptable motor vehicle operator’s driving record and Alabama Driver’s License.

  • Knowledge of police methods, practices and procedures, and ability to apply this knowledge to specific situations.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Police Department personnel, other UWA employees, outside law enforcement agencies and the public.

  • Ability to meet attendance schedule with dependability and consistency.

  • Ability to speak clearly and concisely.

  • Excellent decision-making capabilities in emergency and non-emergency situations.

  • High level of confidentiality.

  • Strong reading comprehension skills, with the ability to follow written and oral directions, and thorough knowledge of English grammar, spelling and punctuation.

  • Basis computer skills including word processing and Microsoft Outlook; ability to learn new programs.


  • Certified police officer by Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards Training Commission

  • Extensive knowledge of public safety activity and methods.

  • Extensive knowledge of law enforcement computer technology and equipment.

  • Extensive knowledge of law enforcement terminology and procedures.

  • Skill in reading and interpreting maps to determine locations and jurisdictional boundaries.

Example of Duties and Tasks Performed

  • Patrol campus on foot, in police vehicles or other means in order to deter crime, direct traffic, provide service or assistance to employees or visitors to campus, and to enforce traffic and parking regulations.
  • Investigate disturbances, suspicious circumstances, traffic accidents or violation of university regulations when prompted by phone calls, alarms, citizens’ requests, or officers’ observations. Talk with individuals to determine causes of disturbances or accidents. Take reports and complete forms to record incident.

  • Direct traffic at university events using barricades, traffic cones, traffic vests, and flashlights.

  • Assist local police department when called in order to enforce state laws and city ordinances.

  • Attend and testify in municipal, circuit, district, juvenile court and before grand jury; review case file and prepare for testimony.

  • Complete police documents such as daily activity reports, vehicle impound records, traffic accident reports, warning reports, permission to search, advice of rights, incident offense reports, arrest reports, bond forms, complaint forms, fingerprint cards and warrants of arrest in order to record activity on shift, complete arrest, investigate traffic accidents or other incidents of law violations.

  • Demonstrate customer service experience requiring a very high level of diplomacy and professionalism.

  • Perform related work as assigned.

Application Deadline: Review of applications begins immediately and continues until position is filled.

To Apply:

Application forms can be obtained from the University Police Department in the Craiger House. Applicants should submit completed application form along with resume to the following address:

                    Chief Jeff Manuel

                    The University of West Alabama

                    Station 50

                    Livingston, AL 35470


The University of West Alabama does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation in employment, or the provision of services


Minority applications encouraged.

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