Full Time Officers

Career Opportunities

Our police department has 13 commissioned police officers who patrol and protect our campus community 24 hours a day, year-round. Our department’s primary jurisdiction is the 325-acre campus, which includes a population of over 12,300 students and 1,200 faculty/staff members.  Community oriented policing is at the heart of our success here in Eagle Country. Our department is committed to building relationships with community members while providing the highest level of service to keep our citizens safe.

On a typical shift, our officers engage in a wide variety of activities, such as:

  • Responding to, investigating and solving crimes;
  • Patrolling the streets, residence halls, administrative buildings and grounds of our campus;
  • Providing safety and security at sporting events and other special events;
  • Assisting our campus community with battery jumps, safety escorts, vehicle and door unlocks;
  • Providing backup to neighboring agencies; and
  • Connecting our vulnerable community members with resources and services.

Officers that wear our uniform take an oath to honestly and faithfully serve and protect our campus and community.  Our officers take this job to heart, and it requires top-notch training and education.  Our officers participate in an average of 54 hours of training per year, which enables them to stay up-to-date on various law enforcement topics and changing technology, prepares them for split-second decisions, allows them to effectively serve and protect the public, as well as advancing their careers and enabling growth in the department.

We are very dedicated to our goal of recruiting, training, and developing our employees, as well as our objective to hire only THE most qualified individuals through a strong commitment to our hiring standards.

Interested individuals can check for position openings and apply for jobs at the EWU Employment Opportunities page.   Questions can be directed to any university police officer.

Thank you for your interest in employment with us.  We look forward to seeing you in one of our testing processes to get you on your way to a new career!

EWU Police patrol car

Duties and Requirements

The EWU Campus Police Officer will patrol the buildings and grounds of Eastern Washington University.

In the performance of their duties they shall:

  • Give special attention to areas of high crime incidents.
  • Conduct criminal investigations, and prepare reports of all investigations.
  • Make arrests and process individuals; testify in court and/or at University hearings.
  • Notify superiors of major crimes and other notable incidents.
  • Give directions and general information to guests and visitors.
  • Respond to emergency calls such as fires and personal injuries.
  • Assist in the training and mentoring of new officers.
  • Inspect and maintain assigned equipment including firearms and clothing.
  • Perform any other duties necessary to protect the lives, safety and property of the students, staff, faculty and guests of the University.
  • Participate in public safety related events and conduct training seminars for students, faculty and staff as required.
  • Attend all departmental in-service training and training seminars as required by the Chief of Police.
  • Be ready, willing and able to work additional work details outside of the normal schedule should the need for additional manpower be necessary.
  • Be subject to callback should an emergent event occur that effects the safety and well-being of the Eastern Washington University community.

The optimal candidate will have a vast law enforcement background, be community policing oriented, a problem solver with superior inter-personal skills and an inherent desire to assist the community in which they serve.

  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • Must be a legal resident of the State of Washington
  • Must possess a high school graduate diploma or GED, with higher education in a related field preferred and must have the ability to speak clearly, read and write fluently in the English language.
  • Two years of full-time college in Police Science or allied field; or one year of Police or related field.
  • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
  • Candidate must demonstrate interest, ability and/or experience promoting cultural competency and/or diversity.
  • Ability to verbally communicate with both internal and external constituents in a professional and direct manner while maintaining customer service.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail through diligence and maintaining a high standard for finished work product.
  • Exemplifies roles requiring leadership and the associated characteristics of a strong leader: accountability, integrity, self-motivated, and a desire to lead others by example.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to establish and build relationships with a diverse range of colleagues and customers.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills to make decisions in emergency/harmful situations, as well as the use of problem solving skills as part of daily work responsibilities.
  • Must possess a Washington driver’s license with a good driving history and be capable of operating a law enforcement vehicle during both day and night, in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow.
  • Applicants will be required to pass the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Fitness Test and participate in an oral board interview and testing as a part of the recruitment process. Applicants will be notified of the dates/times for these components of the process. The fitness test consists of a 300 meter run (to be completed in no more than 71.0 seconds), pushups (minimum of 21/maximum of 35), sit ups (minimum of 30/maximum of 38) and a mile and a half run (to be completed in no more than 14.31 minutes). Human Resources will contact applicants for the next available Fitness Test.
  • The selected candidate will be required to work rotating shifts and attend any required training at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy.
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass both a psychological and polygraph test prior to entrance into the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy.
  • This is an Agency Shop position.
  • Job offer will be conditional upon the successful completion of an Oral interview and testing process, rigorous background investigation, psychological examination and passing of a thorough background check as well as successfully attending and completing the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy obtaining a full commission to work in the State of Washington as a commissioned police officer.
  • Must be computer literate and able to operate software programs associated with campus police duties.
  • Current commissioned police officer OR
  • Has completed Criminal Justice Training Commission Reserve Police Officer Academy and has been employed for the last two years as a police officer.
  • No felony convictions
  • No domestic violence convictions
  • No alcohol/drug related traffic convictions in the last three years or repeat alcohol/drug convictions after the age of 18 within the last ten years.