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Campus Police Officers (4) (#836)

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The Campus Police Department serves Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges. The four (4) Campus Police Officer positions are considered essential positions meaning the employees are expected to report to work even if the College is closed for weather or other emergencies.  Officers must work nights, weekends, and holidays. Some overtime and occasional changes of shifts are required.  Due to the nature of the position, Campus Police Officers must respond to emergencies as needed.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide a safe and secure environment for the college communities.
  • Respond to all accidents or injuries occurring on College property and assess medical needs.
  • Enforce safety regulations, state laws, and College rules and regulations.
  • Engage the community on a daily basis on a non-law enforcement level.
  • Conduct patrols to respond to emergencies, and provide services to our communities.
  • Identify safety hazards and conditions.
  • Prepare incident reports and related written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Able to gain certification as a Special State Police Officer with either a full-time Massachusetts municipal or State Police academy, or a MA Reserve/Intermittent Academy.
  • Degree in Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid driver’s license.
  • Have or be able to obtain a Massachusetts License to Carry Firearms or FID.
  • Must have, or be able to obtain, CPR/AED and First Responder certification.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, and written and verbal communication skills, as well as exercise diplomacy, and function efficiently under extreme conditions.
  • Preference is given to candidates with experience in the law enforcement field.
  • Must be proficient in interacting with diverse communities.


Candidates who are certified as a Special State Police Officer with either a full-time Massachusetts municipal or State Police academy, or a MA Reserve/Intermittent Academy are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Hiring Process:

  • Candidates must submit three letters of reference prior to final offer of employment.
  • Qualified individuals are invited for interviews; undergo a personal, criminal, and employment background check; and medical and psychological pre-screening exams. This process generally lasts 4-6 weeks depending on the candidate pool.
  • New officers must successfully complete a 10-week field training field training program rotating through the shifts to learn the skills necessary to be successful.
  • Following field training, specific campus and shift assignment is based on a seniority shift bid every six months. However, officers are assigned to all three campuses for cross-campus coverage as needed.

The Campus Police Department is an accredited progressive community policing agency with strong service orientation.

The Department encourages qualified candidates to apply, even if they have applied previously. These positions will be open until filled. Applications will not be rejected due to unintentional errors, and applicants may ask to correct errors prior to a conditional offer being made.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Mount Holyoke College is committed to enriching the educational experience it offers through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff members. Mount Holyoke seeks to recruit and support a broadly diverse team who will contribute to the college's excellence, diversity of viewpoints and experiences, and relevance in a global society. In furtherance of institutional excellence, the College encourages applications from individuals from underrepresented groups, including faculty, staff, and administration of color, diverse gender identities, first generation college students and individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to college, and individuals with a demonstrated leadership commitment to including diverse backgrounds and perspectives.